When Legacy put together The Essential Teddy Pendergrass
for release in 2007, four years had come and gone since the Philly soul singer's hits had last been anthologized in double-disc form. So, is this really all that necessary? Yes, it is completely necessary. Unlike 2003's Anthology
, released through The Right Stuff, The Essential Teddy Pendergrass
does not cut off just prior to TP
's mid-'80s switch from Philadelphia International to Elektra/Asylum. This means that later R&B number ones "Joy" and "It Should've Been You," along with the 1984 Whitney Houston
duet "Hold Me" (number five), are all included -- but this is at the expense of some of TP's lower-charting singles from the earlier years, which are squeezed out. Regardless, due its greater breadth, it is the more attractive set of the two. William C. Rhoden
, who was a jazz critic and editor at Ebony prior to becoming a well-known sports columnist and author, penned the liner notes.