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OSW: Philly Soul, Volume II


The first time was so good, it was impossible to let these go, especially with the requests from the last one. Presenting:

Old
School Wednesday: Philly Soul, Volume II.


01 – The Intruders – Cowboys to Girls.
My moms used to play this cut endlessly.  And sing it. All the time.
Hats off to London Lee for bringing it back. 
02 – The Stylistics – You Are
Everything
.
I honestly can’t get enough of the Stylistics, so I made sure to
restrain
myself.  In my opinion, everything they touched turned to
gold. 

03 – Billy Paul – Let’s Make a Baby. GrantLove
had it on his mind, so why not pull it out?
04 – The Spinners – It’s a
Shame. 
Co-written by Stevie Wonder (who was 20 at the time) and
Lee Garrett,
this song is also a classic. This helped put The Spinners on the
map.
05 – Jean Carne – I’m Back For
More
.  Back in 1980, this duet with Al Johnson
was released. Nods to
GrantLove on this
one also.

06 – The O’Jays – Used To Be My
Girl. 
O’Jays biggest selling single.
07 – The Jones Girls – Children of the Night. 
Originally performed by The Stylistics, this socially conscious track always
gets repeated in my car when played.   A classic Thom
Bell
/Linda
Creed
track. 
08 – Jean Carne – Don’t Let It Go
to Your
Head.
In my opinion, her greatest track- and most
underappreciated.. 

09 – Harold Melvin & The
Blue Notes – The
Love I Lost. 
Considered one of the first disco
singles.
10 – Instant Funk – I Got My Mind
Made
Up.
Speaking of disco, this song was mixed by the one and
only Larry
Levan.  This hit number one on the R&B chart and top
20 pop.
11 – The O’Jays – Love
Train.
Platinum
single from The O’Jays.
12 – Instant Funk – Crying.
Also released
by Instant Funk. Yet another underappreciated track from
1979.
13 – Phyllis Hyman – You Know How
To Love
Me
. I don’t think I can say enough about it, so I’m
calling on the people
leaving comments to speak about this track instead. 
Timeless.
14 – MFSB – Love Is the
Message
. This
track, over 10 minutes long, was often the track that you heard at a
club before
they took your drinks out of you, started bringing up the lights, and
opening
the doors up, while personnel were getting ready to start pushing you
out of the
door when the song ended.  Classic.

Vibe it through.

13 Responses “OSW: Philly Soul, Volume II”

  1. 26 October 2005 at 07:58

    Oh. My. Gawd. The O’Jays! Phylis Hyman! The Stylistics! The Spinners!
    I just love your musical mind.

  2. 26 October 2005 at 09:13

    YES EJ, That’s what I’m talking about. Philadelphia International was one of the best labels ever. Tantamount to Motown on the ability to crank out hit after hit, Philly International became known as The Sound Of Philadelphia thanks to Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. So many great songs to choose from, you did your thing.
    Interesting article on Philadelphia International Records…Check it out:

  3. Philly International Story
  • 26 October 2005 at 10:01

    Wow, you took me back in that post.
    I will be singing “Got my mind made up, you can get it…Get it girl, anytime” all dang day
    Lovely blog!

  • 26 October 2005 at 10:01

    No I’ll never (never)
    No, no never (never)
    Love again

  • 26 October 2005 at 10:37

    Man, I’m loving this and I haven’t even started listening yet. Just reading the song titles takes me back.

  • 26 October 2005 at 10:53

    What would I do without my OSW? I don’t wanna imagine. Thanks for another moving and grooving one, EJ!

  • 26 October 2005 at 13:29

    cause if you’re playing games
    it would be a shame…

    Jean Carne…one of my favorites…along with “was that all there was?”
    Go EJ!

  • 26 October 2005 at 16:30

    WOW!!! Another journey back to Philly Soul! This is wonderful. Jean Carne and Phyllis Hyman are both very underrated singers. I think I will need to pull out music from both of them this weekend.

  • Nathans
    27 October 2005 at 09:11

    Just awesome
    I used to live in philly and this stuff brings back so many memories!

  • 27 October 2005 at 09:56

    Good Lawd!!! That’s a damn lineup!!!! Where dem O’Jays at? Oh!! There they is!!!

  • Qamar
    27 October 2005 at 15:43

    Timeless! For a few seconds I was back at one of the house parties my parents hosted (or used to take us to).
    I’m loving this series!
    Keep it comin’, EJ (the new conductor of the Philly Soul Train)!

  • 27 October 2005 at 18:34

    instant funky baby! beautiful

  • 5 November 2005 at 17:48

    Ok, more than a week later and I’m still listening to this. Can’t get enough Phyllis Hyman and MFSB.

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