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The O'Jays, Billy Paul, MFSB – Golden Gate Groove: Live in San Francisco 1973 (2012)

The so-called Sound of Philadelphia, as constructed by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell in the 1970s, wasn’t just attitude, in the style of today. Wasn’t just talk, but also a new walk. A shared attitude. A sound.

One Track Mind: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around" (1972)

One Track Mind: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around" (1972)

From the first chunky guitar chords, the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” is a different kind of a song about getting dumped, and still loving her anyway, and thinking to yourself — and then saying out loud — that you’ll wait for as long as it takes for her to return, since there’s always a chance, no matter how remote, thatRead More

Gimme Five: Hall and Oates

Gimme Five: Hall and Oates

by Nick Deriso Hall and Oates are, of course, the poster boys for what happens when hair gel meets R&B. Funny thing is, they were originally anything but polished. Hall had reportedly been in an early Philly band with Thom Bell, later a central figure in that city’s R&B legacy. Along the way, H&O tried out an acoustic bent onRead More

Deep Cuts: The Stylistics, "People Make The World Go Round" (1971)

by S. Victor Aaron Some time back, I allowed that the music of Hall & Oates was a guilty pleasure of mine. My affinity for their much of their body of work is really a derivative of my appreciation of that Philly Soul sound from the early and mid-seventies. The primary architect of this sound was producer, arranger and composerRead More

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