Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ben Franklin Had Soul

The sound of Philly Soul

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Ben Franklin Had Soul

Philly Soul was one of the most popular forms of soul music in the early '70s. Building on the steady groove of Hi Records and Stax/Volt singles, Philly soul added sweeping strings, seductive horns, and lush arrangements to the deep rhythms. As a result, it was much smoother -- even slicker -- than the deep soul of the late '60s, but the vocals remained as soulful as any previous form of R&B. Philly soul was primary a producer's medium, as Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Thom Bell created the instrumental textures that came to distinguish the genre. That isn't to short-change the vocalists, since the Spinners, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & he Blue Notes, and the Stylistics were among many fine soul singers with distinctive voices, but the sonic elements that made Philly soul distinctive were the creation of the producers. Gamble & Huff worked with the Delfonics, Archie Bell, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the O'Jays; Bell produced the Spinners and the Stylistics, among others. The highly produced sound of Philly soul paved the way for the studio constructions of disco and urban contemporary R&B.

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The tracks:
  1. Expressway to Your Heart - The Soul Survivors 
  2. Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
  3. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
  4. Do It Any Way You Wanna - People's Choice
  5. For the Love of Money - The O'Jays
  6. Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
  7. Maybe - The Three Degrees
  8. You're the Reason Why - The Ebonys
  9. Love T.K.O. - Teddy Pendergrass
  10. Drowning in the Sea of Love - Joe Simon
  11. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - The Delfonics
  12. You Are Everything - The Stylistics
  13. Ooh Child - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble
  14. Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  15. I'll Be Around - The Spinners
  16. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell & The Drells

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Citizen Duke Rides Again

The Lost Duke Q. Wilbury Session

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As far as we can tell this is a recording from sometime in May approximately 7 or 8 years ago from a now defunct Midwest college campus radio station, most likely in the Big Ten. Duke seems to have been fired during the recording but we're not sure if this is a gimmick of his or if it actually happened. He claims he was fired because he played an unedited recording of Public Enemy's "Shut 'Em Down," but that particular version doesn't appear to have anything in it that would necessitate firing.

Our audio gurus have cleaned up the audio very well. There is some echo and the originals were slightly over-modulated, but hey, that's college radio.

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The tracks:
Gimme Danger - The Stooges
Raising Hell - Run DMC
No Friend Of Mine - The Sparkles
Orgasm Addict - The Buzzcocks
Lies - The Knickerbockers
The Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero
13 Woman - Rennegade
You Burn Me Up & Down - We The People
Victoria - The Kinks
The Seeker - The Who
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Shut 'Em Down - Public Enemy
Bad Little Woman - Shadows Of Knight
The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Johnny Burnette
Shape Of Things To Come - Max Frost & The Troopers
A Question Of Temperature - The Balloon Farm
Beat on the Brat - The Ramones