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Philly Classic From Philly Trio On CD For First Time,
This review is from: The Three Degrees (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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Initial post: 14 Mar 2010 08:02:38 GMT
bobby morrow says:
Got the Japanese editions of 'New Dimensions' and '3D' recently (not from Amazon with their ridiculous prices!) and they were fantastic. I've never heard this album but have ordered it from hmv.com which seems to be the only place stocking it. What's with Amazon's 29/3 release date?!
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