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The Philadelphia Sessions

The Philadelphia Sessions

1 Nov 2001

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2001
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2001
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:10:54
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  • ASIN: B001KQVD54
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,601 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By matthew c. flynn on 27 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
brilliant philadelphia soul album. the combination of gamble huff and butler make for outstanding music
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C A Kemp on 1 April 2013
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Item as described , it arrived promptly . And was well packaged .No complaints at all ,what more can I say.
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Amazon.com: 10 reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
The Dawning Of The Philadelphia Sound ! 13 Jan 2002
By P. D. Laffey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a long overdue cd containing two albums Jerry Butler released in the late Sixties . The albums are " The Ice Man Cometh " and " Ice On Ice " and they`re rightly regarded as underground soul classics . The songs on these albums are the equal to any of the Jerry Butler classics that he recorded in the early Sixties for Vee-Jay records , but what marks them out as important recordings is the fact that Jerry Butler co-wrote the songs with the young , up and coming songwriting duo , of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff , who also produced the albums .
The following decade would see Gamble and Huff dominate the airwaves and charts with the classic Philadelphia sound . Bands such as The Ojays , Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes and many others would have countless hits throughout the Seventies with the Gamble/Huff midas touch . This cd is the blueprint for everything that was to follow , the Gamble and Huff sound is already in place , the songs are bona-fide Philadelphia classics , and if there was any justice they should have catapulted Jerry Butler to superstardom alongside The Ojays , Billy Paul etc , but alas , it was not to be .
This essential release also has three added bonus tracks that are as majestic as the rest of the material found on this cd . It deserves to sell a million , but somehow I doubt it !
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Been A Long Time... 3 Aug 2002
By David W. Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For fans of Jerry Butler, and for soul music fans in general, the wait for this release was interminable. The Mercury anthology
on Jerry gave us a little taste of what we needed, but this CD is
the Real Deal: a feast for the heart, the ears, and the feet! "The Ice Man Cometh" was a masterpiece that deserves to be on people's 10-best lists. It was chocked-full of hits (five charting singles, two of which topped the Soul chart), memorable B-sides, and other standout performances. The album celebrated the union of Butler with the production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; a union that made pure magic. Gamble and Huff had been
established via associations with The Soul Survivors and The Intruders, among others, but they jumped at the chance to write with Jerry, a pro's pro of a singer with a long-and-strong pedigree, dating back to his days with The Impressions. The first
single they put out, "Lost" hit the Soul top 20 and was impressive enough as a debut. Then came, "Western Union Man," which shot to #1 and became an instant classic. "Never Give You Up" was a classic in its own right, with Jerry instructing his moonlighting girlfriend, to tell the new guy that "Jerry said he'll never let you go!" "Are You Happy" was a breezy reflection
on the "what goes around comes around" theme. The final single release was forced, since the jockeys started playing it right off of the album to satisfy requests. "Only The Strong Survive" had a strong message, indeed; a universal message, whether your trouble is with the opposite sex, unemployment, racial prejudice,
or what have you. "You gotta be strong; you gotta hold on" was a powerful statement at the end of the turbulent sixties, especially for Black Americans both male and female. "The Ice Man Cometh" was a huge step for Gamble and Huff and their Philadelphia Sound. Their trademark elements are on full display here, like Huff's gospel-drenched piano on "I Stop By Heaven" or Vince Montana's vibes all over the album; and the streetwise lyrics with Whopper-sized messages. The album did so well that the association could only continue. So included in this package is the entire "Ice On Ice" album, with its own slew of memorable
tracks ("Moody Woman" "A Brand New Me" "Don't Let Love Hang You Up" "Walking Around In Teardrops"), and the couple of Gamble-Huff-Butler tracks that survived for the next album. This hit-making team was broken up due to a dispute over royalties (Gamble
and Huff claiming that Mercury held out on them). Kenny and Leon
moved on to other outside projects (Archie Bell), inside projects
(The O'Jays on the short-lived Neptune label), and finally, to the establishment of Philadelphia International Records. Jerry continued to record for Mercury for several more years, became even more involved in producing, songwriting, and developing new talent, and, eventually, wound up on Philly Int'l himself. One of
the albums he recorded at P.I.R., "The Best Love," is easily his best work post-Mercury. Jerry is, today, a very successful politician in his native Chicago.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 12 Dec 2007
By E. Henry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest CD's to purchase to bring back memories of the 60's. Needs to be in every music lovers library. Excellent!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Purchases made through Amazon.com 2 May 2008
By Bill E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I do most of my online purchasing for items such as this through Amazon.com.
I think that the information and details given with the item are very good, the costs and shipping rates are kept for you or shown and it makes purchasing products much better when you do so believing the site is secure. I'm somewhat of a novice at it still and I forget to rate my transaction(s) at times but overall I think doing things this way is fine... I find things here, and elsewhere, online that you can't find in the marketplace anymore and that is the real value here to me. I would and have recommended it. And, by the way, this buy of the Jerry Butler music was great... Thank you...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
LOOKING BACK: The Iceman cometh and conquered! 4 Sep 2014
By D. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't that big a fan of Jerry's, but I have heard some of his songs, so, I took a chance, and I'm glad that I did! All of the songs were smooth and some of the uptempo tunes had me swaying. He just had that gift. This is a cd that you play when you are wanting to be in chill mode, or chillin' with that glass of wine, or just needing to be relaxed. From the beginning to the end, he showed why he made music so soulful and true. YOU GAVE, JERRY!!!!
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