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Philly Soul Sixties - the XY Factor

Philly Soul Sixties - the XY Factor

Playing tracks by

The Vibrations, The Tams, The Blue Notes, The Utopians, Jimmy Dee & The Universals and more.

Returning to Philadelphia in the (primarily) early Sixties and focusing this time on some of the male solo artists and vocal groups who were either based in the city or recorded on its labels. Foremost amongst those labels was Red Top Records which is chiefly known for cutting tracks by male harmony groups like The Blue Notes (pre Harold Melvin), The Ivytones and The Quintones. Alongside some of those tracks this set has outings from better known solo artists like the mighty Solomon Burke, Jerry Butler, Chubby Checker and Eddie Holman including some that made it on to the Northern Soul playlists. My favourite cut here is "Love In Them There Hills" by the Vibrations which is essentially a template for country-funk. Jimmy McGriff's instrumental version of Ray Charles' "I've Got A Woman" finishes things off in rousing style.