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1. Hook Up and Get Down- the Ebonys
2. It's Forever- the Ebonys
3. Life in the Country- the Ebonys
4. Sexy Ways- the Ebonys
5. I'm So Glad I'm Me- the Ebonys
6. I'll Try- the Ebonys
7. Nation Time- the Ebonys
8. I Believe- the Ebonys
9. You're the Reason Why- the Ebonys
10. Zack's Fanfare- MFSB
11. Love Is the Message- MFSB
12. Cheaper to Keep Her- MFSB
13. My One and Only Love- MFSB
14. Tsop (The Sound of Philadelphia)- MFSB
15. Zack's Fanfare (I Hear Music)- MFSB
16. Touch Me in the Morning- MFSB
17. Bitter Sweet- MFSB
18. Things Are Gonna Get Better- Bunny Sigler
19. That's How Long I'll Be Loving You- Bunny Sigler
20. I Lied- Bunny Sigler
21. Picture Us- Bunny Sigler
22. Love Train- Bunny Sigler
23. Marianne- Bunny Sigler
24. My Other Love- Bunny Sigler
25. Your Love Is Good- Bunny Sigler
26. What'd I Say- Bunny Sigler
27. Somebody Free- Bunny Sigler
28. Shake Your Booty- Bunny Sigler
29. Keep Smilin'- Bunny Sigler
30. Sweeter Than the Berry- Bunny Sigler
31. Blues in a Minute- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
32. All My Yesterdays- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
33. Quiet Lady- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
34. Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
35. For the Love of Money- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
36. Yours and Mine- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
37. Ambiance- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
38. Living for the City- Thad Jones ; Mel Lewis
39. Reality- Monk Montgomery
40. Me and Mrs. Jones- Monk Montgomery
41. Sippin' and Tippin'- Monk Montgomery
42. Bump de Bump- Monk Montgomery
43. I Love You Camille- Monk Montgomery
44. Little O'S- Monk Montgomery
45. Girl Talk- Monk Montgomery
46. Close Your Face- Monk Montgomery
47. Where Are All My Friends Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
48. To Be True- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
49. Pretty Flower- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
50. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
51. Nobody Could Take Your Place- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
52. Somewhere Down the Line- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
53. Bad Luck- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
54. It's All Because of a Woman- Harold Melvin ; the Blue Notes Featuring Theodore Pendergrass
55. Give the People What They Want- the O'Jays
56. Let Me Make Love to You- the O'Jays
57. Survival- the O'Jays
58. Where Did We Go Wrong- the O'Jays
59. Rich Get Richer- the O'Jays
60. How Time Flies- the O'Jays
61. What Am I Waiting For- the O'Jays
62. Never Break Us Up- the O'Jays
63. July, July, July, July- Billy Paul
64. Billy's Back Home- Billy Paul
65. I've Got So Much to Live For- Billy Paul
66. Black Wonders of the World- Billy Paul
67. Enlightenment- Billy Paul
68. When It's Your Time to Go- Billy Paul
69. Be Truthful to Me- Billy Paul
70. Everything Must Change- Billy Paul
71. My Head's on Straight- Billy Paul
72. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) ('A Tom Moulton Mix')- MFSB Feat. the Three Degrees
73. Stop and Think- the Trammps

More Info:

Celebrating 50 years of Philadelphia International Records, Love Is The Message contains eight albums on CD and an exclusive 12" vinyl disc, all luxuriously presented with a booklet telling the story of how this iconic label evolved in Philadelphia to become truly international. The notes this time around feature a personal account from writer Tony Cummings who recalls his fascinating visit to the City of Brotherly Love. All the music here is remastered from the original master tapes courtesy of Sony Music and Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff who have been personally involved in these landmark anniversary collections. Love Is The Message follows two previous releases Get On Board The Soul Train and Satisfaction Guaranteed. Those sets cover the first sixteen albums in chronological order from PIR's first LP Going East by Billy Paul in 1971 through to what was another Billy Paul album in 1973, War Of The Gods. The start of this collection continues from where the second edition left off, through 1973 to the early releases of 1975. During this period Teddy Pendergrass stayed on as lead singer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. MFSB were the string and horn players alongside an elite rhythm section. With all releases on the label MFSB were never far away. The Three Degrees who also feature on 'TSOP', an era defining track and theme to TV's Soul Train series. PIR embraced big band with the signing of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Jazz bassist Mont Montgomery also features with his Reality album. Bunny Sigler, who was a so integral to the PIR story with the many compositions, productions and performances he gave them, appears within. The O'Jays fourth album is included, while Billy Paul's Got My Head On Straight concludes the LP section of the package. The set is rounded off with an exclusive 12" single featuring two of the most recognisable Philly tunes; MFSB feat. The Three Degrees's 'T.S.O.P.' and the fantastic 'Stop And Think' by The Trammps.