Norman Jay M.B.E. Original Soul Boy, Chopper Boss, Good Times avenger, an inspiration. 2004 sees the re-release of a classic which was sadly hidden from the buying public up until now. Two of the biggest forces in funk join once more in the re-release of an early Harmless classic: Philadelphia - The Underground Anthems Of Philadelphia Soul from 1973 - 1981.
As Norman says in his sleeve notes, The Sound Of Philadelphia (T.S.O.P.) was an integral part of my musical upbringing and still remains vital to me. It was through first hearing the likes of The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Three Degrees (Princes Charles favourite group no less) and my favourites M.F.S.B. (Mother Father Sister Brother) that I was drawn to the exciting new sounds emanating from The City Of Brotherly Love, courtesy of the label's two founders and extraordinarily gifted songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff².
This double album features killer cuts by all the greats from the Philadelphia label in its most prolific period. Pay close attention for special launch parties around the country and be sure to check Giant 45 on London Live 94.9FM every Sunday between 7pm and 10pm for Norman playing the real heart and soul of Philadelphia. Harmless ahead of the pack and packing punches....we got the real sound of Philly!