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Issue 1093

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M.F.S.B: The Definitive Collection

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UK release date 11.03.2018

This MFSB compilation will take you back to the origins of Philly Soul which began in the early 70s: giving you a flawless rhythm section, unrestrained brass riffs, sweeping strings and kilos of sweat will be left on the dance floor, after all was it not the legendary Don Cornelius who asked this explosive outfit to compose a theme for his new music programme Soul Train? The result being the fab "TSOP" (The Sound Of Philadelphia) also adorning this dazzling platter of sheer musical wizzardry. Released in March 1974, it reached number one on the US Billboard pop and R&B charts and was highly influential in establishing the disco sound.

This pool of thirty musicians worked closely with Gamble & Huff and arranger Thom Bell producing exhilarating music for those heady times backing acts such as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, the Spinners, Wilson Pickett, and Billy Paul to name but a few but here they are mainly their own magnificent beast and the tuneage is top notch just check out the incredible arrangements of 'Back Stabbers', an absolutely gorgeous instrumental version of Elton John's 'Philadelphia Freedom' and a stonking take of Sly & The Family Stone's evergreen 'Family Affair' topped with a jazztastic version of Curtis Mayfield's 'Freddie's dead',sit back, kick back and relax to that special golden era and fantastic arrangements - Cherry Red Records have done it again releasing this absolute gem from the vaults!
 
Words Emrys Baird

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