7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This set brings together a couple of acknowledged classics and more than a few lesser known tracks, from the Philly Soul genre. So it's no surprise that you'll hear loads of mid tempo, string laden smooth sounds.
The opening track is therefore, untypical, since it's driven by a conga and the stings are hardly noticeable, but it's soon on to the familiar groove, with little to break it out - and that's the problem here, it's just too much of the same for listening in one go.
That said, there are some sublime tracks here, both the opening and closing tracks would be enough to make me buy the album if I didn't have them in my collection, and Bettye Swann is an under-rated songstress, while Major Harris' well known "Love Won't Let Me Wait" is a seduction classic
So, primarily one for the afficionados, with some classics that every Soul collection should have.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2004
Luscious melodies and seminal grooves. I challenge any soulful warrior not to smile, whoop and freak-e-deeky to these sounds.
From the first bars of the magical "Welcome to the Club" (Blue Magic) to the spine-tingling majestic voice of Clyde Brown - ""You Call me Back" this is a truly great selection of some of Philly's" dopest grooves.
Creme De La Creme offers a superb introduction into the Philly Sound.
Any of you chaps or chapess' not sure were to go next in your quest for groove enlightement I would recomend the following,
- ) Candi Staton - Candi Staton "The Fame Years"
- ) The O'Jays - Backstabbers
- ) Darrell Banks - The Lost Soul
- ) Anything by Blaze
- ) The Salsoul Orchestra
Peace, love and Unity
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2004
The Philly sound is one of the most important chapters in the story of 1970's soul music. The rich and creamy sound developed at Sigma studios is beautifully craftd and while some of the urgency was sacrificed, the resulting multi-layered productions are a testament to some of the greatest writers, producers, arrangers and engineers ever brought together under one roof. This collection, however, is just too much of a good thing - it really is a struggle to get all the way through - like eating a whole cake in one sitting. One for dipping into I'd suggest.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Early Philly sounds from some well known & not so well known artists.
Highlights? In truth the CD has no bad tracks but my favourites include:
Detroit Spinners with "I'll Be Around", typical Thom Bell produced sound: mellow/soulful voices over an up-tempo orchestrated song.
Really nice Major Harris song - "Loving You Is Mellow", where the title sums up the sound perfectly!
Lesser known Blue Magic song, "Welcome To The Club", up -tempo & sounding quite a bit like the Stylistics. (no bad thing)
Very catchy, disco ish "Yes, Maybe No" by First Choice - great fun!
Absolute corker of a ballard from Major Harris, "Love Won't Let Me Wait" - great vocal, great late night sound (esp. from the girl backing singer!)
Another Blue Magic song, slower this time - "Sideshow" (maybe not as good as the version that charted in the UK in the mid 70s by the pop reggae singer Barry Biggs but still good.)
Great CD, well worth buying