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