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


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