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Smooth R&B (Philly Style) 1972-1978

Smooth R&B (Philly Style) 1972-1978

Playing tracks by

Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, The O'Jays, Billy Paul, Dee Dee Sharp Gamble and more.

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global pop chart, 1st in the global oldies chart and 5th in the global r&b chart.

This mix is dedicated to Professor Eddy ( https://www.mixcloud.com/Professor_Eddy/ ), who specializes in smooth mixes and who has said he appreciates the era of R&B that was transitioning from the older style to that of disco. That era would be roughly from 1974 to 1977. I've said before that that older style of R&B died in 1976, but that ain't necessarily so. It did, but there was less of it to be found. One of those places where it lived on for awhile was in Philadelphia; a city where music was more laid back; less razzle dazzle. This mix features nine songs from the year 1974 (out of the 19 total). It also features three tunes by The O'Jays, two by Lou Rawles, and two instrumentals by MFSB. By the way, the last O'Jay number used here (track 17) is the original version of "Now That We Found Love" from 1974.

Comments

Kent D. Keith

Love it !!

Fabio Murizzi

great set. I love Philly sound. Thanks

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thanks for your comment Fabio, I am glad that you enjoy it!

Fabio Murizzi

great set. I love hilly sound. Thanks

TMSG (TellMeSomThinGood)

My favorite label, PIR. You simply cannot go wrong with anything from Gamble, Huff and Co, the originators of smooth soul.

The Soul Preacher

Nice honey drippin’ dedication/collaboration. And a super classical opening. Lou was THE VOICE! He could -- almost effortlessly -- outsing Frank Sinatra. And that means something!

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thanks Soul Preacher for your comments, If this type of mix becomes a series, you can bet I'll have Lou's great voice featured again!

The Soul Preacher

Thanks! Eddy and I are big fans of Lou Rawls. I have 40 albums by him and just for your interest, there's an exciting new CD out with his very early recordings. The highlight on the double CD is a duet with Sam Cooke. An earlier recording to his famous Muscle Shoals session of "Bring It On Home". That CD is a must buy for you. It's called: "The Rarest Lou Rawls In The Beginning 1959 to 1962" on Jasmine Records.

Mixxer
Mixxer

Super-smoooooth, Retro Joe. And a tip of the hat to Thom Bell.

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thanks for your comment Mixxer, Funny you should mention Mr. Bell, since the only song to be dropped from the original of
this compilation was The Stylistics 1973 hit "Break Up to Make Up", which was penned by him and Linda Creed. However, I did include an early O'Jay's hit that he arranged, the very impressive "Back Stabbers" from 1972.

Master W
Master W

What an excellent set, and honorable tribute to the Prof! :)
Thx, Joe! Cheers, Werner

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

..and thank you Werner, for the compliments; glad I can be of service to all who are enjoying this mix!

Smoothmal
Smoothmal

This a lovely mix of some of my favourite R&B and Soul sounds of the 70's!!!

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thank you Elvisthepelvis; I am happy to dish out some tasty soulful stuff for you!

Aj Jones
Aj Jones

Cool......

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thanks Al Jones, My thought exactly when I saw that this mix made it to the #1 spot for the Oldies category here at mixcloud..

Zakiyyah
Zakiyyah

Wonderful music,enjoyed your set enough to follow.

RetroJoe
RetroJoe

Thank you for your comment Zakiyyah and that you chose to follow me. :)