Nothing But A House Party - The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967-71 Various Artists (States & Regions)


60s Soul
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Classic 60s/70s soul from the City of Brotherly Love, recorded before the Philadelphia Sound went International.

For the whole of the 1970s, the Philly Sound was a leading and immediately identifiable component of black American music. A crack team of producers, songwriters and musicians raised worldwide awareness of Philadelphia soul to the level the Motown Sound had enjoyed during the previous decade. Anyone with half an ear for music could spot a Philly soul record by its opening bars, whatever the location of the label on which it appeared.

In the same way the Motown Sound really came together after the company started recording almost exclusively in its own premises, the Philly Sound quickly took shape once Joe Tarsia, the former chief engineer at Cameo-Parkway Studios, opened Sigma Sound in 1968. There had been other notable studios in the city, such as Virtue, where the sound had been coming together under the auspices of those who would later play increasingly significant roles in its creation. It took a short time for the Philly Sound to come together but a lot of great records were cut during its evolution. Spanning the period 1967 to 1971, shortly before the establishment of Philadelphia International Records and the complete realisation of the Philly Sound, this new Kent compilation contains two dozen of the very best examples.

All the artists featured here played an important part in the development of the Philly Sound. While some – Moses Smith, for example – made just a couple of records, others such as George Tindley and Len Barry enjoyed lengthy careers, and non-locals Jerry Butler, Archie Bell, Peaches & Herb and Freddie Scott enjoyed hits with recordings made in other cities. For those who know only the Philly Sound hits of the 70s, this collection will prove to be revelatory. Those who go back a bit further will relish the chance to revisit some of the goodies that drew them to Philly soul in the first place. Many of the tracks have never been on UK CD before and some are reissued here for the first time. And as always, the booklet is stuffed with as many photos and illustrations as we could accommodate.



Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Ain't Nothing But A House Party - The Show Stoppers

  • 02 Preview You've Been Untrue - The Delfonics

  • 03 Preview It's All Over But The Shouting - George Tindley

  • 04 Preview Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler

  • 05 Preview Help Me (Get Over My Used To Be Lover) - Honey & The Bees

  • 06 Preview Christine - Executive Suite

  • 07 Preview Love Is All Right - Cliff Nobles

  • 08 Preview I Ain't Got The Love Of One Girl (On My Mind) - The Ambassadors

  • 09 Preview Peace To You Brother - Lou Jackson

  • 10 Preview My Balloon's Going Up - Archie Bell & The Drells

  • 11 Preview That's The Price You Have To Pay - Brenda & The Tabulations

  • 12 Preview Rainmaker - The Moods

  • 13 Preview Keep On Striving - Moses Smith

  • 14 Preview Piper Must Be Paid - Sonny Ross

  • 15 Preview You Better Stop It - Barbara Mason

  • 16 Preview Goin' Home To An Empty House - Sunshine

  • 17 Preview Every Day Is A Holiday - The Intruders

  • 18 Preview (You) Got What I Need - Freddie Scott

  • 19 Preview Girl You're Too Young - Len Barry

  • 20 Preview Your Fool Still Loves You - Oscar Weathers

  • 21 Preview What You Gave Up - The Continental 4

  • 22 Preview Let's Make A Promise - Peaches & Herb

  • 23 Preview I'm On My Way - Winfield Parker

  • 24 Preview Standing In The Darkness - The Ethics

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