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Various - Soul City Philadelphia 2CD (CD)€15,00
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. 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.
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.
Also available as 2LP vinyl collector’s edition, featuring 28 of the most sought-after tracks and colour insert.