A little too much on the disco side for my liking this is the still best ever compilation of lesser known tracks out of Philadelphia in the 1970's. "Stay With Me" by the Futures is one of the very best Gamble-Huff songs, from 1973, when this sound was at its creative height, it's got a great syncopated hookline (if you know what I mean ...) This compilation showcases much the string arrangements, ever simple and catchy, in contrast to the often absurdly contrived string arrangements of many other soul music productions incl. Motown. Bobby Martin and Thom Bell just don't know how to do anything wrong. This album features mostly their disciple-arrangers re-using some of the classic riffs to advantage.
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