The Best of Philadelphia International Records coming to vinyl
April 13, 2021 – Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is excited to announce two new upcoming vinyl compilations to be released as part of their yearlong 50th anniversary celebrations for the legendary Philadelphia International Records!
‘The Best of Philadelphia International Records,’ a 12-track compilation featuring classic hits from iconic label artists such as “Love Train” from The O’Jays, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” from Lou Rawls and “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” from McFadden & Whitehead, will be released digitally and physically on vinyl, including a Walmart exclusive Hot Pink edition, on May 28, with physical pre-orders to begin April 13: https://PIR.lnk.to/BestofPR
‘THE BEST OF PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS’ Track Listing:
1. BACK STABBERS – THE O’JAYS
2. THE LOVE I LOST (Part 1) – HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES FEATURING TEDDY PENDERGRASS
3. ME AND MRS. JONES – BILLY PAUL
4. WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN – THE THREE DEGREES
5. YOU’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE – LOU RAWLS
6. T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) – MFSB (FEATURING THE THREE DEGREES)
7. AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW – MCFADDEN & WHITEHEAD
8. IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW – HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES FEATURING TEDDY PENDERGRASS
9. I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA (Part 1) – THE INTRUDERS
10. LOVE TRAIN – THE O’JAYS
11. CLOSE THE DOOR – TEDDY PENDERGRASS
12. IF ONLY YOU KNEW – PATTI LABELLE
‘Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia Live 1973’ will be released on vinyl for the first time on June 12 for Record Store Day. The album captures the first and only time the stars of Philadelphia International Records including Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The O’Jays, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul performed in concert with the label’s house band, MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother), showcasing what would become the Sound of Philadelphia — affectionately known as T.S.O.P. The concert took place in San Francisco during the annual CBS Records convention at the Fairmont Hotel in September 1973.
Additionally, Snapper Music-United Souls in conjunction with Legacy Recordings will release a series of limited edition 8-CD sets throughout the year celebrating the 50th Anniversary of PIR starting with Volume 1 – ‘Get On Board The Soul Train’ out May 28.– fans can pre-order here: https://UnitedSouls.lnk.to/PhiladelphiaVol1
The groundbreaking label, founded in 1971 by innovative and prolific songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the sophisticated Philly Soul sound also known as “The Sound of Philadelphia.” The duo amassed an extraordinary array of producers, songwriters, musicians and engineers including Thom Bell, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB, Joe Tarsia and more to help craft some of the most memorable lyrics and melodies of the past five decades. The legendary roster of music stars who helped bring these chart-topping disco, R&B, soul and funk sounds to life included The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, McFadden & Whitehead, The Three Degrees, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, The Intruders and many others.
For updates on more anniversary news and releases, fans can visit www.SoundOfPhiladelphia.com and on Facebook or Instagram @soundofphiladelphia