philly-sound

La-La Means I Love You (Digitally Remastered 1997)
  • La-La Means I Love You (Digitally Remastered 1997)
  • The Delfonics
  • La-La Means I Love You
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Nostalgic w/ every listen. W/ a childhood filled w/ an eclectic and bountiful collection of music, this classic from the Delfonics never gets old. It gives me a harmless and peaceful visual of the golden age of love songs. 1968, innocent love songs begin to share popularity w/ more provocative songs as society transitions to the ultimate hedonist decade (the 70’s). This song embodies a timeless and gracious feeling, becoming one of the smoothest but simplistic love songs in their collection. 

DOPE IN ANY DECADE | LASTINGVESSEL

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O'Jays - “I Love Music”, Special Disco Service Long Version, 1975

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Montana Sextet - Heavy Vibes (Club Mix)

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Teddy Pendergrass -You Can’t Hide From Yourself 

One of the best voices ever

Vince Montana Jr left us on April 13, he was 85 years.

He spent most of them writing, playing and arranging beautiful music. You can hear playing vibraphone (or vibes for short) on pretty much EVERY recording that came out of Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studio from the late 60s to the mid 80’s.

He was playing the vibes with MFSB, composers Gamble & Huff’s studio supergroup, the core of what is known as the Philly Sound. He conducted the same musicians as his own Salsoul Orchestra giving them many classic Disco songs, amongst them the infamous Runaway with Loleatta Holloway on vocals on which you can clearly hear Vince’s trademark vibes licks.

In the 90’s newer school House producers got him back in the studio and he arranged strings for Mousse T, DJ Meme and most notably for MAW collaborating on the Braxton’s cover of the Boss and remaking his own classic Runaway.

When I first heard “The Way U Love Me” I immediately asked to remix it and a budget to be able to get Vince to score the strings and vibes in Philadelphia. I was certain the song could be turned into a Philly Sound classic. Despite suffering with major illness at the time Vince enthusiastically accepted and made my dream come true.

The T.S.O.P. version of “The Way U Love Me” is the remix I’m the most proud of. It features a cast of more than 30 people, each one of them putting a part of their soul in the recording.
The mix you can hear on this page is an unreleased instrumental edit where the forefront is taken by the string orchestra and vibraphone solos.

As India was saying in the NuYorican Soul remake of Runaway:
“Vince, play them vibes for us just one more time”

  • Love Train
  • The O'Jays
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Hey guys! sorry for not posting so long, i was on vacation and didn’t have internet access. anyway, here’s today’s post…

Mix Thursday (Philly soul-early disco): the o'jays’ 1972 chart topper is a song anyone can dance to. with it’s funky rhythm and disco-y sound, it can get anyone of their butt and on the floor. add the sweet lyrics and you got yourself a chart topper.

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First Choice -ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS 

Thom Bell is the pre-eminent genius of symphonic soul. The songs he’s produced and written represent the melodic peak of the fabled Philadelphia sound, perhaps even rivaling Barry Gordy’s Motown machine. He helped launch the careers of The Stylistics, Delfonics, Spinners, O'Jays and countless others, in addition to helping recraft the sounds of Elton John & Deniece Williams. To name a few of his classics: "La La La Means I Love You", “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind, "Betcha by Golly, Wow” & “They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)”.

Contrary to what some may think, the era of the super producer did not begin with Timbaland or the like. Namely, producers Madlib, J Dilla & even The Fugees have each borrowed from Bell. I’ll probably start tracking down and assembling his discography; doesn’t appear that anyone has provided a comprehensive list online. Don’t blame them, though – could easily get into the thousands.

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Roots - you got me

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This was the first hit for The O'Jays after years in a slump. In the late 60s they got picked up by producers Gamble and Huff for a career revival and over the next 4 years they would become an international sensation. “One Night Affair” was originally issued as a single, and it was later included on The O'Jay’s album In Philadelphia which was originally released on Gamble and Huff’s early record label, Neptune Records, in 1969.

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The Trammps - Trusting Heart

Thom Bell Interview
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An excellent NPR interview with composer/songwriter Thom Bell. It runs for about half an hour, but even the first 5 minutes provide some great nuggets of knowledge. Aspiring songwriters and composers – this is a must-listen. By the way, Bell was inducted into the 2006 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

(vía ▶ Kirk Degiorgio - Tribute to Vincent Montana Jr. : Red Bull Music Academy Radio)

  1. Ain’t Got The Love | The Ambassadors | Arctic 
  2. Geronimo | The Electric Indian | United Artists 
  3. Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart | The Stylistics | Avco 
  4. People Make The World Go Round | The Stylistics | Avco 
  5. Desiree | Laura Nyro | Columbia 
  6. Guess I’ll Never Understand | Fletcher Walker III | Paramount  
  7. Back Stabbers | The O'Jays | Philadelphia International 
  8. Getting Together | A Brother’s Guiding Light | Mercury 
  9. Make It Last | The Vibrations | Chess 
  10. I Can’t Fight Your Love The Modulations | Buddah 
  11. What Goes Around (Comes Around) Black Ivory | Kwanza 
  12. Don’t Leave Me | The Delfonics | Unreleased 
  13. Freddie’s Dead | MFSB | Philadelphia International 
  14. Blood Is Thicker Than Water | William DeVaughn | Roxbury 
  15. Bump De Bump | Monk Montgomery | Philadelphia International 
  16. You’re Just The Right Size | The Salsoul Orchestra | Salsoul 
  17. Stop And Get A Hold Of Yourself | Blue Magic | ATCO 
  18. I Just Can’t Say Goodbye | Touch Of Class | Midland International 
  19. Center City | Fat Larry’s Band | Atlantic 
  20. I’m Going Through Changes Now | Brown Sugar | Capitol 
  21. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman | Sound of Inner City | West End 
  22. I Got A Feeling | First Choice | Warner 
  23. Jealousy | Major Harris | Atlantic 
  24. Run Away | The Salsoul Orchestra ft. Loleatta Holloway | Salsoul 
  25. Love Is You | Carol Williams | Salsoul 
  26. Sorry | Grace Jones | Island 
  27. Russel Never Stood A Chance | Adam Wade | Kirshner 
  28. It Looks Like Love | Goody Goody | Atlantic 
  29. Warp Factor II | Montana | Atlantic 
  30. Ooh I Love It (Love Break) | The Salsoul Orchestra | Salsoul 
  31. Heavy Vibes | Vincent Montana Orchestra | Philly Sound Works 
  32. Who Needs Enemies | Vincent Montana Jr. | Philly Sound Works 

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Vince Montana Jr left us on April 13, he was 85 years.

He spent most of them writing, playing and arranging beautiful music. You can hear playing vibraphone (or vibes for short) on pretty much EVERY recording that came out of Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studio from the late 60s to the mid 80’s.

He was playing the vibes with MFSB, composers Gamble & Huff’s studio supergroup, the core of what is known as the Philly Sound. He conducted the same musicians as his own Salsoul Orchestra giving them many classic Disco songs, amongst them the infamous Runaway with Loleatta Holloway on vocals on which you can clearly hear Vince’s trademark vibes licks.

In the 90’s newer school House producers got him back in the studio and he arranged strings for Mousse T, DJ Meme and most notably for MAW collaborating on the Braxton’s cover of the Boss and remaking his own classic Runaway.

When I first heard “The Way U Love Me” I immediately asked to remix it and a budget to be able to get Vince to score the strings and vibes in Philadelphia. I was certain the song could be turned into a Philly Sound classic. Despite suffering with major illness at the time Vince enthusiastically accepted and made my dream come true.

The T.S.O.P. version of “The Way U Love Me” is the remix I’m the most proud of. It features a cast of more than 30 people, each one of them putting a part of their soul in the recording.
The mix you can hear on this page is an unreleased instrumental edit where the forefront is taken by the string orchestra and vibraphone solos.

As India was saying in the NuYorican Soul remake of Runaway:
“Vince, play them vibes for us just one more time”

Full credits below:

Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz Feat. Marc Evans - The Way You Love Me (Dim’s T.S.O.P. Version) Unreleased Dubstrumental
Written by Gary Ahrens, Marc Evans, Gary Hudgins, Irvin Madden, Sean Spencer & Dimitri Yerasimos
Original Produced by DJ Spen & The MuthaFunkaz

Lead Vocals by Marc Evans
Background Vocals by Marc Evans, Jada Davis & KT Spencer

Original Keyboards by Gary Hudgins
Original Bass by Irvin Madden
Original Programming by Ron Hall & DJ Spen
Originally Mastered By Gary Deane @ Code Red Recording Studios Baltimore MD
Executive Producers: DJ Leo & Neil Pierce

T.S.O.P. Remix Exclusively Produced & Arranged by Dimitri from Paris for La French House of Entertainment
New Rhythm Section by Los Amigos Invisibles
New Drums by Juan Manuel Roura
New Bass by Jose Rafael Torres
New Keyboards by Armando Figueredo
New Guitar by Jose Luis Pardo
Congas by Mauricio Arcas
New Strings Arranged & Conducted by Vincent Montana, Jr.
New Violins by Igor Szwec, Diane Barnett, Gloria Justen, Louigi Mazzoechi, Olga Konopelsky & Elizabeth Kaderaback
New Violas by Davis Barnett & Nina Cottman
New Cello by Anthony Pirollo
New Vibraharp by Vincent Montana, Jr.
New Rhythm Section recorded at Tu Casa New York City & Casa del rhythmo, Brooklyn
New Strings recorded at The Studio, Philadelphia
New PA engineered by Jeff Chestek
New Vibraharp recorded at Philly Sound Works
Vibraphone recorded by Louis Benedetti

New Mix by Dimitri from Paris
Additional engineering by Julien Jabre at La French House Studio, Paris

Published by Defected Music Ltd & Blonde Music
P 2006 Defected Records
C 2008 Defected Records