Family Reunion CD
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Edsel is proud to announce the re-issue of more classic albums from the celebrated Philadelphia International Records label, founded by producing / songwriting legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. All these albums have been unavailable for many years.
* "Family Reunion", originally released in November 1975, was the O'Jays' fourth studio album for Philadelphia, reaching # 1 R&B and # 7 Pop in the US and going on to sell over a million copies.
* The album features two of the O'Jays' best-known number 1
singles in "Livin' For The Weekend" and the absolute classic "I Love Music", as well as the title track, which was also a hit for Lou Rawls. In the UK, "I Love Music" was a hit twice, in 1976 and 1978.
* The bonus track is famed remixer Tom Moulton's 1977 extended nine minute remix of "I Love Music". The booklet features full annotation by PIR authority Tony Rounce.
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Released April 2010, Edsel EDSM0001 breaks down as follows (52:57 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 7 are the LP "Family Reunion" released November 1975 on Philadelphia International Records PZ 33807 in the USA and on Philadelphia International Records PIR 69196 in the UK. It was their 6th studio LP for the famous soul label - and along with "Ship Ahoy" from 1973 and "Survival" from March 1975 - also reached the coveted Number 1 spot on the US R'n'B charts. In fact November and December 1975 were exceptional months for Philly Soul - "Family Reunion" was immediately replaced at Number 1 only weeks later by another of the label's gem LPs - "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes (also in this series).
Track 8 is "I Love Music (Tom Moulton Mix)", a 9:42 extended version remixed for the "Philadelphia Classics" 2LP set on Philly from 1977.
The 12-page booklet provides you with production credits, mini pictures of the 7" singles taken off of it as well as superb liner notes by noted soul expert TONY ROUNCE. The CD has been mastered by TALL ORDER of the UK and the sound quality is fantastic - clear and hiss free - it really allows the lush GAMBLE & HUFF production values to shine.
Label founders Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff stumped up most of the album's songs (Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7) and along with Norman Harris and Tony Bell's arrangements gave the whole record their lush TSOP production values.Read more ›
The album of the same name laid something of a blueprint for an O'Jays set, impassioned vocals over immaculate production, and songs covering everything from social justice to the love of a party. Prior to the release of this album, they had a further 2 hit albums, Ship Ahoy and Survival and a string of Soul crossover hits with singles form those albums. And not a hint of "disco" on any of them.
"Family Reunion" treads the familiar path of an O'Jays album, kicking off with the uptempo "Unity", and the slower title track, and the subject matter of each is obvious. Neither are among the best O'Jays tracks in my opinion, but that is soon remedied by 2 blockbuster ballads, "You & Me" and "She's Only a Woman", both as soulful as they come and with some serious testifying vocals. Those closed the old side one of the original album.
So when you flipped the disc over you'd be in need of some relief - and you get it with "Livin' For The Weekend", which starts with a walkin' blues bassline, before kicking up a groove with horns and hihats and the kitchen sink thrown in, before settling back down and ending with more testifying vocals. Then it's time for another ballad, the beautiful "Stairway to Heaven", featuring the vocal harmonies for which the group were famed and more Soul than you can shake a stick at.
I must confess to mixed feelings about the final track from the original album, "I Love Music".Read more ›
Newcomers to the70's soul scene won't regret buying this cd
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Its Philly, its the O'Jays, its brilliant. The title track is my pick but every track is a killer Philly classicPublished 9 months ago by alanc