Love Train: Sound of Philadelphia CD (2008)

Artist: Various

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Philadelphia International Rec
SKU 209254045
UPC 886973527924
UPC 14 00886973527924
Format CD
Release Date 10/21/2008
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Author Various
Technical Info
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
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
CatalogID 8869735279
Lable Name SMG
Released 10/21/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 4
SPARE Code n/a
Length 301m : 31s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886973527924
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Recording information: Cameo-Parkway Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Authors: Kenny Gamble; Leon Huff .
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 .
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.
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
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) (p.91) - 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."
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:,DISC 4:
1 Expressway (To Your Heart) ,Love Train ,Then Came You ,Kiss and Say Goodbye
2 La,Break Up To Make Up ,Love Is the Message ,I'm Not In Love
3 Cowboys To Girls ,Family Affair ,When Will I See You Again ,You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
4 Hey, Western Union Man ,It's Forever ,Where Are All My Friends ,Rubberband Man, The
5 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) ,Time to Get Down ,Picture Us ,Enjoy Yourself
6 Only the Strong Survive ,There's No Me Without You ,Bad Luck ,Free Love
7 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) ,I'll Always Love My Mama ,Give the People What They Want ,I Don't Love You Anymore
8 Brand New Me ,Love I Lost, The ,Billy's Back Home ,See You When I Git There
9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You ,I Wanna Know Your Name ,Hope That We Can Be Together Soon ,Use Ta Be My Girl
10 You're the Reason Why ,Dirty Ol' Man ,Do It Any Way You Wanna ,Close the Door
11 Drowning In the Sea of Love ,Put Your Hands Together ,Big Hurt, The ,Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
12 I'm Stone In Love With You ,Thanks For Saving My Life ,Let Me Make Love to You ,You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
13 I Miss You ,Mighty Love ,Wake Up Everybody ,Hurry Up This Way Again
14 Back Stabbers ,Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 ,I Love Music ,Love T.K.O.
15 Sunshine ,For the Love of Money ,Don't Leave Me This Way ,I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
16 I'll Be Around ,Where Do We Go From Here ,Let's Groove ,It's Gonna Take a Miracle
17 Slow Motion, Pt. 1 ,T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ,Livin' for the Weekend ,If Only You Knew
18 Me and Mrs. Jones
19 If You Don't Know Me by Now
20 Love is Here
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:,DISC 4:
1 Expressway (To Your Heart) ,Love Train ,Then Came You ,Kiss and Say Goodbye
2 La,Break Up To Make Up ,Love Is the Message ,I'm Not In Love
3 Cowboys To Girls ,Family Affair ,When Will I See You Again ,You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
4 Hey, Western Union Man ,It's Forever ,Where Are All My Friends ,Rubberband Man, The
5 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) ,Time to Get Down ,Picture Us ,Enjoy Yourself
6 Only the Strong Survive ,There's No Me Without You ,Bad Luck ,Free Love
7 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) ,I'll Always Love My Mama ,Give the People What They Want ,I Don't Love You Anymore
8 Brand New Me ,Love I Lost, The ,Billy's Back Home ,See You When I Git There
9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You ,I Wanna Know Your Name ,Hope That We Can Be Together Soon ,Use Ta Be My Girl
10 You're the Reason Why ,Dirty Ol' Man ,Do It Any Way You Wanna ,Close the Door
11 Drowning In the Sea of Love ,Put Your Hands Together ,Big Hurt, The ,Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
12 I'm Stone In Love With You ,Thanks For Saving My Life ,Let Me Make Love to You ,You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
13 I Miss You ,Mighty Love ,Wake Up Everybody ,Hurry Up This Way Again
14 Back Stabbers ,Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 ,I Love Music ,Love T.K.O.
15 Sunshine ,For the Love of Money ,Don't Leave Me This Way ,I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
16 I'll Be Around ,Where Do We Go From Here ,Let's Groove ,It's Gonna Take a Miracle
17 Slow Motion, Pt. 1 ,T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ,Livin' for the Weekend ,If Only You Knew
18 Me and Mrs. Jones
19 If You Don't Know Me by Now
20 Love is Here
Disc 3
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:,DISC 4:
1 Expressway (To Your Heart) ,Love Train ,Then Came You ,Kiss and Say Goodbye
2 La,Break Up To Make Up ,Love Is the Message ,I'm Not In Love
3 Cowboys To Girls ,Family Affair ,When Will I See You Again ,You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
4 Hey, Western Union Man ,It's Forever ,Where Are All My Friends ,Rubberband Man, The
5 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) ,Time to Get Down ,Picture Us ,Enjoy Yourself
6 Only the Strong Survive ,There's No Me Without You ,Bad Luck ,Free Love
7 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) ,I'll Always Love My Mama ,Give the People What They Want ,I Don't Love You Anymore
8 Brand New Me ,Love I Lost, The ,Billy's Back Home ,See You When I Git There
9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You ,I Wanna Know Your Name ,Hope That We Can Be Together Soon ,Use Ta Be My Girl
10 You're the Reason Why ,Dirty Ol' Man ,Do It Any Way You Wanna ,Close the Door
11 Drowning In the Sea of Love ,Put Your Hands Together ,Big Hurt, The ,Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
12 I'm Stone In Love With You ,Thanks For Saving My Life ,Let Me Make Love to You ,You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
13 I Miss You ,Mighty Love ,Wake Up Everybody ,Hurry Up This Way Again
14 Back Stabbers ,Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 ,I Love Music ,Love T.K.O.
15 Sunshine ,For the Love of Money ,Don't Leave Me This Way ,I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
16 I'll Be Around ,Where Do We Go From Here ,Let's Groove ,It's Gonna Take a Miracle
17 Slow Motion, Pt. 1 ,T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ,Livin' for the Weekend ,If Only You Knew
18 Me and Mrs. Jones
19 If You Don't Know Me by Now
20 Love is Here
Disc 4
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:,DISC 3:,DISC 4:
1 Expressway (To Your Heart) ,Love Train ,Then Came You ,Kiss and Say Goodbye
2 La,Break Up To Make Up ,Love Is the Message ,I'm Not In Love
3 Cowboys To Girls ,Family Affair ,When Will I See You Again ,You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
4 Hey, Western Union Man ,It's Forever ,Where Are All My Friends ,Rubberband Man, The
5 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) ,Time to Get Down ,Picture Us ,Enjoy Yourself
6 Only the Strong Survive ,There's No Me Without You ,Bad Luck ,Free Love
7 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) ,I'll Always Love My Mama ,Give the People What They Want ,I Don't Love You Anymore
8 Brand New Me ,Love I Lost, The ,Billy's Back Home ,See You When I Git There
9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You ,I Wanna Know Your Name ,Hope That We Can Be Together Soon ,Use Ta Be My Girl
10 You're the Reason Why ,Dirty Ol' Man ,Do It Any Way You Wanna ,Close the Door
11 Drowning In the Sea of Love ,Put Your Hands Together ,Big Hurt, The ,Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
12 I'm Stone In Love With You ,Thanks For Saving My Life ,Let Me Make Love to You ,You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
13 I Miss You ,Mighty Love ,Wake Up Everybody ,Hurry Up This Way Again
14 Back Stabbers ,Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 ,I Love Music ,Love T.K.O.
15 Sunshine ,For the Love of Money ,Don't Leave Me This Way ,I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
16 I'll Be Around ,Where Do We Go From Here ,Let's Groove ,It's Gonna Take a Miracle
17 Slow Motion, Pt. 1 ,T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ,Livin' for the Weekend ,If Only You Knew
18 Me and Mrs. Jones
19 If You Don't Know Me by Now
20 Love is Here
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