Philadelphia International: 40th Anniversary
Collector's Edition, Limited Edition
Box Set, Remastered
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Audio CD, Box set, Collector's Edition, 21 May 2012
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Following on from the current Top 40 album Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits and the amazing response to Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes it gives us great pleasure to introduce Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set the most complete and comprehensive study of the Philadelphia International catalogue to date.
We invited world acknowledged Philadelphia International expert Ralph Tee to return to compile his second Box Set for the label following his previous ground-breaking 14 x vinyl LP box set in 1986 (over 25 years ago) which still
regularly sells for £100+ on e-bay and throughout collectors circles.
This time Ralph has the added benefit of a further 25 years of experience studying the Philadelphia International operation and a lot more time to play with almost 800
minutes or over 12 1/2 hours of pure quality music from one of the greatest labels of all time.
Also included within the package will be a 60 page full-size booklet containing full sleeve notes and track details from Ralph Tee (Ralph is also author of the definitive Who s Who In Soul Music ) which will also include a number of archive photos and key album scans.
We are also proud to include within the booklet for the first time ever, a fully comprehensive complete discography of all U.S. Philadelphia International and related labels compiled by Philadelphia International expert David Grimes
(aka Phillydave ).
An absolute must for all Philly collectors and especially Philadelphia International archivists as there
has never been an officially printed full discography before.
All recordings will be fully re-mastered to the highest quality.
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Philadelphia International: The 40th Anniversary Box Set Track Listing
CD 1 - This 20 track CD includes:
K-Jee - M.F.S.B./Let's Groove - Archie Bell & The Drells/Back Stabbers - The O'Jays/The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/I Love Music - The O'Jays/I'll Always Love My Mama - The Intruders/Bad Luck - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/Do It Any Way You Wanna - People's Choice and 12 other tracks
CD 2 - This 18 track CD includes:
Win Place or Show (She's A Winner) - The Intruders/Get Down With The Philly Sound - M.F.S.B./A Nice Girl Like You - The Intruders/If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/Me & Mrs Jones - Billy Paul/For The Love Of Money - The O'Jays/You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls/Nobody Could Ever Take Your Place - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and 10 other tracks
CD 3 - This 20 track CD includes: Days Go By - Bobby Bennett/New York City s A Lonely Town - Dick Jensen/One Day Of Peace - Love Committee/Who In The World - The Ethics/Never Let You Get Away From Me - Anthony White/I'm A Changed Person Kaleidoscope/If You Move, You Lose - Carolyn Crawford/I'm So Glad I'm Me - The Ebonys and 12 other tracks
CD 4 - This 18 track CD includes:
Where Are All My Friends - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/If You Wanna Go Back - Jean Carn/It's Hard Not To Like You - Archie Bell & The Drells/Party Time Man - The Futures/Everyone's A Star- The Intruders/Yes You Need Love - Anthony White/(You're The One) Someone Special - The Futures/Keep Smilin' - Bunny Sigler and 10 other tracks
CD 5 - This 18 track CD includes:
Now That We Found Love - The O'Jays/Blues Away - The Jacksons/I Believe In Love - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble/I Bet She Won't Love You Like I Do - Jean Carn/Use To Be My Girl - The O'Jays/See You When I Git There - Lou Rawls/Come On And Dance Dance Dance - Bunny Sigler/ Where Will You Go When The Party's Over? - Archie Bell & The Drells and 10 other tracks
CD 6 - This 18 track CD includes:
The More I Get, The More I Want - Teddy Pendergrass/Stop And Think It Over - Anthony White/Living Together - The Jacksons/To Prove I Love You - The O Jays/Not The Staying Kind - Lou Rawls/Holdin' On - Dexter Wansel/Don't Let Love Get You Down - Archie Bell & The Drells/Let's Clean Up The Ghetto - The Philadelphia All Stars and 10 other tracks
CD 7 - This 18 track CD includes:
Life On Mars - Dexter Wansel/Tight Money - Leon Huff/Compared To What - Billy Paul/For The Love of Money - Thad Jones & Mel Lewis/In Good Faith - Norman Harris/Reality - Monk Montgomery/Forever With You - Phyllis Hyman/Mysteries of the World - M.F.S.B. and 10 other tracks
CD 8 - This 16 track CD includes:
Come Go With Me - Teddy Pendergrass/Don't Let It Go To Your Head - Jean Carn/Mine All Mine - The Stylistics/The Sweetest Pain - Dexter Wansel/Ain't No Time Fa Nothing - The Futures/I Can t Stop (Turning You On) Silk/I've Been Pushed Aside - McFadden & Whitehead/We Got Some Catchin' Up To Do - Jean Carn and 8 other tracks
CD 9 - This 16 track CD includes:
Was That All It Was - Jean Carn/Nights Over Egypt - The Jones Girls/I Heard It In A Love Song - McFadden & Whitehead/What's Your Name - The Stylistics/Strategy - Archie Bell & The Drells/I Love You Anyway - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble/Betcha Lucky Star - Jean Carn/Let Me Be Good To You - Lou Rawls and 8 other tracks
CD 10 - This 16 track CD includes:
Love You Direct - The O'Jays/Ain't You Had Enough Love - Phyllis Hyman/Somebody's Gotta Move - The Dells/Do You Get Enough Love - Shirley Jones/Hurry Up This Way Again - The Stylistics/Easy Money - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble/Heaven Only Knows - Teddy Pendergrass/Baby Don't Go, Yet - The Jones Girls and 8 other tracks
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The sound quality is excellent, the selections go beyond the obvious and it is clear that care has been taken to get this right. A fair proportion of the tracks are unavailable on CD until now and others such as those by Bunny Sigler sound far better than early CD releases.
I have listened carefully on good quality headphones and the sound is clean with good detail and separation but avoids the clinical harshness, compression or over amplified volume of some modern CD releases. A good balance then for warm music made prior to the digital era.
I recommend this set greatly and frankly almost anything on Philadelphia International Records. We may not see the like of this CD set for much longer so I and others will treasure this music. It sets a standard and I wonder if the same could be done for Salsoul and Prelude.
Most of all it allows a deep and extended enjoyment of this positive, heart lifting music. They made it this way because they wanted to hear it themselves and this dedication shows.
Many thanks for all the great work, I'm off to enjoy a beer in the sun with the perfect soundtrack.
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.
The book is very well presented, with lots of information and great pictures, both of Artists and Albums. The whole thing is splendidly featured in a box. Discs are placed in a multi-fold backing. The whole thing is a joy to behold. So with twelve and a half hours of playtime, reckon I'll be busy for a while!
Way back I bought a vinyl box set off Philly classics, 40 years on I now have a better complication.Well presented with a very informative book giving some of the history behind the hits.
If you enjoy 70's soul then this is for you. Highly recommended.
no fuss and trouble to find and search through hundreds of 45's. Also a complete catalog listing in case I missed something.
This is worth every penny.