Second heavenly shower of Philly revamps.
Last August’s Philly Re-Grooved set stood above most dance-orientated compilations because, rather than just rope together old tunes, the original master tapes were given to 12” single pioneer Tom Moulton to work further magic, like he’s done on over 5000 tracks over the last 40 years. Refraining from adding new parts, Moulton brought up original elements, stretched middle eights and boosted the glittering orchestral skyscrapers and celestial melodies of 70s Philly Groove classics, rewarded with a specialist hit album for his trouble.
Studio geniuses originally at work on the equally fabulous follow-up’s selection include Reid Whitelaw, Thorn Bell, Norman Harris, Stan Watson, Bobby Eli, Touch Of Class and Alan Felder. Minor revelations abound, such as the luscious new intro to First Choice’s immortal Smarty Pants; an electric piano excursion invading The Quickest Way Out’s Who Am I; or a previously-buried break propelled to the forefront of Ultra-High Frequency’s Incompatible. Terry Collins’ ultra-scarce Actions Speak Louder Than Words is hotwired to triple its previous length to emerge like a sparkling new funky-soul anthem.
Perfectly complemented by veteran Disco935 DJ Jay Negron’s sleevenotes, this gorgeous project provides a scintillatingly fresh slant on dance compilations , showing one of the original trailblazers from that immortal era not losing – but still using – his magic touch.
The Master returns and they’re not kidding, the art of good remixer is in my opinion to add to an original recording – not completely massacre it by adding newly recorded passages in an attempt to bring it up to date. This is where the disasterous Motown remixed series went totally wrong. Not so with this collection of original dance/pop classics from the state of Philadelphia and the legendary Philly Groove label.
Tom Moulton’s name first graced a record label back in the early 70s and soon became synonymous with the disco era via various top ten records by The Trammps and is bredited as being the inventor of the 12-inch single so popular with club DJ’s back in the 70s.
Can’t wait for Volume 3 as this one and its predecessor hasn’t been off my turntable for weeks.