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  • Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: BBR
  • ASIN: B003WG31YG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  4. Concentrate On Me (Album Version)Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) (Album Version)Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBR introduce the first ever re-master of this album on CD and BLACK & BLUE is regarded as one of the great Philly Soul albums ever produced.
BLACK & BLUE was Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes second Philadelphia International album, released in 1973
This album features the lead vocals of Teddy Pendergrass and the classic Philly production of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.

Featured are the full length versions of Philly anthems THE LOVE I LOST (#1 R&B) and SATISFACTION GUARANTEED (#6 R&B).

Features two bonus tracks.
Released in a deluxe super jewel case.

BBC Review

James Brown's trombone player, Fred Wesley, once called the work of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records (PIR) "funk with a bow tie", and the group that truly embodied that was Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.

Backed by PIR’s invincible house band, MFSB, the Philadelphia scene veterans in the Blue Notes had melancholy down pat. Lead vocalist Teddy Pendergrass was able to convey heartache, emotion and elation in equal measure. Black & Blue was Melvin & The Blue Notes’ second album for the label, following the success of their self-titled debut in 1972, which contained the much-covered and much-loved If You Don’t Know Me by Now.

Black & Blue is probably the best of their PIR work. The Love I Lost became one of the group’s biggest hits. Originally intended as a ballad, co-writer and producer Gamble encouraged the band to speed up the song, and in doing so created a sad, swaggering, up-tempo classic. It All Depends on You is climatic and powerful, a work that has, like the best PIR catalogue, a deeper message reflecting the Civil Rights movement amid a love song. Is There a Place for Me is dark and brooding, while I'm Comin’ Home Tomorrow had poignancy for those returning from the Vietnam War.

Levity arrives in the form of Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back), a full gospel-influenced boogie about nothing weightier than getting a prospective lover between the sheets. "I don't want to sound conceited / But I'm the one you've always needed," would just sound like boasting from anyone else but Pendergrass. He then adds, "You've got no reason to be nervous / Teddy Bear's gonna give you the best of service." No wonder he vied with Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye for the position of America’s number one love man in the early 70s.

Black & Blue is spoiled only by the curious inclusion of the album’s opener, a minute-and-a-half introduction of Kander and Ebb’s show tune Cabaret, then incredibly popular due to the Oscar-winning movie of the same name. Its strange vaudevillian vibes remind you of the band’s nightclub roots, yet it jars against the remainder of the album’s sweet, sexy and serious soul.

--Daryl Easlea

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Big Break Records of the UK have a thing for Philly and as a collector of Classic Soul - I for one am glad of it (their CDs sound amazing). And following on from their Expanded reissue of "I Miss You" - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' 1972 debut album on Philadelphia International - here they come again with the group's equally brill 2nd album - "Black And Blue". Both issues feature properly fabulous Seventies Soul. Let's get down to the love we lost and bedroom weaknesses...

Released September 2010 - Big Break Records CDBBR 0013 (Barcode 5013929031326) breaks down as follows (46:56 minutes):

1. Cabaret
2. The Love I Lost
3. It All Depends On You
4. Concentrate On Me
5. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)
6. Is There A Place For Me
7. I'm Weak For You
8. I'm Coming Home Tomorrow
Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Black & Blue" released September 1973 in the USA on Philadelphia International KZ 32407 and in the UK on Philadelphia International S PIR 65859.

BONUS TRACKS:
9. The Love I Lost (Part 1) Single Version
10. I'm Weak For You (Part 1) Single Version

The album produced 2 singles in the USA and UK at the time of release and a reissue later on - (excepting "Bad Luck") this CD will allow fans to sequence those tracks as follows:
1. The Love I Lost (Part 1) b/w The Love I Lost (Part 2)
(USA - September 1973, Philadelphia International ZS7 3533
UK - November 1973, Philadelphia International S PIR 1879)
2. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) b/w I'm Weak For You (Part 1)
(USA - March 1974, Philadelphia International ZS7 3543
UK - March 1974, Philadelphia International S PIR 2178)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By alex duffy on 20 Mar. 2011
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the second album from harold melvin, was a case of more of the same...not a bad thing when you think of the standard of album no 1. satisfaction guaranteed one of the traxon the album summed up the quality, on show ,and philly provided a great follow up . the 1973 release was a mainstay of the label, along with the o jays with its soulful renderings a firm favourite with the american public. teddy pendergrasshad such a powerful voice that the gamble and huff empire, used to the maximum to put their songwriting abilities to a wider audience. without any doubt this is a classic album with great songs from a truly iconic record label .this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a truly classic album....at a fraction of the previous cost . buy this album ,without delay......awesome stuff!
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This is my favourite album/cd of all time. Theodore (Teddy) Pendergrass the lead singer of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes singing at his awesome best with passion and backed up by the incredible orchestra MFSB. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, this cd has got to be listened to, Theodore was the best singer of all time nobody comes close, if it wasn't for his car accident in 1982 he would have been a superstar the biggest ever.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Per Persson on 29 July 2014
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A masterpiece.
The love I lost was the first disco song ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2010 perfect remaster of a classic 11 Jan. 2011
By barry - Published on Amazon.com
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Thanks again to Big Break Records. They are doing an amazing job taking classic r@b/soul albums from the 70s and reissuing them remastered to perfection and with in-depth very educational liner notes. They continue their magic with this release of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes second album BLACK & BLUE. This album established the group as major hit makers with the classic THE LOVE I LOST and SATISFACTION GUATRANTEED (OR YOUR MONEY BACK). They are both here in single version and extended album version. But the magic does not end there. These two songs helped strengthen the Philly Soul sound of the 70s and IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOU, CONCENTRATE ON ME and I'M WEAK FOR YOU are perfect ballads that help make the perfect blend. This album is a soul classic and a must have for any collection in its remastered form here. The Philly sound, classic soul - the full package is here. The only out of place track is the opening CABARET but it does become a fun novelty song here as it intros the rest of the musical masterpieces. Highly recommend this cd.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"...I Told Myself That I Had To Leave You Alone...But I'm So Weak..." 11 Dec. 2011
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've purchased 18 BBR CD reissues to date - and each has been a revelation - sound quality, presentation and bonuses - all top class (I've reviewed them too). Released September 2010 in the UK - this expanded CD reissue of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 2nd album on Philly from 1973 is no exception. Their debut album "I Miss You" from 1972 has also been reissued as an expanded version by BBR (was called simply "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes" in the UK). Both are properly fabulous Seventies Soul.

Here are the details for Big Break Records CDBBR 0013 (46:56 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 8 are the album "Black & Blue" released September 1973 in the USA on Philadelphia International KZ 32407 and in the UK on Philadelphia International S PIR 65859

Tracks 9 and 10 are EDITED SINGLE VERSIONS of "The Love I Lost (Part 1)" and "I'm Weak For You (Part 1)"

The album produced 2 singles in the USA and UK at the time of release and a reissue later on - (excepting "Bad Luck") this CD will allow fans to sequence those tracks as follows:

1. The Love I Lost (Part 1) b/w The Love I Lost (Part 2)
(USA - September 1973, Philadelphia International ZS7 3533
UK - November 1973, Philadelphia International S PIR 1879)
2. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) b/w I'm Weak For You (Part 1)
(USA - March 1974, Philadelphia International ZS7 3543
UK - March 1974, Philadelphia International S PIR 2178)
3. The Love I Lost (Part 1) b/w Bad Luck
(UK - January 1977 reissue on Blue Vinyl, Philadelphia International S PIR 4881)

The 12-page booklet has an informative interview conducted by STUART WEST with BOBBY ELI. Eli is the founding member and Lead Guitarist with MFSB (virtually Philadelphia International's in-house band) and he talks with great affection and knowledge about Gamble & Huff (principal songwriters), Teddy Pendergrass (legendary vocalist) and the evolution of the MFSB sound that Philly was so famous for. In between text are pictures of US 45's, colour plates of rare European 7" picture sleeves, photos of the band in concert and full discography and credits info at the rear. It's very well done and the jewel case is one of those new rounded-corner affairs - very tasty. But the really great news is the SOUND...

As with other BBR releases - this remaster uses the 'original tapes' and has been carried out initially by ALAN WILSON at Western Star Studios with further work done by WAYNE A. DICKSON at the BBR Studios (both in the UK). The results are wonderful.

Once you get past the truly awful opener "Cabaret" (as in "Life is a cabaret..." - what were they thinking!), you're straight into the full album version (6:26 minutes) of "The Love I Lost" and it's beautifully clear from its opening keyboards and vibes to the funky bass and strings throughout. It sounds GORGEOUS. Another track I love (and a bit of a forgotten soul nugget) is the 'so' soulful message song "Is There A Place For Me" which starts with the delightful lyrics "I've been married four times...and today I'm without a wife..."

As with the superbly expanded "I Miss You" CD - the inclusion of the 7" single edits on "Black & Blue" are a genuine bonus. I often felt that too many of these Seventies Soul LPs had songs on them that they knew to be winners - so they would overstay their welcome by stretching them to seven, eight, nine, ten minutes... The single edits gave you the concise version - and delivered a far better punch. The blindingly good B-side short version of "I'm Weak For You" is a perfect example - fades out before it over stays - what a great listen (lyrics above).

To sum up - this is a superlative release and I can only hope that BBR tackle more on the Philly and CBS labels - especially when they add those 7" edits for collectors (exclusive to Big Break Records releases).

Smoochy heaven...and Teddy too.

PS: I've also reviewed these other Big Break Records (BBR) CD remasters:

1. Hot Property - HEATWAVE (1979) [see REVIEW]
2. Candles - HEATWAVE (1980) [see REVIEW]
3. Harvest For The World - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1976) [see REVIEW]
4. Go For Your Guns - THE ISLEY BROTHERS (1977) [see REVIEW]
5. I Miss You - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1972) [known as "Harold Melvin
6. The Blue Notes" in the UK] [see REVIEW]
7. Black & Blue - HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES (1973) [see REVIEW]
8. Love Is The Message - MFSB (1973) [See REVIEW]
9. All The Faces Of... - BUDDY MILES (1974) [see REVIEW]
10. I Can See Clearly Now - JOHNNY NASH (1972) [see REVIEW]
11. In Philadelphia - O'JAYS (1969) [see REVIEW]
12. Back Stabbers - O'JAYS (1972) [see REVIEW]
13. Ship Ahoy - O'JAYS (1973) [see REVIEW]
14. Ebony Woman - BILLY PAUL (1970 and 1973) [See REVIEW]
15. 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul - BILLY PAUL (1972) [See REVIEW]
16. War Of The Gods - BILLY PAUL (1973) [See REVIEW]
17. Smoked Sugar - SMOKED SUGAR (1975) [see REVIEW]
18. Just As I Am - BILL WITHERS (1971) [debut LP on Sussex/A&M Records] [see REVIEW]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's About Time!!!!! 24 Sept. 2009
By Isaac Dickerson III - Published on Amazon.com
Man, it's about time that Sony Legacy released "Black and Blue". It seems like it took forever!!! With that being said, Harold Melvin and his faithful Blue Notes, with Gamble & Huff made a bonifide classic here. Their first album together was all slow, but powerful. With this one, they built on to that power, letting the one and only Teddy Pendergrass to do whatever he wanted vocally. There are no weak moments of this album, but if I how to pick a favorite song, it's "Is There A Place For Me". The drama on that alone is like WOW! This is the kind of stuff that today's music is missing!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Early 70's gem 21 Sept. 2011
By Pavel Palees - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The pioneers of the 70's Philly sound, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes's 1973 release BLACK ANC BLUE paved the way for future 70's R&B and Disco. Every song here is a treasure, Teddy Pendergrass does amazing singing here. Big Break Records does a great job re-masternig this classic and the liner notes include a great interview with Bobbi Eli. A MUST for for all 70's R&B fans and collectors.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
FACTORY-PRESSED, REMASTERED EDITION 6 Dec. 2010
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure what the Argentinian below is referring to; Amazon has an unfortunate policy of cross-pollinating reviews across different editions of the same title, so perhaps his review was posted to a different version (his posting date precedes the street date of this CD by several months), or perhaps he was sold a bootleg CD?

In either case, this CD is NOT a CD-R. It is a genuine, factory-pressed release containing a remastered version of the album with two bonus tracks. There is also an excellent booklet with a lot of details about that period of the "Philly Sound".

The CD is a bit louder than the other versions I've heard, including the Japan mini-sleeve from a few years ago, but there is definitely some additional clarity, especially in the percussion. If you're a fan of this era, and of this album, I would definitely recommend acquiring this edition.
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