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Put Your Hands Together: Massive 10-CD Philadelphia International Box Due [UPDATED]

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Philadelphia International Records has turned 40, and you’re invited to the party!

Sony’s Legacy Recordings thrilled fans earlier this year with the archival release of Golden Gate Groove, a Don Cornelius-hosted concert that brought together many of the label’s biggest and brightest stars, from the O’Jays to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass.  The folks across the pond at the Harmless label have already dropped Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits, with 21 tracks on 2 CDs from DJs like Todd Terje (Dee Dee Sharp Gamble’s “Easy Money”) and Tim McAllister (Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ “Be For Real”), and next week sees the 4-CD box Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes.  This treasure trove from the father of the 12-inch mix offers the original seven Moulton tracks from the Philadelphia Classics LP, plus seven rare remixes and sixteen brand-new tracks created by Moulton especially for this set.  But these projects are just the tip of the iceberg where the celebration of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s storied label is concerned.

April 9 May 21 is the current date for the Philadelphia International 40th Anniversary Box Set.  The title may be simple, but the music certainly isn’t.  For this 10-CD box set, compilation producer Ralph Tee has created a non-chronological cross-section of the label’s releases between 1971 and 1995 placing emphasis on both hits and rarities.  Tee, the man behind 1986’s 14-LP Philadelphia International box set, has brought under one package over 13-1/2 hours of music from familiar names like Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees and The Jacksons, as well as cuts from Dick Jensen, Bobby Bennett, Robert Upchurch, Derek & Cyndi, Elliot Hoffman and other names not nearly as recognizable.  Also included within the package will be a 60-page full-size booklet containing sleeve notes and track details from Tee, the author of Who’s Who In Soul Music) while David Grimes offers the first-ever comprehensive discography of all U.S. releases from Philadelphia International and its related labels like Gamble and Golden Fleece.

Hit the jump for more details on this tremendous project including a full track listing (as sourced from SpinCDs and numerous other sites) with exhaustive discography and a pre-order link!

Though this is certainly the largest appreciation of the Gamble and Huff oeuvre in the CD era, it’s not the first box set to cover the label.  The 1997 3-CD Legacy box The Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love (1966-1976) covered the seminal early period of Philadelphia International but also the duo’s work shaping the sound at other labels.  Hence, the box included cuts from non-PIR artists like Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett and Laura Nyro, all of whom were recipients of Gamble and Huff’s production largesse.  Legacy trumped its own box with the landmark 2008 release Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia, a four-CD set.  Love Train, while still largely drawn from the PIR catalogue, not only spotlighted the work of Gamble and Huff but the other producers, musicians and arrangers based at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound, including Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, Vince Montana, Bobby Eli and most notably the third part of the Mighty Three triangle, Thom Bell.  Hence, Bell’s productions for The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick and Deniece Williams finally sat alongside his work at Gamble and Huff’s PIR.

The Philadelphia International 40th Anniversary Box Set, naturally, excludes all of the non-PIR material from the previous boxes, although there’s still plenty of production and arrangements from Thom Bell and those other hallowed names who worked with Gamble and Huff to create “The Sound of Philadelphia.”  Harmless is promising a year-long campaign devoted to the label, including a potentially exciting Roots of PIR CD/DVD set exploring Gamble and Huff’s work in the late 1960s before they started their seminal label.  (Hopefully some all-Thom Bell anthologies will be on the way, too!)  The Roots of PIR is currently scheduled for May 21 per Amazon U.K.’s listing but this could change.  Kenny Gamble has even been consulting with Harmless on these projects.  Watch this space for all of the details as the celebration continues, but in the meantime, you can pre-order The 40th Anniversary Box Set below.  It’s due for U.K. release on May 21!

And don’t forget to sound off below: which neglected PIR titles would you like to see arrive for the 40th anniversary, whether from U.K. licensee Harmless or the U.S.’ own Sony/Legacy?  Let us know!  One thing is for sure: the love train will be making a stop near you during 2012!

Various Artists, Philadelphia International Records 40th Anniversary Box (Harmless, 2012)

CD 1

  1. Zach’s Fanfare – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 1.00)
  2. K-Jee – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 4.09)
  3. T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) – M.F.S.B. feat The Three Degrees (Original Single Version 3:35)
  4. Message In The Music – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 3.22)
  5. Sexy – M.F.S.B. (Original Single Version 3:17)
  6. Let’s Groove – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Single Version 3.06)
  7. Backstabbers – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 2:59)
  8. The Love I Lost – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Single Version 3.35)
  9. When Will I See You Again – The Three Degrees (Original Single Version 2:54)
  10. I Love Music – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 6:43)
  11. I’ll Always Love My Mama – The Intruders (Original Single Version 3.14)
  12. Year Of Decision – The Three Degrees (Original Single Version 2:34)
  13. The Soul City Walk – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Single Version 3.13)
  14. Bad Luck – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Album Version 6.29)
  15. Do It Any Way You Wanna – People’s Choice (Original Single Version 3:11)
  16. Philly Jump – Instant Funk (Original Album Version 5.01)
  17. Take Good Care Of Yourself – The Three Degrees (Original Single Version 3.17)
  18. Love Is The Message – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 6.22)
  19. Show You The Way To Go – The Jacksons (Original Single Version 3.22)
  20. Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4:17)

CD 2

  1. Win Place or Show (She’s A Winner) – The Intruders (Original Single Version 2.20)
  2. 992 Arguments – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 2.20)
  3. Dirty Ol’ Man – The Three Degrees (Original Single Version 3.10)
  4. Satisfaction Guaranteed Or Take Your Love Back – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Single Version 3.20)
  5. Love Train – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 6.04)
  6. Get Down With The Philly Sound – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 4.31)
  7. Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long) – People’s Choice (Original Album Version 3.32)
  8. A Nice Girl Like You – The Intruders (Original Album Version 3.30)
  9. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Single Version 3:17)
  10. Me & Mrs Jones – Billy Paul (Original Single Version 4.37)
  11. Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Single Version 3.39)
  12. For The Love Of Money – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 3:45)
  13. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Album Version 6.08)
  14. Livin’ For The Weekend – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 2.50)
  15. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 4:28)

CD 3

  1. You’re The Reason Why – The Ebonys (Original Single Version 3.04)
  2. Days Go By – Bobby Bennett (Original Single Version 2.32)
  3. New York City’s A Lonely Town – Dick Jensen (Original Album Version 3.11)
  4. Stop And Think – The Trammps (Original Single Version 3.02)
  5. One Day Of Peace – Love Committee (Original Single Version 2.49)
  6. The Devil Made Me Do It – Robert Upchurch (Original Single Version 3.23)
  7. Who In The World – The Ethics (Original Single Version 4.02)
  8. Love Don’t Rub Off – Johnny Williams (Original Single Version 3:13)
  9. Don’t Be So Mean – Talk Of The Town (Feat John & Gene) (Original Single Version 2:49)
  10. Just Got To Be More Careful – Carolyn Crawford (Original Single Version 3:23)
  11. Do You Like The Way I Love You – The Ebonys (Original Single Version 3:06)
  12. Never Let You Get Away From Me – Anthony White Extended Single Version 4.36)
  13. I’m A Changed Person – Kaleidoscope (Original Single Version 3.13)
  14. If You Move, You Lose – Carolyn Crawford (Original Single Version 2.51)
  15. We’re Not Getting Any Younger – Kaleidoscope (Original Single Version 3.00)
  16. On The Ladder Up To Love – Derek & Cyndi (Original Single Version 3.48)
  17. Good & Plenty – Carolyn Crawford (Original Album Version 2:35)
  18. You Bring Out The Best In Me – Derek & Cyndi (Original Single Version 4:35)
  19. Another World – Elliot Hoffman (Original Single Version 3:09)
  20. It’s Forever – The Ebonys (Original Single Version 4:27)
  21. To Be Happy Is The Real Thing – The Intruders (Original Album Version 3:28)
  22. What It Takes – The Soul Survivors (Original Album Version 3:28)
  23. Love Is Real – City Limits (Original Album Version 3:28)

CD 4

  1. Where Are All My Friends – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Single Version 3:15)
  2. Free Love – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 4:11)
  3. Let Life Flow – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4:31)
  4. It’s Hard Not To Like You – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Album Version 4:02)
  5. Everyone’s A Star – The Intruders (Original Album Version 5:33)
  6. Summertime And I’m Feeling Mellow – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 4.00)
  7. Hey Baby 2:48 – Anthony White (Original Single Version)
  8. Your Love Is Good – Bunny Sigler (Original Album Version 2:53)
  9. The Whole Town’s Talking – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 4:48)
  10. So Glad I’m The One – Instant Funk (Original Album Version 3:19)
  11. If You Wanna Go Back – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 3:24)
  12. People Power – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 4:19)
  13. Keep On Lovin’ You – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Original Album Version 3:42)
  14. Yes You Need Love – Anthony White (Original Album Version 3:36)
  15. Nobody Could Take Your Place – Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (Original Album Version 5:01)
  16. Party Time Man – The Futures (Original Album Version 5:13)
  17. Keep Smilin’ – Bunny Sigler (Original Album Version 5:56)
  18. It Ain’t Reggae (But It’s Funky) – Instant Funk (Original Album Version 3:38)

CD 5

  1. The Whole Town’s Laughing At Me – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4:18)
  2. Let’s Make A Baby – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 3:39)
  3. Now That We Found Love – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4:30)
  4. Blues Away – The Jacksons (Original Album Version 3:13)
  5. I Believe In Love – Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (Original Album Version 4.00)
  6. Easy, Easy, Got To Take It Easy – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4.56)
  7. I’m In Love Once Again – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 5.54)
  8. Use Ta Be My Girl – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 3.55)
  9. Strength Of One Man – The Jacksons (Original Album Version 3:57)
  10. See You When I Git There – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 4.29)
  11. I Bet She Won’t Love You Like I Do – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 3:18)
  12. Come On And Dance Dance Dance – Bunny Sigler (Original Album Version 5.23)
  13. This Feeling Is Killing Me – The Jones Girls (Extended Single Version)
  14. Let ‘Em In – Billy Paul (Original Single Version 3.25)
  15. Picture Us – Bunny Sigler (Original Album Version 2.34)
  16. Life Goes On – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4:31)
  17. Lady Love – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 4:03)
  18. Where Will You Go When The Party’s Over? – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Album Version 4:07)

CD 6

  1. The More I Get, The More I Want – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4.28)
  2. Stop And Think It Over – Anthony White (Original Album Version 4.24)
  3. Living Together – The Jacksons (Original Album Version 4.27)
  4. (No, No) You Can’t Come Back Now – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 2.29)
  5. You Can’t Hide From Yourself – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4.08)
  6. (I’m Just Thinking About) Cooling Out – Jerry Butler (Original Single Version 3.35)
  7. Only The Strong Survive – Billy Paul (Original Single Version 3:29)
  8. Use Ta Be My Guy – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 3.32)
  9. I Don’t Love You Anymore – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4.00)
  10. To Prove I Love You – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4.12)
  11. Things Are Gonna Get Better – Bunny Sigler (Original Album Version 2.58)
  12. Not The Staying Kind – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 3.54)
  13. Holdin’ On – Dexter Wansel (Original Album Version 4.54)
  14. Don’t Let Love Get You Down – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Album Version 4.21)
  15. Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto – The Philadelphia All Stars (Original Album Version 4.46)
  16. You’re Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4.34)
  17. What’s The Matter With The World? – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 5.58)
  18. When Somebody Loves You Back – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4.59)

CD 7

  1. Life On Mars – Dexter Wansel (Original Album Version 5.53)
  2. Sonceré (The Infinite Hour Glass) – Michael Pedicin Jr. (Original Album Version 6.26)
  3. Tight Money – Leon Huff (Original Album Version 4.38)
  4. Compared To What – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 5.21)
  5. For The Love of Money – Thad Jones & Mel Lewis (Original Album Version 4.09)
  6. Something For Nothing – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 3.00)
  7. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) – Patti LaBelle (Original Album Version 4.09)
  8. Manhattan Skyline – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 4.49)
  9. In Good Faith – Norman Harris (Original Album Version 5.15)
  10. Reality – Monk Montgomery (Original Album Version 5.32)
  11. Forever With You – Phyllis Hyman (Original Album Version 4.20)
  12. My Favourite Person – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4.17)
  13. I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’ – Leon Huff (Original Album Version 5.57)
  14. Intro-Love Don’t Come Easy – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 5.09)
  15. Mysteries of the World – M.F.S.B. (Original Album Version 5.31)
  16. Theme from The Planets – Dexter Wansel (Original Album Version 4.53)
  17. Malorie – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 3.40)
  18. Set A Little Trap – Phyllis Hyman (Original Album Version 4.20)

CD 8

  1. Come Go With Me – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 5.51)
  2. Don’t Let It Go To Your Head – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 4.53)
  3. Mine All Mine – The Stylistics (Original Album Version 4.53)
  4. I’m In Love Again – Patti LaBelle (Original Album Version 5.41)
  5. Brandy – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4.06)
  6. The Sweetest Pain – Dexter Wansel (Original Album Version 5.45)
  7. Ain’t No Time Fa Nothing – The Futures (Original Album Version 5.31)
  8. When I’m Gone – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4.53)
  9. Turn Off The Lights – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 5.58)
  10. I Can’t Stop (Turning You On) – Silk (Original Album Version 4.00)
  11. Sooner Or Later – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 5.36)
  12. I’ve Been Pushed Aside – McFadden & Whitehead (Original Album Version 5.14)
  13. We Got Some Catchin’ Up To Do – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 5.04)
  14. Maybe It’s Love This Time – The Stylistics (Original Album Version 4.11
  15. Who Can I Run To (Ext Mix) – The Jones Girls (Original 12” Extended Mix 4.56)
  16. Close The Door – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 3.37)
  17. Children Of The Night – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 5.13)
  18. (You’re The One) Someone Special – The Futures (Original Album Version 4.17)

CD 9

  1. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead (Original Album Version 6.07)
  2. Was That All It Was – Jean Carn (Original 12” Mix 6.29)
  3. Bring The Family Back – Billy Paul (Original Album Version 5:02)
  4. Nights Over Egypt – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4.43)
  5. Only You – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 3:35)
  6. Put Our Heads Together – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 5:43)
  7. Keep It Comin’ – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4:52)
  8. I Heard It In A Love Song – McFadden & Whitehead (Original Album Version 5:15)
  9. The Spirit’s In It – Patti LaBelle (Original Album Version 5:52)
  10. Strut Your Funky Stuff – Frantique (Original Single Version 3:00)
  11. What’s Your Name – The Stylistics (Original Album Version 4:55)
  12. Dance Turned Into Romance – The Jones Girls (Original Album Version 4:31)
  13. Strategy – Archie Bell & The Drells (Original Album Version 6:58)
  14. I Love You Anyway – Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (Original Album Version 4:32)
  15. Love T.K.O. – Teddy Pendergrass (Original Album Version 4:59)
  16. Bet Your Lucky Star – Jean Carn (Original Album Version 4:53)
  17. Let Me Be Good To You – Lou Rawls (Original Album Version 5:29)

CD 10

  1. Love You Direct – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 3:57)
  2. Ain’t You Had Enough Love – Phyllis Hyman (Original Album Version 4:17)
  3. Somebody’s Gotta Move – The Dells (Original Album Version 5:09)
  4. Do You Get Enough Love – Shirley Jones (Original Album Version 4:39)
  5. First Time Together – Phyllis Hyman (Original Album Version 4:07)
  6. I Can’t Forget You – Patti LaBelle (Original Album Version 4:33)
  7. Hurry Up This Way Again – The Stylistics (Original Album Version 5:56)
  8. Easy Money – Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (Original Album Version 4:06)
  9. Summer Fling – The O’Jays (Original Album Version 4:53)
  10. This Too Shall Pass – Phyllis Hyman (Original Album Version 5:29)
  11. Baby Don’t Go Away Mad – The Dells (Original Album Version 4:41)
  12. She Knew About Me – Shirley Jones (Original Album Version 4:35)
  13. If Only You Knew – Patti LaBelle (Original Album Version 4:44)
  14. Extraordinary Girl – The O’Jays (Original Single Version 3:36)
  15. Heaven Only Knows – Teddy Pendergrass – (Original Album Version 4:13)
  16. Baby Don’t Go, Yet – The Jones Girls – (Original Single Version 5:23)

CD 1, Tracks 1 & 18 from MFSB, Love is the Message (KZ/ZQ 32707, 1973)
CD 1, Track 2 from MFSB, Universal Love (PZ 33158, 1975)
CD 1, Track 3 from single 3540, 1974
CD 1, Track 4 from single 4598, 1976
CD 1, Track 5 from single 3381, 1975
CD 1, Track 6 from TSOP single 4775, 1976
CD 1, Track 7 from single 3517, 1972
CD 1, Track 8 from single 3533, 1973
CD 1, Track 9 from single 3550, 1974
CD 1, Track 10 from O’Jays, Family Reunion (PZ/PZQ 33807, 1975)
CD 1, Track 11 from Gamble single 2506, 1973
CD 1, Track 12 from single 2073, 1974
CD 1, Track 13 from single 3852, 1975
CD 1, Track 14 from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, To Be True (KZ/PZ 33148, 1975)
CD 1, Track 15 from TSOP single 4769, 1975
CD 1, Track 16 and CD 4, Track 18 from Instant Funk, Get Down with the Philly Jump (PZ 34358, 1976)
CD 1, Track 17 from single 3177, 1975
CD 1, Track 19 from Epic single 8-50350, 1976
CD 1, Track 20 and CD 4, Track 3 from O’Jays, Message in the Music (PZ 34245, 1976)
CD 2, Track 1 from Gamble single 4019, 1974
CD 2, Track 2 from single 3522, 1972
CD 2, Track 3 from single 3534, 1973
CD 2, Track 4 from single 2187, 1974
CD 2, Track 5 from O’Jays, Back Stabbers (KZ 31712, 1972)
CD 2, Track 6 from MFSB, Philadelphia Freedom (PZ/PZQ 33845, 1975)
CD 2, Track 7 from People’s Choice, We Got the Rhythm (TSOP PZ 34124, 1976)
CD 2, Track 8 and CD 4, Track 5 from The Intruders, Energy of Love (TSOP KZ 33149, 1974)
CD 2, Track 9 from single 3520, 1972
CD 2, Track 10 from single 3521, 1972
CD 2, Track 11 from single 3579, 1975
CD 2, Track 12 from single 3544, 1974
CD 2, Track 13 and CD 4, Track 13 from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Wake Up Everybody (PZ/PZQ 33808, 1975)
CD 2, Track 14 from single 4189, 1976
CD 2, Track 15 from Lou Rawls, All Things in Time (PZ 33957, 1976)
CD 3, Track 1 from single 3503, 1971
CD 3, Track 2 from single 3506, 1971
CD 3, Track 3 from Dick Jensen, Dick Jensen (KZ 31794, 1973)
CD 3, Track 4 from single 4102, 1976
CD 3, Track 5 from Golden Fleece single 3256, 1974
CD 3, Track 6 from single 2652, 1974
CD 3, Track 7 from Golden Fleece single 3252, 1974
CD 3, Track 8 from single 3502, 1971
CD 3, Track 9 from North Bay single NB 305, 1971
CD 3, Track 10 from single 3553, 1974
CD 3, Track 11 from single 3514, 1972
CD 3, Track 12 from single 3574, 1975
CD 3, Track 13 from single TSOP 4770, 1975
CD 3, Tracks 14 & 17 from single 3580, 1975
CD 3, Track 15 from TSOP single 4765, 1975
CD 3, Track 16 TBD
CD 3, Track 18 from single 2662, 1974
CD 3, Track 19 from single 4754, 1974
CD 3, Track 20 from single 3529, 1973
CD 3, Track 21 from The Intruders, Save the Children (ZX 31991, 1973)
CD 3, Track 22 from Soul Survivors, Soul Survivors (KZ 33186, 1974)
CD 3, Track 23 from City Limits, Circles (PZ 34110, 1976)
CD 4, Track 1 from single 2819, 1974
CD 4, Tracks 2 & 11 and CD 5, Track 7 from Jean Carn, Jean Carn (PZ 34394, 1977)
CD 4, Track 4 from Archie Bell and the Drells, Hard Not to Like It (PZ 34855, 1977)
CD 4, Track 6 from MFSB, Summertime (PZ 34238, 1976)
CD 4, Track 7 from single 3566, 1975
CD 4, Track 8, CD 5, Track 15 and CD 6, Track 11 from Bunny Sigler, That’s How I’ll Be Loving You (KZ 32859, 1974)
CD 4, Track 9 from Billy Paul, War of the Gods (KZ 32409, 1973)
CD 4, Track 10 from Instant Funk, Get Down with the Philly Jump (TSOP PZ 34358, 1976)
CD 4, Track 12, CD 5, Track 2 and CD 7, Track 17 from Billy Paul, When Love is New (PZ 33843, 1975)
CD 4, Track 14 and CD 6, Track 2 from Anthony White, Could It Be Magic (PZ 33841, 1976)
CD 4, Track 15 from Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, What Color is Love (PZ/AL 34437, 1977)
CD 4, Track 16 and CD 8, Tracks 7 & 18 from The Futures, Past, Present and Futures (JZ 35458, 1978)
CD 4, Track 17 from Bunny Sigler, Keep Smilin’ (KZ 33249, 1975)
CD 5, Tracks 1 & 6 and CD 6, Tracks 1, 5 & 9 from Teddy Pendergrass, Teddy Pendergrass (JZ 34390, 1977)
CD 5, Track 3 from O’Jays, Ship Ahoy (KZ/PZ/PZQ 32408, 1973)
CD 5, Tracks 4 & 9 and CD 6, Track 3 from The Jacksons, The Jacksons (JE/PE 34229. 1976)
CD 5, Track 8 from single 3642, 1978
CD 5, Track 10 from Lou Rawls, Unmistakably Lou (PZ 34488. 1978)
CD 5, Track 11, CD 6, Track 4 and CD 8, Track 2 from Jean Carn, Happy to Be with You (JZ 34986, 1978)
CD 5, Track 12 from Bunny Sigler, My Music (PZ 34267, 1976)
CD 5, Track 13 (original version), CD 8, Tracks 8 & 17 and CD 9, Track 12 from The Jones Girls, At Peace with Woman (JZ 36767, 1980)
CD 5, Track 14 from single 5143, 1976
CD 5, Track 16 and CD 6, Track 16 from The Jones Girls, The Jones Girls (JZ 35757, 1979)
CD 5, Track 17 and CD 6, Track 12 from Lou Rawls, When You Hear Lou, You’ve Heard It All (JZ 35036, 1977)
CD 5, Track 18 and CD 6, Track 14 from Archie Bell and the Drells, Where Will You Go When the Party’s Over (PZ 34323, 1976)
CD 6, Track 6 from single 3656, 1978
CD 6, Track 7 from single 5699, 1977
CD 6, Track 8 from MFSB, The Gamble-Huff Orchestra (JZ 35516, 1978)
CD 6, Track 10 from O’Jays, The Year 2000 (TSOP FZ 36416, 1980)
CD 6, Track 13 from Dexter Wansel, What the World is Coming To (PZ 34487, 1977)
CD 6, Track 15 from Let’s Clean Up the Ghetto (PZ 34659, 1977)
CD 6, Track 17 and CD 9, Track 17 from Lou Rawls, Let Me Be Good to You (JZ/PZ 36006, 1979)
CD 6, Track 18, CD 8, Track 16 and CD 9. Track 5 from Teddy Pendergrass, Life is a Song Worth Singing (JZ 35095, 1978)
CD 7, Track 1 from Dexter Wansel, Life on Mars (PZ 34079, 1976)
CD 7, Track 2 from Michael Pedicin Jr., Michael Pedicin Jr. (JZ 36007, 1979)
CD 7, Tracks 3 & 13 from Leon Huff, Here to Create Music (NJZ 36758, 1980)
CD 7, Track 4 from Billy Paul, Going East (KZ 30580, 1971)
CD 7, Track 5 from Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Potpourri (KZ 33152, 1975)
CD 7, Track 6 from MFSB, MFSB (KZ 32046, 1973)
CD 7, Track 7, CD 8, Track 4 and CD 10, Track 13 from Patti LaBelle, I’m in Love Again (FZ 38539, 1983)
CD 7, Tracks 8 & 15 from MFSB, Mysteries of the World (TSOP JZ 36405, 1980)
CD 7, Track 9 from Norman Harris, The Harris Machine (JZ 36313, 1980)
CD 7, Track 10 from Monk Montgomery, Reality (KZ 33153, 1974)
CD 7, Tracks 11 & 18 from Phyllis Hyman, Forever with You (30902, 1988)
CD 7, Track 12 from O’Jays, My Favorite Person (FZ 37999, 1982)
CD 7, Track 14 from Jean Carn, When I Find You Love (JZ 36196, 1979)
CD 7, Track 16 from Dexter Wansel, Life on Mars (PZ 34079, 1976)
CD 8, Tracks 1 & 9 from Teddy Pendergrass, Teddy (FZ 36003, 1979)
CD 8, Track 3 and CD 9, Track 11 from The Stylistics, Closer Than Close (TSOP FZ 37458, 1981)
CD 8, Track 5 from O’Jays, So Full of Love (JZ/PZ 35355, 1978)
CD 8, Track 6 from Dexter Wansel, Time is Slipping Away (JZ 36024, 1979)
CD 8, Track 10 from Silk, Midnight Dancer (JZ 36025, 1979)
CD 8, Track 11 from Billy Paul, Only the Strong Survive (PZ 34923, 1977)
CD 8, Track 12 and CD 9, Track 1 from McFadden and Whitehead, McFadden and Whitehead (JZ 35800, 1979)
CD 8, Track 13 and CD 9, Track 16 from Jean Carn, Sweet and Wonderful (FZ 36775, 1981)
CD 8, Track 14 and CD 10, Track 7 from The Stylistics, Hurry Up This Way Again (TSOP JZ 36470, 1980)
CD 8, Track 15 from 12-inch single 2Z8-3682, 1979
CD 9, Track 2 from 12-inch single 4Z8-3103, 1979
CD 9, Track 3 from Billy Paul, First Class (JZ 35756, 1979)
CD 9, Track 4 from The Jones Girls, Get As Much Love As You Can (FZ 37627, 1981)
CD 9, Track 6 from O’Jays, When Will I See You Again (FZ/PZ 38518, 1983)
CD 9, Track 7 from The Jones Girls, Keep It Comin’ (FZ 38555, 1984)
CD 9, Track 8 from McFadden and Whitehead, I Heard It In a Love Song (TSOP JZ 36773, 1980)
CD 9, Track 9 from Patti LaBelle, The Spirit’s In It (FZ/PZ 37380, 1981)
CD 9, Track 10 from single 7728, 1979
CD 9, Track 13 from Archie Bell and The Drells, Strategy (JZ 36096, 1979)
CD 9, Track 14 and CD 10, Track 8 from Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, Dee Dee (JZ 36370, 1980)
CD 9, Track 15 from Teddy Pendergrass, T.P. (JZ 36745, 1980)
CD 10, Tracks 1 & 9 from O’Jays, Love and More (FZ 39367, 1984)
CD 10, Tracks 2 & 5 from Phyllis Hyman, Living All Alone (ST 53029, 1985)
CD 10, Tracks 3 & 11 from The Dells, I Salute You (11023-2, 1992)
CD 10, Tracks 4 & 12 from Shirley Jones, Always in the Mood (ST 53031, 1986)
CD 10, Track 6 from Patti LaBelle, Patti (FZ 40020, 1985)
CD 10, Track 10 from Phyllis Hyman, I Refuse to Be Lonely (11040-1, 1995)
CD 10, Track 14 from single 4437, 1984
CD 10, Track 15 from Teddy Pendergrass, Heaven Only Knows (FZ 38646, 1983)
CD 10, Track 16 from unreleased promo single

All labels are Philadelphia International Records unless otherwise indicated.
All discographical information is to the best of our knowledge only and has not been supplied by the label.

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  1. This is great news – but what happened to “Philadelphia International: The Roots of PIR” that Harmless had slated for release at the end of January and which has disappeared? Any suggestions of additional material to be released might duplicate what is or isn’t being released on that set. But in the absence of this info – would be good to get some of the earlier Intruders albums – when Gamble was not a CBS distributed entity – and which have intermittant and incomplete release – plus content from Huff Puff, North Bay and Neptune that has not been released on CD before. I still argue that the 45 of “Looky, Looky” by the O’Jays had a different and much more punchy mix than the album.

    Mike Williams

    March 21, 2012 at 15:23

    • Hey Mike! That “Roots” set is the one I mention in the second-to-last paragraph, and I believe Kenny Gamble has consulted/been interviewed in connection with it. Though it has been delayed, it’s my understanding that it is still very much in the pipeline. I’m particularly excited about it, myself! Thanks for your comments!

      Joe Marchese

      March 21, 2012 at 15:42

      • Joe
        That mention was a little obtuse and got lost in the mention of the year long campaign. Some Thom Bell album should also be of considerable interest.

        Mike Williams

        March 21, 2012 at 16:20

      • No problem, Mike! I’ve clarified by adding the (tentative) title in there, too!

        Joe Marchese

        March 21, 2012 at 16:49

    • Hey Mike, “The Roots” is now showing on Amazon UK as a CD/DVD set scheduled for May 21. Of course, these things change, but at least this project is now officially on the radar for release!

      Joe Marchese

      March 27, 2012 at 00:35

  2. I’m lukewarm about this. Why not release a complete singles and/or albums collection in chronological order? Will I still be left without some prime-era PIR singles and b-sides after purchasing this mammoth box?

    The stewards of the Motown legacy are doing a much better job (the holdup of TCMSv12 notwithstanding).

    Sean

    March 21, 2012 at 18:14

    • What is the status of TCMSv12?

      Mike Williams

      March 21, 2012 at 19:28

      • I don’t know. I assume at this point they can’t get the relevant permission so they are scrapping it. I imagine it’s Stevie Wonder who’s holding it up. Who else could it be whose rights would have changed in 1972.

        Sean

        March 21, 2012 at 20:12

      • Back in May 2011, Hip-o’s Harry Weinger told Mike here at The Second Disc that “We’re doing our best. When you cross over into ’72, obtaining licenses for certain tracks is a difficult process. We’re either going to wait it out, or we’ll just stop the series where we were. Which one we’re going to do, I don’t know. At the moment, I’m really, really optimistic and hopeful that the time will come to announce 12A and 12B.”

        Joe Marchese

        March 21, 2012 at 20:46

    • A complete PIR singles collection would sure please a lot of folks around these parts, myself included…here’s hoping!

      Joe Marchese

      March 21, 2012 at 20:44

    • Exactly! Some very essential B-sides were missing from this box set. Along with tons of album cuts.

      Tony

      June 4, 2012 at 13:29

      • Robert Upchurch’s “So Glad You’re Mine” ??? Should’ve been included.

        Tony

        June 4, 2012 at 13:31

      • The argument re Ralph Tee’s idiosyncratic assembly of tracks versus the Stax/Motown precedents of chronological releases is probably a moot point as I’m sure that the chance for another boxed set is long gone. I would’ve argued that the “Roots of PIR” merited at least a 2CD set rather than the 1CD/Kenny Gamble DVD planned.
        One other point – I’m finding the mastering on all the Harmless PIR rereleases to lack something in the way of dynamics. I played Vol 6 followed by Leon Huff’s 2011 CD release “Groovy People” – a major difference!

        Mike Williams

        June 4, 2012 at 14:51

      • Yes there are some tracks are missing, your never gonna please everyone,but it’s still an amazing compilation.I’d like to have heard a few unreleased tracks, there was talk of some the Harold melvin tracks being ballads that eventually became dance tracks they would have been nice to hear. But all in all I’m quite pleased with outcome.Well done Ralph Tee & Ian dewhirst.p.s hey Ian where’s the vinyl for the 1st comp?! Rod Lee-Peace

        Rod Lee-Peace

        June 4, 2012 at 19:00

  3. I see the UK release date and price. Will this also be released domestically or did I miss it somewhere in the article? What a great set regardless.

    Zubb

    March 21, 2012 at 22:08

    • The box set will be available via Amazon U.S. and other import-stocking retailers one week following the U.K. release, but there will not be a domestic pressing. (Harmless doesn’t hold the rights to the PIR material in the U.S.) Hope this helps.

      Joe Marchese

      March 21, 2012 at 22:44

      • Yes, that helps. Thanks. I will order it though my local record store.

        Zubb

        March 22, 2012 at 00:08

  4. This looks amazing….

    Robert Lett

    March 22, 2012 at 11:23

  5. Desperately need to see a CD release of MFSB Universal Love (maybe coupled with ‘End of phase 1’) – neither of which ever on CD, and Billy Paul Got my head on straight (latter only available as very expenseive French import).

    David A

    March 27, 2012 at 12:09

  6. Waiting for my boxset of Philly goodies, long time due, best album of all time to me is “360 degrees Billy Paul . But I do have grievance, why oh why was”Philly re-edits” not put on vinyl it would have been great marketing especially as it was the time of the 12 inch.

    Rod Lee-Peace

    March 31, 2012 at 05:35

  7. Could someone please post the track listing for The Roots Of PIR when it becomes available?
    Thanks.
    Jim

    Jim Bagley

    April 24, 2012 at 10:42

    • We’ll most certainly be sharing that information as soon as it’s available and confirmed!

      Joe Marchese

      April 24, 2012 at 11:40

      • Thanks Joe. Hoping for Storm Warning by The Volcanos which has never been remastered.

        Jim Bagley

        April 24, 2012 at 13:04

  8. Bit late on all this: Kaleidoscope on CD 3 of the Harmless 40th Anniversary set ‘I’m A Changed Person’: Don’t know that track, but loved ‘We’re Not Getting Any Younger’ by them on TSOP, same sort of vintage. A bit silly and inconsequential perhaps (what it was to be young!) but for some reason it soared out the sound system at a club here in the UK in maybe ’75 and set me off frantically trying to find out who and what it was. Think it was played that night on a Philly DJ Promo album with ‘Sexy’ and whatever else was due out. I tracked down a scuffed 7 inch US version (TSOP 4765 – intriguingly the same serial shown above for ‘I’m A Changed Person’!) and the tune had a horrendous toppy mix. I’d love to see it reissued somewhere. Any plans, anyone?

    Richard Mortimer

    May 24, 2012 at 18:01

  9. What is the deal with the first three Intruders albums (The Intruders are
    Together, Cowboys to Girls & When We Get Married)? That is what I want to see released. No one even mentions those albums. The Intruders need a box set with the singles that were not on an album. Pleas pass this along.

    Jbug

    April 3, 2014 at 10:10


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