Despite what must have been, and indeed was, a lengthy licensing process this two CD set of Re Edits from PI finally makes it to a release date that celebrates the labels 40th anniversary this year. Crammed with re edits rather than remixes this shows what DJ’s the world over have done to some of the labels best tracks in an effort to make them even more dance floor friendly.
So here you’ll find an amazing array of such truly iconic PI tracks like Only The Strong Survive, Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby and the unsinkable Jean Carne on the anthem Was That All It Was in extended re-edits that you have probably never heard before. Check out this set NOW as this will become a collector’s item.
Founded in 1971 by producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International’s history parallels the ‘70s transition from soul to disco. Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits showcases modern revisions of the label’s classic moment, with one laid-back, “slinky” disc and another “uptempo” selection, including McFadden & Whitehead’s evergreen Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.
The Soul Survivor
After Motown helped pave the way, two righteous soul brothers became entrepreneurs in successfully running a rare black owned record label. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff 40 years ago built an empire known at PIR (Philly International Records) embracing love, peace, unity and a message in their music. Amongst the 21 chose babies from their enormous catalogue are edits and extended mixes of the infamous Philly sound. Some of the edits work better than others, from example on the Uptempo Good Time Philly side, my tip on those tight arrangements are Keep Schtum’s People’s Choice Do It Anyway You Wanna, DJ Mila’s Dexter Wansal Life On Mars, DJ Frictions’ Jones Girls Dance Turned Into A Romance and Jimmy The Twin’s The OJay’s Message In The Music mixes.
The Mellow Slinky Philly elongates Jean Carns’ If You Wanna Go Back Baby, Morning Star edit sweetly and Archie Bell’s Strategy gets a nice dj friendly mix from Touchsoul. ScratchNSniff’s Let The Dollar Circulate mix by Billy Paul sucks you in like quicksand with the twist and turn Philly arrangement.
The mid 80’s warehouse and rare groove classics Easy Money and Don’t Let Love Get You Down get 7-8 the reverb and echoed re rubs that may work for some who felt that the songs were too short. Was That All It Was gets a revamp using its middle section adlib as the intro which works naturally and Nights Over Egypt gets a Set It Off percussive hi hats lift. My personal fave is The DJ Apt One’s very subtle edit of Wake Up Everybody, you just listen and enjoy!! Once again its time to get down to the Philadelphia sound!!