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  • Audio CD (1 July 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gfs
  • ASIN: B000024T4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By douglas smith on 23 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
At long last and some 36 years after it's release on vinyl, The Three Degrees' debut on the Philadelphia International label finally gets its UK release on cd. Previously only available on Japanese import, this album is a classic and features what was arguably the group's strongest line up: Sheila Ferguson,Valerie Holiday and the late Fayette Pinkney.

Although a number of the songs included here have appeared in edited forms on different 'Best Of' compilations, it's great to hear them in their entirety - no nasty fade outs to make room for more tracks.

The whole album has that lush 'Philly Soul' sound and it's fair to say that producers Gamble & Huff certainly brought out the best in this talented trio.

In addition to the hits 'Dirty Ol' Man', 'When Will I see You Again' and 'Year of Decision', highlights include fans' favourite, 'If & When' with it's swirling strings and haunting melody and the almost poppy 'I Didn't Know' featuring Valerie on lead vocals.

The bonus tracks which include MFSB anthem 'Love Is The Message' are a welcome addition.

As a longstanding Three Degree fan, here's hoping it's not too long before their other Philly albums 'Take Good Care Of Yourself' and 'Live', alongside the overlooked 'Standing Up For Love' find their way onto cd.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Morgan on 18 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the early to mid seventies Philadelphia records was a serious contender to Motown. With a roster of artists that included The O'Jays, (Backstabbers) Billy Paul, (Me and Mrs. Jones) The Intruders, (I'll Always Love My Mama, Win Place Or Show, She's A Winner) Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes,(If You Don't Know Me By Now) featuring the recently deceased Teddy Pendergrass, (Close The Door, Love TKO) and of course The Three Degrees. All producing lushly orchestrated records which became the trademark of "The Philly Sound".
The Three Degrees began life in 1963 as fifteen year old schoolgirls recording for local Philly label Swan,releasing many records, but it wasn't until they signed to Roulette records in 1970 did they release a cover of The Chantels "Maybe" which got them noticed.
After a few personnel changes, upon signing for Philadelphia Records in 1972 they embarked on the biggest phase of their career releasing their first single there "Dirty Old Man" in early 1973. Although this track gained worldwide acclaim it was only a club hit in the UK, but it's follow up "Year of Decision"made #13 on the UK charts in early 1974. Both of those tracks were lifted from their eponymous album which was released early in 1973 and was something of a slow burner in the UK. It wasn't until it's third single "When Will I See You Again" did the album begin to gather real attention, eventually reaching #12 on the UK album charts just as that single got to #1 in August 1974, itself displacing the mighty George McCrae single "Rock Your Baby" arguably the first ever disco record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 July 2014
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The Three Degrees was the 1974 debut album by the outstanding trio. The best songs on it are brilliant, including the opening Dirty Ol' Man, which has the most incredibly extended melody. It is real frisson territory, even thought the subject seems a little odd given the elation of the music. They seem to be telling this man to keep his hands off, that they are `not old enough' - which really makes it sound as if they are underage, unless it's that he is quite elderly - and that he is married as well. In other words it is all quite sordid, yet the music could hardly be more joyous! Such are the absurdities of pop - but it is best to overlook all this, because it is so irresistibly catchy. It is surpassed, if anything, by another track, If And When: one of the best songs of the seventies, I think. There is an incredible impact in this song, and the singing is perfect, very sustained and heartfelt, led by the inimitable Sheila Ferguson. The most popular number was probably When Will I See You Again. The sexual politics aren't all they might be in some songs, with the girls seeming far too submissive to their men in A Woman Needs A Good Man and I Like Being A Woman, but perhaps this should be put down to the era and disregarded. The packaging comes with many photos and substantial notes on the group, as well as bonus tracks and remixes. The cover continues the sense of absurdity with a photo evoking The Arabian Nights, while on the back the covered look is exchanged for see-through dresses. The album is a complete one-off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ross-fan on 12 April 2010
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The Three Degrees..THIS HAS TAKEN FAR TO LONG TO BE RELEASED ON TO CD, BUT IT WAS WORTH THE VERY LONG WAIT. MY LP VERSION HAS BEEN PLAYED TO DEATH, I THINK.....LOL. EVERY TRACK ON THIS 3D CD IS JUST STUNNING AND YOU WILL NOT FIND ONE TO DISLIKE, FROM WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN...YEAR OF DECISION...DIRTY OL' MAN, THE TRACK IF AND WHEN''' HAS NEVER BEEN SUNG BY ANY ARTIST BETTER THAN THE 3D, ITS JUST A GEM. IF YOU WANT TO HEAR GREAT SINGING BY ANY FEMALE GROUPS, WHO CUT THERE TEETH IN THE OLD WAYS, THEN GET THIS CD AND JUST SIT BACK AND LISTEN........I SAY NO MORE...................ENJOY
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