Yesterday's Sounds Today


William DeVaughn, “Be Thankful For What You Got”

The unlikeliest candidate for releasing a hit single did just that in 1974, resulting in a one-and-done R&B smash hit that was easily one of the best songs of the decade.

Dexter Wansel: Stargazer: The Philadelphia International Records Anthology 1976-1980 (Big Break)

Synth wizard Dexter Wansel played around with astronaut imagery and outer space themes, but as heard on this compilation of his four solo albums for PIR, his music was definitely from outer space.

MFSB: Universal Love (Big Break Records)

The Philly-based MFSB had conquered the charts in 1974 with their hit, “TSOP.” This, their follow-up, carried on the band’s growing legacy of enjoyable, groove-laden instrumental music.