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Excellent PIR box set,
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This review is from: Philadelphia International: 40th Anniversary Box Set (Audio CD)
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.