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Sku: 209254045
UPC: 886973527924
UPC 14: 00886973527924
Release Date: 10/21/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
0. DISC 1:
1. Expressway (To Your Heart) ~ The Soul Survivors
2. La ~ La
3. Cowboys To Girls ~ The Intruders
4. Hey, Western Union Man ~ Jerry Butler
5. Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) ~ The Delfonics
6. Only the Strong Survive ~ Jerry Butler
7. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) ~ The Delfonics
8. Brand New Me ~ Dusty Springfield
9. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You ~ Wilson Pickett
10. You're the Reason Why ~ The Ebonys
11. Drowning In the Sea of Love ~ Joe Simon
12. I'm Stone In Love With You ~ The Stylistics
13. I Miss You ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
14. Back Stabbers ~ The O'Jays
15. Sunshine ~ The O'Jays
16. I'll Be Around ~ The Spinners
17. Slow Motion, Pt. 1 ~ Johnny Williams
18. Me and Mrs. Jones ~ Billy Paul
19. If You Don't Know Me by Now ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
20. Love is Here ~ The Futures
Disc 2
Song Title
0. DISC 2:
1. Love Train ~ The O'Jays
2. Break Up To Make Up ~ The Stylistics
3. Family Affair ~ MFSB
4. It's Forever ~ The Ebonys
5. Time to Get Down ~ The O'Jays
6. There's No Me Without You ~ The Manhattans
7. I'll Always Love My Mama ~ The Intruders
8. Love I Lost, The ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
9. I Wanna Know Your Name ~ The Intruders
10. Dirty Ol' Man ~ The Three Degrees
11. Put Your Hands Together ~ The O'Jays
12. Thanks For Saving My Life ~ Billy Paul
13. Mighty Love ~ The Spinners
14. Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 ~ William DeVaughn
15. For the Love of Money ~ The O'Jays
16. Where Do We Go From Here ~ The Trammps
17. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ~ MFSB/The Three Degrees
Disc 3
Song Title
0. DISC 3:
1. Then Came You ~ Dionne Warwick/The Spinners
2. Love Is the Message ~ MFSB/The Three Degrees
3. When Will I See You Again ~ The Three Degrees
4. Where Are All My Friends ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
5. Picture Us ~ Bunny Sigler
6. Bad Luck ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
7. Give the People What They Want ~ The O'Jays
8. Billy's Back Home ~ Billy Paul
9. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
10. Do It Any Way You Wanna ~ People's Choice
11. Big Hurt, The ~ People's Choice
12. Let Me Make Love to You ~ The O'Jays
13. Wake Up Everybody ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
14. I Love Music ~ The O'Jays
15. Don't Leave Me This Way ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
16. Let's Groove ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
17. Livin' for the Weekend ~ Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Disc 4
Song Title
0. DISC 4:
1. Kiss and Say Goodbye ~ The Manhattans
2. I'm Not In Love ~ Dee Dee Sharp
3. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine ~ Lou Rawls
4. Rubberband Man, The ~ The Spinners
5. Enjoy Yourself ~ The Jacksons
6. Free Love ~ Jean Carn
7. I Don't Love You Anymore ~ Teddy Pendergrass
8. See You When I Git There ~ Lou Rawls
9. Use Ta Be My Girl ~ The O'Jays
10. Close the Door ~ Teddy Pendergrass
11. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now ~ McFadden & Whitehead
12. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else ~ The Jones Girls
13. Hurry Up This Way Again ~ The Stylistics
14. Love T.K.O. ~ Teddy Pendergrass
15. I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin' ~ Leon Huff
16. It's Gonna Take a Miracle ~ Deniece Williams
17. If Only You Knew ~ Patti LaBelle

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Dennis Harris , Darnell Jordan, Guy Fiske, Tito Jackson (vocals, guitar); Frankie Brunson, Ron Kersey (vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Earl Young, Michael Thompson (vocals, drums); Brenda Lee Jones, Harry McGilberry, Valorie Jones, Jon King, Shirley Jones (vocals, background vocals); Harold Wade, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, James "Hal" Smith , Walter Williams , Robert Upchurch, Clarence Vaughn, Charles Ingui, Eddie Levert, Edward "Sonny" Bivins, James Wise, Jon Hart, Willie Parnell, Sam Strain, Herb Murrell, Shirley Porter, Robert Edwards, James Dunn , Gene McFadden, David Beasley, Stanley Wade, Gerald Alston, Phil Terry, Donald Ford, Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, Frank Washington , Sam Brown, III, Airrion Love, William Powell, Harold Melvin, Jimmy Ellis , Richard Taylor , Fayette Pinkney, Jerry Cummings, Bernard Wilson, Ritchie Daniels, Kenny Jeremiah, Linda Turner, Randy Cain, Richard Ingui, Jackie Jackson , Eugene Daughtry, James Tuten, James King , Roger Andrews, John Whitehead, Dave Thompson, Lloyd Parks, Marlon Jackson, Michael Jackson, Philippe Wynne, Randy Jackson , Archie Bell, Russell Thompkins, Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, William "Poogie" Hart, Winfred "Blue" Lovett, Billy Henderson, Lee Bell, Wilbert Hart (vocals); Dexter Wansel (guitar, piano, celesta, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, marimba, congas, bongos, tambourine, timpani, percussion); Bunny Sigler (guitar, piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); James Herb Smith (guitar, background vocals); Reggie Lucas, Dennis Dozier, Edward Moore, Tom Kennery, Theodore Life, T.J. Tindall, Doc Wade, David Bay, Kim Miller, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Ronnie James , Bobby Eli (guitar); Don Renaldo (strings); Sam Reed (horns); John Hart , David Jones & the Revels Chorus, Eddie Green , Eugene Lambchops Curry, Cotton Kent, James Mendell, Harold Williams , Ugene Dozier, William Bloom, Bruce Gray, James Ingram , T.G. Conway, Jerry Cohen, Jimmy Sigler, Joseph B. Jefferson, Lenny Pakula, Leon Huff , Philip T. Pugh, Richard Rome, Victor Carstarphen, Thom Bell, Bruce Hawes (piano, electric piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Cynthia Biggs, Bob Conga, David Cruse, Miguel Fuentes, Larry Washington (celesta, marimba, congas, bongos, tambourine, timpani, percussion, background vocals); Vince Montana, Nick Dimico, Bobby Martin (vibraphone); Karl Chambers, Keith Benson, David Thompson, Jim Helmer, Scott Miller , Quinton Joseph, Norman Farrington, Andrew Smith , Charlie Collins (drums); Evette Benton, Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Herb Johnson & The Impacts, Kenneth Crew, Terri Wells (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Cameo-Parkway Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Muze PNote Authors: Kenny Gamble; Leon Huff .
Muze PNote Photographers: Ben Robinson; Don Hunstein; Vernon Smith; Jack Manning; Robert Parent; Baron Wolman; Bob Cato; Francis Miller; Urve Kuusik; Roz Levin Perlmutter; Sandy Speiser; Robert Riger; Glenn A. Baker; Bobby Martin ; Neil Leifer; David Redfern; Peter Lavery; Bobby Eli; Bobby Holland .
Muze PNote Arrangers: Vince Montana; Dexter Wansel; John L. Usry Jr.; Gene McFadden; Ugene Dozier; Bobby Martin ; Frankie Brunson; Jack Faith; John Whitehead; Kenny Gamble; Lenny Pakula; Leon Huff ; Norman Harris; Victor Carstarphen; Thom Bell; Bunny Sigler.
Muze PNote Sony/Legacy's 2008 four-disc Love Train: The Ultimate Sound of Philadelphia isn't the first box set assembled on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's legendary Philadelphia International Records -- most notably it follows the triple-disc Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) by just over a decade -- but it is surely the best, covering more ground and painting a fuller picture of the Philly soul sound than any other similar compilation. This is largely due to how Love Train doesn't focus solely on singles released on Philadelphia International: it encompasses sides released on early, pre-PIR imprints like Crimson, Philly Groove, and Gamble but, more importantly, it weaves in outside productions by Gamble & Huff and their crucial partner Thom Bell. Adding all these non-PIR singles greatly expands Love Train, as does the decision to have this set run all the way into 1983, thereby emphasizing how Gamble & Huff's symphonic soul opened the doors for both disco and quiet storm. Part of the set's appeal is that it does offer some education, illustrating how the psychedelicized soul of 1967's "Expressway (To Your Heart)" led to the cool, soft grooves of 1980's "Love T.K.O.," a document of how rich and adventurous '70s soul was thanks to Gamble & Huff and Bell, and all their artists and associates, but this set never drags like a history lesson. It keeps moving from peak to peak, spending the first disc on early triumphs from the Delfonics ("La-La -- Means I Love You," "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"), Joe Simon ("Drowning in the Sea of Love"), the O'Jays ("Back Stabbers"), the Spinners ("I'll Be Around"), Billy Paul ("Me and Mrs. Jones") and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes ("If You Don't Know Me by Now"), the songs that established the Philly Sound, then giving way to the glory days documented on the second disc, which opens with the O'Jays' "Love Train" and closes with "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)," the singles that helped cement the Philly sound on a broader scale. The third disc finds Gamble & Huff and Bell expanding their lush signature, ushering in disco with singles like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way," then the fourth disc charts the aftermath through the Spinners' "The Rubberband Man," Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mind," and Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle." Although there are assorted lesser-known singles scattered throughout the box, this is by design hits-heavy, which is how it should be, as this showcases a body of work -- and as this superb set proves, Gamble & Huff's body of work ranks among the strongest popular music of the 20th century. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Cynthia Biggs; Dexter Wansel; Gene McFadden; Staff; Ugene Dozier; Bobby Martin; Joe McEwen; John Whitehead; Leo Sacks; Leon Huff; Jeffrey Cohen; Roland Chambers; Victor Carstarphen; Thom Bell; Bunny Sigler; Cecil Womack

Engineer: Michael Hutchinson; Mike Spritz; Dirk Devlin; Don Murray; Wayne Wilfong; Jeffrey Stewart; Bill Dorman; Bruce Bluestein; Jay Mark; Jim Gallagher; Joe Tarsia; Kenny Present; Mike Tarsia; Peter Humphreys; Rocky Schnaars; Arthur Stoppe; Carl Paruolo

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/21/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8869735279
Music Label Name Label : SMG
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 4
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886973527924

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.98)
- 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "This four-CD box collects all the hits plus rarities, with forceful message songs..."

Record Collector (magazine)
- 5 stars out of 5 -- "Three decades removed from its heyday and, without too many of these songs having reached ubiquitous radio play status, the freshness, yet immediate familiarity of this compilation cannot be ignored."

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