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Philly Soul Girls

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Mixed Up Shook Up Girl
Artist: Patty And The Emblems
2:08
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Call on Me
Artist: The Persianettes
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It Happens Everyday
Artist: The Persianettes
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Dead End
Artist: Ann Byers
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Here I Am
Artist: Ann Byers
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I'm Happy Without You
Artist: Ann Byers
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I'm Not Gonna Cry Baby
Artist: Ann Byers
2:05
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Your Love Is A Wonderful Thing
Artist: Ann Byers
3:01
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Inside Of Me
Artist: Fannie And The Varcells
2:36
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That Guy Belongs To Me
Artist: The Swans
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The Hard Way
Artist: The Butterflies
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Don't Hurt Me
Artist: Honey & The Bees
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Two Can Play the Same Game
Artist: Honey & The Bees
1:57
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Be Yourself
Artist: Honey & The Bees
2:20
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Inside O Me
Artist: Honey & The Bees
2:25
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Handsome Boy
Artist: The Ladybirds
2:18
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New Boy
Artist: Joyce Bennett
2:15
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I Got News
Artist: Cindy Scott And The Persianettes
2:05
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What Are You Doin' To Me
Artist: Cindy Scott And The Persianettes
2:22
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Love You Madly
Artist: The Sherwoods
2:34
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Uncle Sam
Artist: The Sherwoods
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Small Wonder
Artist: The Sherwoods
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Cheaper By The Dozen
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Total Tracks: 23   Total Length: 54:45

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Review 1

Sara Sherr

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04.22.11
Various Artists - Distortions Funkadelphia, Philly Soul Girls
Label: Distortions Funkadelphia / The Orchard

Philly Soul Girls was lovingly compiled by Dave Brown, a former member of The Lyres and the head honcho of Distortions/Funkadelphia, who unearths obscure Philly music history by digging through flea market crates and hitting the Yellow Pages.

The soul represented here isn't the sleek '70s "Philly soul" later made popular by the city's legendary Gamble and Huff songwriting/production team — although Huff wrote two of the comp's tracks. Instead, it represents the buoyant girl group… read more »

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emeraldcityson

I just happened upon this album while in Starbucks the other day. They were playing "Mixed Up, Shook Up, Girl" by Patty and the Emblems. I'm a sucker for old R&B/soul songs and never heard this one before. I found it on eMusic and decided to check out some of the other bands as well. I have not been disappointed. This music is pretty amazing. You can tell that it's Philly's response to Motown. I'm not sure how popular any of these songs were at the time nationally or regionally, but they evoke a certain sugar sweet innocence and charm that could only happen at that time. If you're picky, download the first and last songs, and enjoy this unique vintage sound.

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transfered from what?

bigblueengine

Sounds like someone just recorded the vinyl. Why?

They Say All Music Guide

B & L Productions, formed by songwriter Frank Bendinelli and arranger Leroy Lovett, recorded quite a bit of music in Philadelphia in the 1960s for either their own small labels or for lease to other companies. Much of it typified the city’s transition from R&B, doo wop, twist, and girl group music to early Philadelphia soul, and this 30-song compilation of rare singles and unreleased material focuses on the women vocalists they recorded during the mid-’60s. Most of the anthology bridges girl groups and soul, and while it’s competently produced and representative of the period, it’s also derivative of certain styles and better songwriters. It could not be said, for instance, that the Persianettes (whose two songs were co-written by “Huff,” presumably a young Leon Huff) were not trying to sing like the Supremes, and that the rhythm on Ann Byers’ “Dead End” isn’t heavily indebted to Martha & the Vandellas. Yes, Motown was an inspiration for many of the songs, but that’s not the worst thing in the world; at least the model is good, and the execution of these facsimiles is fairly pleasing. Certainly the standout cut is Patty & the Emblems’ “Mixed Up Shook Up Girl,” with its swaggering horns and confident girl-group-styled vocal. It was a big hit in Philly in 1964, and had the potential to be a big hit everywhere. Other highlights include Joyce Bennett’s “New Boy,” a good sassy girl-group tune with an uptown sound, and Kim Brown’s “Listen to My Heartbeat,” a yearning ballad with a complex melody and such elaborate production (down to the booming orchestral drums) that it’s puzzling it was not released at the time. Incidentally, the five cuts by Honey & the Bees are by an entirely different group than the more popular Honey & the Bees that recorded for Arctic/Josie. For listeners worried about duplication, only four of the songs also appear on Ace’s compilation of B&L Productions sides, Ben Lee’s Philadelphia Story. – Richie Unterberger

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