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Nothing But A House Party: The Birth Of The Philly Sound

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KENT. CD/DL Philadelph­ia soul’s building blocks spanning 1967 to ’71.

This superb selection traces the origins of the ’70s Philadelph­ia Internatio­nal trademark sound – those string obbligatos, rich vocal harmonies, penetratin­g horns – in the early recordings of The Delfonics, Jerry Butler, Lou Jackson et al. The first named’s You’ve Been Untrue, built around singer/songwriter William ‘Poogie’ Hart’s mellifluou­s falsetto and Thom Bell’s luxuriant arrangemen­t, came out on Cameo Parkway in 1967 and paved the way for the group’s future classics, including Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time. Butler is a vocalist more closely associated with Chicago, yet captures the essence of Philly on Never Give You Up, a stop-you-in-yourtracks ballad recorded in 1968 with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff in Sigma Sound for Mercury. Lou Jackson, meanwhile, taps into the Let’s-Clean-UpThe-Ghetto side with 1971’s gutsy testifier Peace To You Brother on Spring. Lois Wilson

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