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Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB

Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB



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Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB is an extensive, 16-track career summary for Philadelphia soul's greatest instrumental outfit. Despite all the strings and horns coloring its orchestrations, MFSB managed to remain fairly funky, and along with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, the band's early work helped create the instrumental blueprint for disco. Love Is the Message illustrates that MFSB crossed the line between smooth instrumental soul and disco quite often, even despite the fact that it's missing quite a few of the band's most popular disco cuts -- "Let's Go Disco," "Get Down With the Philly Sound," "Zip," "K-Jee," "Picnic in the Park," and "Summertime and I'm Feelin' Mellow" all earned substantial club/dance play, but are nowhere to be found here. Despite that bit of revisionist history, Love Is the Message does make for a fine overview of the band's more soulful outings. "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)," the title track, "Sexy," "My One and Only Love," and "T.L.C. (Tender Lovin' Care)" were all among the group's most popular cuts, and they're all present, as are covers of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead," the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers," and Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom." Even if Love Is the Message isn't quite complete, though, it does accurately summarize how MFSB defined the sound of Philly soul, and it's really all that most fans will need.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/1995
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646668924
catalogNumber: 66689
Rank: 108860


  1. Interlude, Pt. 1
  2. Love Is the Message
  3. Poinciana
  4. Freddie's Dead
  5. My One and Only Love
  6. Sexy
  7. Something for Nothing
  8. Zack's Fanfare (I Hear Music)
  9. Back Stabbers
  10. Bitter Sweet
  11. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)
  12. Cheaper to Keep Her
  13. My Mood
  14. T. L. C. (Tender Lovin' Care)
  15. Philadelphia Freedom
  16. Smile Happy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MFSB   Primary Artist
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Karl Chambers   Drums
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Don Renaldo   Strings,Horn
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Norman Farrington   Drums
Eddie Green   Piano
Norman Harris   Guitar
Leon Huff   Electric Piano
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Vince Montana   Vibes
Lenny Pakula   Organ
T.J. Tindall   Guitar
Larry Washington   Bongos,Conga
Harold "Ivory" Williams   Piano
James Calvin Wilsey   Flute,Saxophone
Earl Young   Drums
Zach Zachary   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Ron Baker   Bass
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Eddie Green   Piano
Toni Williams   Flute,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Dexter Wansel   Arranger
Thom Bell   Arranger
Don Renaldo   Contributor
Jack Faith   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Gamble   Producer
Leon Huff   Producer
Vince Montana   Arranger,Producer
Lenny Pakula   Arranger
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Richard Torres   Liner Notes,Essay
Zach Zachary   Arranger
Tony Sellari   Art Direction
Tony Martell   Executive Producer
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Producer
Zach Zachary   Composer

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