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Philadelphia International: 40th Anniversary Box Set [Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

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  • Audio CD (21 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Harmless
  • ASIN: B006ZGDC26
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Following on from the current Top 40 album Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits and the amazing response to Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes it gives us great pleasure to introduce Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set the most complete and comprehensive study of the Philadelphia International catalogue to date.

We invited world acknowledged Philadelphia International expert Ralph Tee to return to compile his second Box Set for the label following his previous ground-breaking 14 x vinyl LP box set in 1986 (over 25 years ago) which still
regularly sells for £100+ on e-bay and throughout collectors circles.

This time Ralph has the added benefit of a further 25 years of experience studying the Philadelphia International operation and a lot more time to play with almost 800
minutes or over 12 1/2 hours of pure quality music from one of the greatest labels of all time.

Also included within the package will be a 60 page full-size booklet containing full sleeve notes and track details from Ralph Tee (Ralph is also author of the definitive Who s Who In Soul Music ) which will also include a number of archive photos and key album scans.

We are also proud to include within the booklet for the first time ever, a fully comprehensive complete discography of all U.S. Philadelphia International and related labels compiled by Philadelphia International expert David Grimes
(aka Phillydave ).

An absolute must for all Philly collectors and especially Philadelphia International archivists as there
has never been an officially printed full discography before.

All recordings will be fully re-mastered to the highest quality.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful release of timeless soul music 25 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There are already excellent reviews for this boxset at Amazon at the time of writing. Due to confusion over which version of a single was used a reviewer gave the set one star which does not represent my own enjoyment and appreciation of the set.

The sound quality is excellent, the selections go beyond the obvious and it is clear that care has been taken to get this right. A fair proportion of the tracks are unavailable on CD until now and others such as those by Bunny Sigler sound far better than early CD releases.

I have listened carefully on good quality headphones and the sound is clean with good detail and separation but avoids the clinical harshness, compression or over amplified volume of some modern CD releases. A good balance then for warm music made prior to the digital era.

I recommend this set greatly and frankly almost anything on Philadelphia International Records. We may not see the like of this CD set for much longer so I and others will treasure this music. It sets a standard and I wonder if the same could be done for Salsoul and Prelude.

Most of all it allows a deep and extended enjoyment of this positive, heart lifting music. They made it this way because they wanted to hear it themselves and this dedication shows.

Many thanks for all the great work, I'm off to enjoy a beer in the sun with the perfect soundtrack.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full title listing as requested 22 May 2012
By smudge
Format:Audio CD
Track Listing

CD 1

1. Zach's Fanfare # 2 Original Album Version 1.03 M.F.S.B.
2. K-Jee Original Album Version 4.12 M.F.S.B.
3. T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) Original Single Version 3.17 M.F.S.B. feat The Three Degrees
4. Message In The Music Original Single Version 3.21 The O'Jays
5. Sexy Original Single Version 3:10 M.F.S.B.
6. Let's Groove Original Single Version 3.03 Archie Bell & The Drells
7. Backstabbers Original Single Version 3:03 The O'Jays
8. The Love I Lost Original Single Version 3.32 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
9. When Will I See You Again Original Single Version 2.57 The Three Degrees
10. I Love Music Original Album Version 6.51 The O'Jays
11. I'll Always Love My Mama Original Single Version 2.41 The Intruders
12. Year Of Decision Original Single Version 2:38 The Three Degrees
13. The Soul City Walk Original Single Version 3.08 Archie Bell & The Drells
14. Bad Luck Original Album Version 6.24 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
15. Do It Any Way You Wanna Original Single Version 3:14 People's Choice
16. Philly Jump Original Album Version 5.06 Instant Funk
17. Take Good Care Of Yourself Original Single Version 3.03 The Three Degrees
18. Love Is The Message Original Album Version 6.36 M.F.S.B.
19. Show You The Way To Go Original Single Version 3.28 The Jacksons
20. Darlin' Darlin' Baby Original Album Version 4:17 The O'Jays

Running Time CD1: 75.45

CD 2

1. Win Place or Show (She's A Winner) Original Single Version 2.27 The Intruders
2. 992 Arguments Original Single Version 2.21 The O'Jays
3. Dirty Ol' Man Original Single Version 3.12 The Three Degrees
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PIR box set 27 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Is it so long ago since I first heard Backstabbers or Me and Mrs Jones? Back then the world was different and quite often the records we got were different across the continents too so I did wonder what versions this most important 40th anniversary cd set was going to contain. Harmless and their compiler, Ralph Tee, have clearly decided to give us the US versions with a mix of some hard to find on cd single edits and 12" mixes. So be it. To complain about this is really to do do a disservice to their aim of giving us an authentic flavour of this most iconic soul label's output which in terms of its track selection is unbeatable for it covers every genre over the widest period of its operation.
Contrary to a certain persons review this cd set is not sloppily mastered, original masters were obtained by Harmless and freshly remastered. Having played this on two dedicated hifi systems, it sounds simply superb something that doesn't necessarily happen on the 'big' labels.
Had Sony of issued such a set I am sure people would of paying around £70 or so for just over £41 you lucky people get over 170 classic songs and performances in the most comprehensive selection yet.
Strongly recommended even if you have a stash of Sony legacy, Westside and Edsel seperate artists cds on your shelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this box set before it's out of print! 19 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
This collection of the finest Philly tunes is really worth every penny. I think that the price for 10 CD's and more than 12 hours of music is very inexpensive. This UK release has been in gestation for around 18 months and contains lots of album versions, single versions and a few promo versions, many previously unreleased on CD. The mastering is excellent: very gentle compression, so no distortion and no clipping. Thank you Harmless!
For those not familiar with Gamble and Huff and the PIR family of labels and artists, use this box set to study the Philadelphia International catalogue and discover the artists (Amazon offers you a vast collection of CD reissues of many PIR titles).

The full track listing which has been posted earlier in May is not fully correct, unfortunately. Also the extensive and well informative booklet which is included in the box set, does contain some errors on the track listing. Here's the right track listing. To every song I've added the actual length and the actual year of release in the US, and determined the correct version used in this collection (album or single). Also helpful if you're looking for a specific version.

CD 1

01. M.F.S.B. - Zach's Fanfare #2 - Album Version 1:06 (1975)
02. M.F.S.B. - K-Jee - Album Version 4:14 (1975)
03. M.F.S.B. Featuring The Three Degrees - T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - Single Version 3:19 (1973)
04. The O'Jays - Message In The Music - Single Version 3:23 (1976)
05. M.F.S.B. - Sexy - Single Version 3:12 (1975)
06. Archie Bell & The Drells - Let's Groove (Part 1) - Single Version 3:05 (1975)
07. The O'Jays - Backstabbers - Single Version 3:05 (1972)
08. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (Part 1) - Single Version 3:34 (1973)
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