Tag Archives: Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL-THE COLLECTION 20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL-THE COLLECTION 20 ORIGINAL ALBUMS. On February 13th 2014, Sony Music announced that it had acquired the worldwide rights to Philadelphia International Records’ post 1975 back-catalogue. At last, one label, Sony Music now had control of the rights to the entire Philadelphia International Records’ back-catalogue. This was progress. Maybe now, a proper reissue program …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-REACHING FOR THE WORLD.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-REACHING FOR THE WORLD. Wake Up Everybody marked the end of an era for Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. Not only was To Be True the last Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ album to feature Teddy Pendergrass, but it was their last album to be released on Philadelphia International …

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GOLDEN GATE GROOVE: THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA IN SAN FRANCISCO-1973.

GOLDEN GATE GROOVE: THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA IN SAN FRANCISCO-1973. There was only one occasion that Philadelphia International Records’ biggest names shared a stage. That was in September 1973, when Gamble and Huff took Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, The Three Degrees, Billy Paul and M.F.S.B. to the CBS annual convention in …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-SPECIAL VINYL EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-SPECIAL VINYL EDITION. Just a year after the release of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes, now lovers of vinyl will be able to purchase a copy of what was one of the most anticipated box sets of 2012. While the four CD box set of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-TO BE TRUE.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-TO BE TRUE. Between 1972 and 1975, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes released a quartet of albums that saw one of the most successful artists in the history of Philly Soul. During that period, commercial success and critical acclaim were constant companions for Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS-THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS-THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET. One of the most eagerly awaited and much anticipated box sets finally hits the shops on 21st May 2012. In case anyone doesn’t realize what I’m talking about, this is the Philadelphia International Records-The 40th Anniversary Box Set, a mammoth ten disc box set, released by Harmless Records …

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JUMPIN.’

JUMPIN.’ Since 1995, Harmless Records have been releasing an eclectic selection of compilations. This has ranged from their highly successful funk, soul and jazz compilations Pulp Fusion to compilations, to compilations of breakbeats and Latin music. However, over the past few years, Harmless Records have also released a number of quality disco compilations, including their …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-TALK IT UP (TELL EVERYBODY).

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-TALK IT UP (TELL EVERYBODY). After Teddy Pendergrass left Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, both Teddy and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes fortunes varied. While Teddy went on to become a global superstar, resulting in his first four albums being certified platinum and another three gold, Harold Melvin …

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DIMITRI FROM PARIS-GET DOWN WITH THE PHILLY SOUND.

DIMITRI FROM PARIS-GET DOWN WITH THE PHILLY SOUND. For anyone who like me who is a huge fan of Philadelphia International Records, 2012 is going to be year to enjoy. A number of compilations, box sets and live albums are being released to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff founding Philadelphia …

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PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL: THE RE-EDITS.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL: THE RE-EDITS. Sometimes, once you’ve heard that a new album will be due out soon, then you can’t wait to get your hands on to review. That’s how I felt about Harmless’ latest compilation, Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits, which I’ve waited to hear for a number of weeks. This is just the latest …

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LOVE AND JEALOUSY AND BACK TO MY PLACE BABY.

LOVE AND JEALOUSY AND BACK TO MY PLACE BABY. If I was to say the words Southern, Deep, Crossover, Modern and Northern what would you say? Many people would immediately say soul. They would be correct, but they’re also the themes for some of the Backbeats compilations that have been released since 2009. In total, …

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PHILLY BUSTERS AND SMOOTH GROOVES.

PHILLY BUSTERS AND SMOOTH GROOVES. Usually around the Christmas and New Year period, you don’t expect to find a series of ten, yes ten great soul compilations to be released. Usually at this time of year it’s a myriad of predictable greatest hits or best of albums from the usual suspects. Add to that the …

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TEDDY PENDERGRASS-LIFE IS A SONG WORTH SINGING.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS-LIFE IS A SONG WORTH SINGING. In a previous article I reviewed Teddy Pendergrass’ debut solo album, entitled Teddy Pendergrass. This was his first album since leaving Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, where he’d been the lead singer. His debut solo album, Teddy Pendergrass was released in June 1977, reaching number seventeen in …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-I MISS YOU.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-I MISS YOU. Although Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes had originally been formed back in the early fifties, as The Charlemagnes, and became The Blue Notes in 1954, it wasn’t until August 1972, that the group released their debut album, originally entitled I Miss You. However, after the success …

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TEDDY PENDERGRASS-TEDDY PENDERGRASS.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS-TEDDY PENDERGRASS. Before becoming a hugely successful solo artist, Teddy Pendergrass had been lead singer with Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. However, in 1976, Teddy quit the group, deciding to pursue a solo career. While this worked out well for Teddy,  resulting in four platinum discs and three gold discs, things didn’t work …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUENOTES-BLACK AND BLUE.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUENOTES-BLACK AND BLUE. One of my favorite labels of all time is the Philadelphia International label, founded by Gamble and Huff in 1971. For many years, Gamble and Huff sprinkled their magic on many artists that went on to become soul legends. These included Billy Paul, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, Teddy …

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HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-WAKE UP EVERYBODY.

HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES-WAKE UP EVERYBODY. Recently, I mentioned how I was going to review a few of my favorite albums on the Philadelphia International Records label, with my first review being The O’Jays album Ship Ahoy. This got me thinking about which of the many great albums released on that label would …

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