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The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits

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3/4/2008

Review

The songwriting, arranging, and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff defined and prefigured the landscape for disco and contemporary urban R&B in the early '70s with their strings, horns, and sugary groove approach to making records, and although by the end of the decade the formula began to wear thin and feel tired, uninspired, and stale, the fact remains that the duo's Philadelphia International Records imprint was to the 1970s what Berry Gordy's Motown Records was to the 1960s -- a hitmaking machine. This 14-track collection proves the point, although it really only scratches the surface of Gamble & Huff's impressive catalog. Included here are inescapable classics like the O'Jays' "Love Train" and "Use Ta Be My Girl," the Three Degrees' silk-perfect "When Will I See You Again," and Billy Paul's melodramatic confectionary -- but absolutely infectious -- "Me and Mrs. Jones," all of which are undeniable pop culture artifacts burned into the memory of any soul who has ever been within earshot of a radio. It's an impressive legacy, really, and this set makes for a fine introduction to it. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love Train The O'Jays 2:56
  3. 2 Back Stabbers The O'Jays 3:4
  4. 3 If You Don't Know Me by Now Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 3:24
  5. 4 The Love I Lost Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 6:20
  6. 5 T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) [From Soul Train] MFSB 5:46
  7. 6 Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul 4:42
  8. 7 When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees 2:57
  9. 8 Do It Any Way You Wanna People's Choice 3:14
  10. 9 I'll Always Love My Mama The Intruders 6:35
  11. 10 Use Ta Be My Girl The O'Jays 4:0
  12. 11 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine Lou Rawls 4:24
  13. 12 Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFadden & Whitehead 6:59
  14. 13 Close the Door Teddy Pendergrass 5:24
  15. 14 If Only You Knew Patti LaBelle 4:43

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