Harold Melvin
The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976)
The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
The O'Jays

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Philly Soul was one of the most popular forms of soul music in the early '70s. Building on the steady groove of Hi Records and Stax/Volt singles, Philly soul added sweeping strings, seductive horns, and lush arrangements to the deep rhythms. As a result, it was much smoother -- even slicker -- than the deep soul of the late '60s, but the vocals remained as soulful as any previous form of R&B. Philly soul was primary a producer's medium, as Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and Thom Bell created the instrumental textures that came to distinguish the genre. That isn't to short-change the vocalists, since the Spinners, the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the Stylistics were among many fine soul singers with distinctive voices, but the sonic elements that made Philly soul distinctive were the creation of the producers. Gamble & Huff worked with the Delfonics, Archie Bell, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and the O'Jays; Bell produced the Spinners and the Stylistics, among others. The highly produced sound of Philly soul paved the way for the studio constructions of disco and urban contemporary R&B.

Philly Soul Artists Highlights

Harold Melvin
Harold Melvin
The O'Jays
The O'Jays
The Spinners
The Spinners
The Delfonics
The Delfonics
The Stylistics
The Stylistics
MFSB
MFSB

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Philly Soul Album Highlights

The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976)
Various Artists
The Philly Sound: Kenny ...
The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Harold Melvin & the Blue ...
The Essential Harold ...
Back Stabbers
The O'Jays
Back Stabbers
A One of a Kind Love Affair: The Anthology
The Spinners
A One of a Kind Love ...
Tightening It Up: The Best of Archie Bell & the Drells
Archie Bell & the Drells
Tightening It Up: The Best ...
Philly Favorites
Various Artists
Philly Favorites

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Philly Soul Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) The Delfonics
If You Don't Know Me by Now Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Me and Mrs. Jones Billy Paul
Could It Be I'm Falling in Love The Spinners
Love Train The O'Jays
You Make Me Feel Brand New The Stylistics
T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) MFSB
Rock the Boat Hues Corporation
Cowboys to Girls The Intruders
The Rubberband Man The Spinners

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