Various Artists

Sweet Soul of the '70s: The Sound of Philadelphia

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Part of Time Life's extensive Sweet Soul of the ‘70s series, The Sound of Philadelphia provides a two-disc overview of Philly soul, with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International rightly given much of the spotlight. This is a solid introduction for neophytes, including many classics from the decade: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' “Wake Up Everybody” (featuring Teddy Pendergrass), the Spinners' “I’ll Be Around,” Billy Paul's “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Eddie Kendricks' “He’s a Friend,” and Lou Rawls' “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine.” The set leans heavily on the Spinners, Dramatics, Stylistics, and O’Jays -- containing three or four songs from each one of those groups -- and doesn’t include much from the decade’s last couple years. Even so, one could do far worse.

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