Three Degrees- ST

This little gem was $4.  I got it to diversify the blog which is much needed given where the second half of September is heading.  What is this you say?  Well, stay tuned to find out.

Formed in Philadelphia, and rising up with the Philadelphia Sound of the 1970’s, The Three Degrees started their career in 1963..  This is the second studio album and the first on Philadelphia International Records, the label of Gamble and Huff (and Thom Bell).  Released in 1973, this features the group with the lineup that brought them their biggest hits.  This lineup, which formed from 1967- 1976, featured original member Fayette Pinkney along with Valerie Holiday, and Shelia Ferguson.  Consequently, a version led by Holiday still performs today.

Link to The Three Degrees’ Web Site

Anyway, back to the record, it was among one of their most successful and spawned four singles; “Dirty Ol’ Man”, “I Didn’t Know”, “Year of Decision” and ” When Will I See You Again”, which went to #2 in the US and #1 in the UK.

For a sample, I decided to go with “Can’t You See What You Are Doing To Me”.

Pretty good album.  Satisfactory.

 

The Stylistics- Thank You Baby

We are celebrating Black History Month on the blog all month long.  Here is this record which I picked up at a record show for $3.00.

The Stylistics are a vocal group who embodied the Philadelphia Soul scene of the 70’s.  Lead by Russel Thompkins Jr on vocals, and backed up by James Dunn, James Smith, Airrion Love and Herb Murell, the group had a string if hits during this period, most under the production of Thom Bell.  Styles change and popularity fades but two incarnations of the group continue today, one of which led by Love and Murrell along with members of the Delfonics.

Link to the Stylistics

This record, released in 1975, was the groups’ sixth effort.  It would go to #9 on the RnB charts.  It produced a few singles, the title track being the most successful, reaching the #7 spot.   This record was the beginning of a transformative period for the group as Bell stepped down from production duties.  Success in the US was fading at this point, but the group continued to find success in the UK.

As far as this record goes, it is pretty good 70’s vocal-driven soul.  However, the record is in bad shape.  Most every song skips.  Therefore, I went with “Tears and Souvenirs” as it was the only non-skipping song on the record.

Well it is not the group’s fault that someone played this record to death so I am going to say this is a satisfactory record despite the scratches and skips.

The Delfonics- ST

DSCN2259This was a dollar.  At the time,  I was short on good soul records. For the most part, I still am.  Most of the records at Half Price Books are devoid of soul.  I have to either get lucky at Sig’s Lagoon (which is where this record came from) or clean up at record conventions.53fe4d3f7cc94.image

The Delfonics were a soul trio from Philadelphia who were big in the late 60’s/ early seventies.  Consisting of William Hart, Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain, the hits from this period were written by producer Thom Bell.  During this time with this lineup, they had a string of successful records and hit singles.  They would breakup in 1975 and reform in the 1980’s in various incarnations.  A lineup headed by Wilbert still tours today. Moreover, their music was used heavily in Jackie Brown.

Delfonics Web Page

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This record was their third and highest charting, reaching # 4 on the R&B chart.  Critics have called it their most cohesive and complete album and generally speaking, their best work.  Coincidentally, it was the last album to be produced by Thom Bell. There are a lot of great moments on this album.  the biggest hit was “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” but songs like “Over and Over”, “The Delfonics Theme”, and “Funny Feeling” are very good as well.  Released in 1970, I also like the General Zod pose on the back cover.

DSCN2260The record itself is pretty worn from use.  I went with “Down is Up, Up is Down” as a sample as it is the least scratchy.jackie_brown_edit_3263415k

Top Rated Soul record, no doubt.  Happy Saturday.