Madacy's 10 All Time Soul Classics, Vol. 2: The Best of Philadelphia International is a brief round-up of some very smooth, very romantic songs from the vaults of the great soul label Philadelphia International's vaults. The sound of Philly soul is lush strings, laid-back (sometimes funky) musical foundations, and gritty vocalists on top with a side of harmony group vocals. While the ten songs here may not be the biggest hits the label ever released, they all are prime examples of the label's sound. The best cuts are among the best soul songs ever; McFadden & Whitehead's "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now," Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO" and "Close the Door," and the Jones Girls' "You Gonna Make Me Love Someone Else" are all 100 percent Philly soul. Taken together with 10 All Time Soul Classics, Vol. 1: The Best of Philadelphia International, Madacy has put together a decent history of the label and the sound. If they had packaged them less cheesily and boiled the two discs down into one, they really might have had something essential.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra