Title - 'Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia'
Artist - Various
'Golden Gate Groove: The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973' documents the first - and only - time that the stars of Philadelphia International Records ever played in concert with the label's fabled house band, known as MFSB. Capturing a 1973 night in the City by the Bay it introduced the brightest stars from the City of Brotherly Love to en mass of an audience.
And each one of these artists contained on this fantastic collection and their classic songs can now be heard on this quite remarkable time capsule. One that's newly arrived from Legacy Recordings and Philadelphia International.
The CD kicks off with an Introduction By Master Of Ceremonies, the late Don Cornelius Of Soul Train, before 'Freddie's Dead' from MFSB (containing some 35 members!), then it's a trio of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes songs in 'If You Don't Know Me By Now,' 'The Love I Lost, and 'I Miss You' - all featuring Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown, Lloyd Parks an Theodore Pendergrass, Jr.
Being that this is the first, and hopefully not the last collection from Legacy in the 40th anniversary celebration of Philadelphia International Records, there truly isn't a bad, filler of a song here. It continues with a duo from The Three Degrees in 'I Didn't Know' and 'Dirty Ol' Man' - both featuring Fayette Pinkney, Shirley Porter & Linda Turner, of course.
Next up is the blusterous 'T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia)' by MFSB and then a couple of classics from Billy Paul, the raw and powerful 'East' and the infamous chart mega hit, 'Me And Mrs. Jones.' In truth, Producers Rob Santos and Leo Sacks have created a high class package here for all listeners of beautiful music. Also, the 12-page black-and-white booklet offers a detailed essay by Ashley Kahn about that very special San Francisco evening, extensively drawing on interviews with Kenneth Gamble and others.
The CD comes to a close with four songs from The O'Jays - the always-classic 'Back Stabbers,' 'When The World's At Peace,' 'Sunshine' and as always featuring Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and William Powell, it comes to an end with the brilliant 'Love Train.'