Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia

Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia



Sony/Legacy's 2008 four-disc Love Train: The Ultimate Sound of Philadelphia isn't the first box set assembled on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's legendary Philadelphia International Records -- most notably it follows the triple-disc Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) by just over a decade -- but it is surely the best, covering more ground and painting a fuller picture of the Philly soul sound than any other similar compilation. This is largely due to how Love Train doesn't focus solely on singles released on Philadelphia International: it encompasses sides released on early, pre-PIR imprints like Crimson, Philly Groove, and Gamble but, more importantly, it weaves in outside productions by Gamble & Huff and their crucial partner Thom Bell. Adding all these non-PIR singles greatly expands Love Train, as does the decision to have this set run all the way into 1983, thereby emphasizing how Gamble & Huff's symphonic soul opened the doors for both disco and quiet storm. Part of the set's appeal is that it does offer some education, illustrating how the psychedelicized soul of 1967's "Expressway (To Your Heart)" led to the cool, soft grooves of 1980's "Love T.K.O.," a document of how rich and adventurous '70s soul was thanks to Gamble & Huff and Bell, and all their artists and associates, but this set never drags like a history lesson. It keeps moving from peak to peak, spending the first disc on early triumphs from the Delfonics ("La-La -- Means I Love You," "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)"), Joe Simon ("Drowning in the Sea of Love"), the O'Jays ("Back Stabbers"), the Spinners ("I'll Be Around"), Billy Paul ("Me and Mrs. Jones") and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes ("If You Don't Know Me by Now"), the songs that established the Philly Sound, then giving way to the glory days documented on the second disc, which opens with the O'Jays' "Love Train" and closes with "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)," the singles that helped cement the Philly sound on a broader scale. The third disc finds Gamble & Huff and Bell expanding their lush signature, ushering in disco with singles like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way," then the fourth disc charts the aftermath through the Spinners' "The Rubberband Man," Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mind," and Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle." Although there are assorted lesser-known singles scattered throughout the box, this is by design hits-heavy, which is how it should be, as this showcases a body of work -- and as this superb set proves, Gamble & Huff's body of work ranks among the strongest popular music of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886973527924
catalogNumber: 735279


Disc 1

  1. Expressway (To Your Heart)
  2. La-La - Means I Love You
  3. Cowboys to Girls
  4. Hey, Western Union Man
  5. Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)
  6. Only the Strong Survive
  7. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
  8. Brand New Me
  9. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
  10. You're the Reason Why
  11. Drowning in the Sea of Love
  12. I'm Stone in Love with You
  13. I Miss You
  14. Back Stabbers
  15. Sunshine
  16. I'll Be Around
  17. Slow Motion, Pt. 1
  18. Me and Mrs. Jones
  19. If You Don't Know Me by Now
  20. Love Is Here

Disc 2

  1. Love Train
  2. Break Up to Make Up
  3. Family Affair
  4. It's Forever
  5. Time to Get Down
  6. There's No Me Without You
  7. I'll Always Love My Mama
  8. The Love I Lost
  9. I Wanna Know Your Name
  10. Dirty Ol' Man
  11. Put Your Hands Together
  12. Thanks for Saving My Life
  13. Mighty Love
  14. Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1
  15. For the Love of Money
  16. Where Do We Go from Here
  17. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

Disc 3

  1. Then Came You
  2. Love Is the Message
  3. When Will I See You Again
  4. Where Are All My Friends
  5. Picture Us
  6. Bad Luck
  7. Give the People What They Want
  8. Billy's Back Home
  9. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
  10. Do It Any Way You Wanna
  11. The Big Hurt
  12. Let Me Make Love to You
  13. Wake Up Everybody
  14. I Love Music
  15. Don't Leave Me This Way
  16. Let's Groove
  17. Livin' for the Weekend

Disc 4

  1. Kiss and Say Goodbye
  2. I'm Not in Love
  3. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
  4. The Rubberband Man
  5. Enjoy Yourself
  6. Free Love
  7. I Don't Love You Anymore
  8. See You When I Git There
  9. Use Ta Be My Girl
  10. Close the Door
  11. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
  12. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
  13. Hurry Up This Way Again
  14. Love T.K.O.
  15. I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
  16. It's Gonna Take a Miracle
  17. If Only You Knew

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Ingram   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Michael Jackson   Vocals
Harold Melvin   Vocals
Teddy Pendergrass   Vocals
Gerald Alston   Vocals
Archie Bell   Vocals
James King   Vocals
Bunny Sigler   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Dexter Wansel   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Keyboards,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
Terri Wells   Background Vocals
Philippe Wynne   Vocals
Marlon Jackson   Vocals
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Jackie Jackson   Vocals
Roger Andrews   Bass,Vocals
Thom Bell   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Interviewee
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Cynthia Biggs   Percussion,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
Victor Carstarphen   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Karl Chambers   Drums
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Jerry Cohen   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
T.G. Conway   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Kenneth Crew   Background Vocals
David Cruse   Percussion,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
Eugene Lambchops Curry   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ugene Dozier   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Don Renaldo   Strings
James Dunn   Vocals
Raymond Earl   Bass
Robert Edwards   Vocals
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Henry Fambrough   Vocals
Norman Farrington   Drums
Guy Fiske   Guitar,Vocals
Donald Ford   Vocals
Michael Foreman   Bass
Miguel Fuentes   Percussion,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
Kenny Gamble   Interviewee
Derrick Graves   Bass
Bruce Gray   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Eddie Green   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Dennis Harris   Guitar,Vocals
Norman Harris   Guitar
Wilbert Hart   Vocals
William "Poogie" Hart   Vocals
Bruce Hawes   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jim Helmer   Drums
Leon Huff   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Interviewee
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Bass
Pervis Jackson   Vocals
Randy Jackson   Vocals
Tito Jackson   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie James   Guitar
Joseph B. Jefferson   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Valorie Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Darnell Jordan   Guitar,Vocals
Quinton Joseph   Drums
Tom Kennery   Guitar
Ron Kersey   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Eddie Levert   Vocals
Theodore Life   Guitar
Airrion Love   Vocals
Gene McFadden   Vocals
Harry McGilberry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vince Montana   Vibes
Larry Moore   Bass
Herb Murrell   Vocals
Lenny Pakula   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Lloyd Parks   Vocals
William Powell   Vocals
Sam Reed   Horn
Richard Rome   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jimmy Sigler   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
James Herb Smith   Guitar,Background Vocals
Phil Terry   Vocals
Russell Thompkins   Vocals
Dave Thompson   Vocals
David Thompson   Drums
T.J. Tindall   Guitar
Robert Upchurch   Vocals
Harold Wade   Vocals
Stanley Wade   Vocals
Larry Washington   Percussion,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
John Whitehead   Vocals
Walter Williams   Vocals
Earl Young   Drums,Vocals
David Bay   Guitar
James Mendell   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jon Hart   Vocals
Edward Moore   Guitar
David Beasley   Vocals
Edward "Sonny" Bivins   Vocals
William Bloom   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Kenneth "Wally" Kelly   Vocals
Cotton Kent   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jon King   Vocals,Background Vocals
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Vocals
Bobbie Smith   Vocals
James Tuten   Vocals
Clarence Vaughn   Vocals
Lee Bell   Vocals
Randy Cain   Vocals
Jerry Cummings   Vocals
Ritchie Daniels   Vocals
Eugene Daughtry   Vocals
Billy Henderson   Vocals
Charles Ingui   Vocals
Richard Ingui   Vocals
Kenny Jeremiah   Vocals
Willie Parnell   Vocals
Fayette Pinkney   Vocals
Shirley Porter   Vocals
Sam Strain   Vocals
Linda Turner   Vocals
Bernard Wilson   Vocals
James Wise   Vocals
Charlie Collins   Drums
Scott Miller   Drums
Keith Benson   Drums
Shirley Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Harold Williams   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Bobby Martin   Vibes
Michael Thompson   Drums,Vocals
Philip T. Pugh   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Frankie Brunson   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Win Wilford   Bass
Steve Green   Bass
Brenda Lee Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Herb Johnson & The Impacts   Background Vocals
James "Hal" Smith   Vocals
Doc Wade   Guitar
III Sam Brown   Vocals
Richard Taylor   Vocals
Kim Miller   Guitar
Frank Washington   Vocals
Bob Conga   Percussion,Bongos,Celeste,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Timpani,Orchestra Bells
Jimmy "Rashid" Williams   Bass
David Jones & the Revels Chorus   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Jimmy Ellis   Vocals
Nick Dimico   Vibes
Dennis Dozier   Guitar
John Hart   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Andrew Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Phil Hurtt   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dexter Wansel   Arranger,Composer,Producer
William DeVaughn   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Cynthia Biggs   Producer
Bruce Bluestein   Engineer
Micaela Boland   Art Direction
Victor Carstarphen   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roland Chambers   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Ugene Dozier   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bill Dorman   Engineer
Bobby Eli   Essay
Jack Faith   Arranger
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer,Author
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Norman Harris   Arranger
John Hudson   Packaging
Leon Huff   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Author
Peter Humphreys   Engineer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Joe McEwen   Producer,Essay
Gene McFadden   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James "Sing" Miller   Essay
Vince Montana   Arranger
Don Murray   Engineer
Lenny Pakula   Arranger
Kenny Present   Engineer
Rocky Schnaars   Engineer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
John Whitehead   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Wayne Wilfong   Engineer
Cecil Womack   Producer
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
Leo Sacks   Producer,Interviewer,Essay
Mike Tarsia   Engineer
Staff   Producer
Brian Chin   Essay
John L. Usry   Arranger
Jeffrey Stewart   Engineer
Felix Hernandez   Essay
Mike Spritz   Engineer
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Producer
Russell Hall   Interviewer
Frankie Brunson   Arranger
Gerald Early   Essay
R.L. Martin   Composer
Maurice Bottomley   Essay
Lynell George   Essay
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
rockybudgeboa More than 1 year ago
Just received this set today and I JUST LOVE IT. Amazing sound and great liner notes and a must have for fans of the Philly Sound. Only problem I have with the set was the glue holding the CD case in seperated in shipping to me but I fixed it, another problem is why can't they put full versions of some of the songs on here? Like the full Love Train and I Love Music. Two brilliant songs. Indeed. Overall, you wont be disappointed, but do be careful the CDS dont arrive damaged.
johns87 More than 1 year ago
This is a must have if you like the Motown music of the 70's. These classics will always be favorites.
The remake of these songs on these cds is unmatched with anything I have heard before.
This is real music.
You got to get this set! Great booklet with wonderful pictures.
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