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Wake Up Everybody [CASSETTE]

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000255M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Wake Up Everybody
2. Keep on Lovin' You
3. You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good
4. Don't Leave Me This Way
5. Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby
6. To Be Free to Be Who We Are
7. I'm Searching for a Love

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Wake Up Everybody...Plus" is part of a mid-price series of Philadelphia International LP reissues by Demon's EDSEL label in the UK (see PS below). Most of the albums seem to be focusing on the year 1975.

Released April 2010, Edsel EDSM0002 breaks down as follows (50:21 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 7 are the album "Wake Up Everybody" released November 1975 on Philadelphia International Records PZ 33808 in the USA and early 1976 on Philadelphia International Records S PIR 69193 in the UK. It was their 4th and final studio LP for the famous soul label - and easily their most successful and fondly remembered - reaching the coveted Number 1 spot on the US R'n'B charts that Christmas.

Track 8 is "Don't Leave Me This Way (The Tom Moulton Mix)", an 11:02 minutes extended version remixed in 1977

The 20-page booklet provides you with band snaps, lyrics, pictures of the LP label and 7" singles taken off of it as well as superb liner notes by noted soul expert TONY ROUNCE. The CD has been mastered by TALL ORDER of the UK and the sound quality is fantastic - clear and hiss free - it really allows the lush Gamble/Huff MFSB production values to shine.

Philly's ace song-writing team - John Whitehead, Gene McFadden and Victor Carstarphen provided tracks 1, 2, 5 and 6 - while label founders Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff stumped up writing credits for tracks 3, 4 and 7 and produced the record with their usual lush MFSB arrangements.

The lovely SHARON PAIGE provided duet vocals on "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" and "I'm Searching For Love", but it was (Theodore) TEDDY PENDERGRASS who shone with lead vocals on all tracks - especially the huge title track "Wake Up Everybody" (which effectively launched Pendergrass as a solo star).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up? 15 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can i say a brilliant album by a brilliant group
listen and just drift away back to those wonderful times when soul was king
wake up everybody??? NO JUST TOTALLY CHILLL.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Philly Sound !!! 6 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've got a lot of old Philadelphia vinyl but it getting a bit worn out so had a quick look on here and hey ! I found this CD and ordered it immediately and it duly arrived two days later ! Superb Service indeedy.

If you like this genre of music or like me you just like good music well recorded then buy this CD because its a sonic treat.The remastering is very good so clear without sounding too bright and the overall sound is really special.

As for the Band and the songs? Well just buy it you'll never regret it.this album still gets me into the Groove over 35 years since its first release.every track is superb and you get the longer versions of the classics like "Don't Leave Me This Way and "Wake Up Everybody"

Well Done ESDEL / Demon Records for a fantastic sounding classic reissue.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it burns so good 4 Sep 2001
By Amy McDaniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This record is a clean burn. It's the Philly sound with a bit more black gospel influence than you hear on most of the records their contemporaries released. Theodore Pendergrass (now Teddy) growls and croons with magnificent ease and great feeling. This record just knocks your socks off. "Wake Up Everybody" is so uplifting... and the absolute original version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" just cooks and slides and rumbles. What a great record. This is a true classic in its genre. I'm the Big Oh and I gotta go listen to this great record right now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philly sound strikes again 6 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the super 70's, one thing you could count on...good music out of Philly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...The Way You Walk And The Way You Smile..." 25 April 2010
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Wake Up Everybody...Plus" is part of a mid-price series of Philadelphia International LP reissues by Demon's EDSEL label in the UK (see PS below). Most of the albums seem to be focusing on the year 1975.

Released April 2010, Edsel EDSM0002 (an import) breaks down as follows (50:21 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 7 are the album "Wake Up Everybody" released November 1975 on Philadelphia International Records PZ 33808 in the USA and early 1976 on Philadelphia International Records S PIR 69193 in the UK. It was their 4th and final studio LP for the famous soul label - and easily their most successful and fondly remembered - reaching the coveted Number 1 spot on the US R'n'B charts that Christmas.

Track 8 is "Don't Leave Me This Way (The Tom Moulton Mix)", an 11:02 minutes extended version remixed in 1977

The 20-page booklet provides you with band snaps, lyrics, pictures of the LP label and 7" singles taken off of it as well as superb liner notes by noted soul expert TONY ROUNCE. The CD has been mastered by TALL ORDER of the UK and the sound quality is fantastic - clear and hiss free - it really allows the lush Gamble/Huff MFSB production values to shine.

Philly's ace song-writing team - John Whitehead, Gene McFadden and Victor Carstarphen provided tracks 1, 2, 5 and 6 - while label founders Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff stumped up writing credits for tracks 3, 4 and 7 and produced the record with their usual lush MFSB arrangements.

The lovely SHARON PAIGE provided duet vocals on "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" and "I'm Searching For Love", but it was (Theodore) TEDDY PENDERGRASS who shone with lead vocals on all tracks - especially the huge title track "Wake Up Everybody" (which effectively launched Pendergrass as a solo star).

But for me one of the unheard gems on this album is Track 2 on Side 1, "Keep On Lovin' You" - as brill a Seventies soul tune as you can get (lyrics above). It's so good to hear it with such top sound quality.

Niggles - both "Tell The World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby" and "Wake Up Everybody" were released as 7" singles with rare edit versions which AREN'T included as bonus tracks here - and I would have preferred those than the rather tiresome extension of the overly familiar "Don't Leave Me This Way".

Other than that - this is a superb Philly album - and pitched at a marketplace price that's cheap even as an import - it's an absolute steal.

Recommended.

PS: other titles in the series are/will be...
1. Dance Your Troubles Away - ARCHIE BELL and THE DRELLS (1975) [due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0006]
2. Philadelphia Freedom - M.F.S.B. (1975) [due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0005]
3. When Love Is New - BILLY PAUL (1975) [April 2010, Edsel EDSM0003] - see REVIEW
4. Family Reunion...Plus - THE O'JAYS (1975) [April 2010, Edsel EDSM0001] - see REVIEW
5. The Three Degrees Live [aka Live In London] (1975) - THE THREE DEGREES (due Summer 2010, Edsel EDSM0004)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Blast! 5 July 2006
By D. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes with Teddy Pendergrass and Sharon Paige give us an album that you can listen to, dance fast or slow to, and sing along with. This is a classic album magnificently executed vocally and technically. Teddy is at his best, and his duet with Ms. Paige is still one of my all time favorites. These people are real singers, artists! and the Bluenotes in the background are pitch perfect. It's the music I grew up listening and dancing to and it still resonates in such a positive, upbeat way. When I play this disk, my guests all sing along or dance, or both!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up Everybody 20 April 2008
By luv2listen2music - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love it! This album (CD) has always been special. It has an excellent selection of songs that everyone can relate to and will love!
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