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Tag: Philadelphia International Records

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings (1972-1975) (SoulMusic Records)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes created some of the most sophisticated Soul and R&B of the Seventies, as well as being the launchpad for legendary vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. This three-disc set collects all of their recorded work for Philadelphia International Records, and is a superb and essential collection.

Billy Paul: Me & Mrs. Jones: The Anthology (SoulMusic Records)

Philadelphia Soul man Billy Paul was equally at home singing socially conscious songs and songs about making sweet, sweet love. A new compilation explores both themes in detail, offering up some fine Philly Soul.

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.