Soul City Philadelphia - Philly Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music 2x CD
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Soul City Philadelphia - Philly Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music 2x CD

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Title: Soul City Philadelphia - Philly Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music 2x CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Fantastic Voyage
Catalogue #: FVDD198
Format: CD
Genre: 60s Soul, R&B
Release Year: 2014
Condition: New & Sealed

1. Watch Your Step - Bobby Parker
2. Steal Your Heart Away - Bobby Parker
3. There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 1) - The Jolly Jax
4. There’s Something On Your Mind (Part 2) - The Jolly Jax
5. Cryin’ Over You - The Cruisers
6. Don’t Tease Me - The Cruisers
7. If I Had Our Love To Live Over - Al Downing
8. Words Of Love - Al Downing
9. Ashes - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
10. Nitty Gritty - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
11. Cry Baby Cry - The Sensations feat. Yvonne Mills
12. That’s My Desire - Yvonne Baker and The Sensations
13. Party Across The Hall - Yvonne Baker and The Sensations
14. This Is A Perfect Moment - The Gainors
15. Where I Want To Be - The Gainors
16. Tell Him - The Gainors
17. Darlin’ - The Gainors
18. The Popeye Waddle - Don Covay
19. One Little Boy Had Money - Don Covay
20. Holiday Hill - The Orlons
21. Tonight - The Orlons
22. Don’t Hang Up - The Orlons
23. The Conservative - The Orlons
24. A Whole Lot Of Lovin’ - Ben Higgins
25. Really Paradise - Ben Higgins
26. She Is Mine - The Blue Notes
27. The Letter - The Blue Notes
28. My Hero - The Blue Notes
29. A Good Woman - The Blue Notes
30. Blue Star - The Blue Notes


1. A Wonderful Dream - The Majors
2. Time Will Tell - The Majors
3. She’s A Troublemaker - The Majors
4. A Little Bit Now (A Little Bit Later) - The Majors
5. When We Get Married - The Dreamlovers
6. Just Because - The Dreamlovers
7. Welcome Home - The Dreamlovers
8. Let Them Love (And Be Loved) - The Dreamlovers
9. I Miss You - The Dreamlovers
10. It’s All Right - Solomon Burke
11. Be Bop Grandma - Solomon Burke
12. One Day - The Bobby Peterson Quintet
13. Mama Get Your Hammer - The Bobby Peterson Quintet
14. Will You Ever Be Mine - Donnie Elbert
15. Half As Old - Donnie Elbert
16. Baby Let Me Love You Tonite - Donnie Elbert
17. Maybe You’ll Be There - Lee Andrews and The Hearts
18. All I Ask Is Love - Lee Andrews and The Hearts
19. I Wonder - Lee Andrews
20. Toot - Chubby Checker
21. Dance The Mess Around - Chubby Checker
22. The Fly - Chubby Checker
23. Eyes - Yvonne Baker and The Sensations
24. No Changes - Yvonne Baker and The Sensations
25. I Won’t Cry - Bunny Sigler
26. Come On Home - Bunny Sigler
27. It’s Unbelievable - The Larks
28. I Can’t Believe It - The Larks
29. Mope-itty Mope - The Boss-Tones
30. Wings Of An Angel - The Boss-Tones

Compiled and annotated by soul music authority Clive Richardson, Soul City Philadelphia is the latest in a series that has previously explored the nascent soul scenes in Detroit, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.


Soul City Philadelphia presents records which served to establish the musical direction of the city in the late 1950s and early 1960s, at the dawn of the soul era. America's fourth-largest city proved to be a focal point for money, growing to be a major banking centre on the East Coast, and money also brought music - as cited by Tony Cummings, author of The Sound of Philadelphia, the Philly sound was made possible due to a web of coincidences which brought the right people to the right place at the right time. The Philly Sound means different things to different people, depending on their age or musical era of choice. In the early 1960s the sound was likely to be the blasting sax solos and crisp snare-beat which typified the chart hits on Bernie Lowe s Cameo and Parkway labels, generated by the key A&R duo of Kal Mann and Dave Appell. It is this style that forms the focus of this anthology, with Lowe s labels being matched for independent success by the likes of V-Tone (run by Venton Buddy Caldwell from 2034 Ridge Ave), Chancellor (run by Peter DeAngelis and Bob Marcucci from the Chancellor Room of the Hyatt Hotel), and Heritage (run by Jerry Ross).


Also featuring are artists who originated in Philadelphia but who achieved success on labels outside the city, such as the Sensations, Solomon Burke and the Majors. Other famous artists included on this 60-track 2CD selection include Don Covay, Bobby Parker, Screamin Jay Hawkins, the Orlons, Donnie Elbert, Lee Andrews and Chubby Checker, but as always in this series, there are fascinating recordings by lesser-known acts. Here we have music from the formative period of the soul era in Philadelphia.

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