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Deep Grooves

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Audio CD, April 6, 1999
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As plushy and smooth as disco got, MFSB--the small-army-sized house band of Philadelphia's Gamble-Huff production team--had a couple of deathless grooves in them nonetheless: "Love Is the Message," which appears here twice (once in its hypertrophic dance-floor extension), and the microadjusted wah-wah rhythms of "Sexy." Beyond those hits, this collection goes through the period pieces of their discography: old-fashioned boogaloo, instrumental covers of other people's funk, rhythm-section workouts sweetened heavily with strings and horns. The band's strength was throwing Philly soul's tart voices and burning sentiments into sharp relief; without their contrast, MFSB were barely more than jazzy spun sugar, though T.J. Tindall's growling fuzz guitar firmed up their edges. --Douglas Wolk

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000IIWV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terrence A. VINE VOICE on July 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'll give you one and it's all you'll need: "Love is the Message".

You may or may not know this but "Love is the Message" is considered by nearly every dance music d.j. worth their salt to be the single greatest dance track of all time and with good reason. On this disc, you get the full version of the song which runs eleven minutes and a half plus the love groove bonus which is just the break at the end of the song.

I can literally listen to that track on a loop for hours. It really is an amazing piece of craftsmanship and it's so rich and multilayered that you can really appreciate what went into the song.

The rest of the album is very good, with another standout track being MFSB's interpretation of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead".

Strongly recommended for those that appreciate the classics and have become disillusioned by the state of music today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sonjam on September 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Before disco was co-opted by the white shirts and hacks out to make a quick buck, REAL dance music was being made like this. Forget BPM's and remixes, MFSB did it all real time. Complex arrangements, swirling strings, punchy horns, vibes, and a KILLER rhythm section propelled the beat AND the melody. Gamble & Huff and their team of writers, arrangers, and singers made it all seem so simple. The swing revival going on now should also include the music of MFSB, which not only swings hard, but teases, cajoles, soothes, and inspires. Just try NOT dancing to this!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on January 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
MFSB is a group that uses real instruemts and real vocals to come up with these brilliant tracks. No fancy overproduction, no sampling (although their work is often sampled); just a collection of pure soul from the old school. A worthy purchase for any music lover.
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Format: Audio CD
This compilation focuses on MFSB's uptempo Disco dance tracks from their 1972-1976 albums for Philadelphia International Records. While the perennially-popular "Love Is The Message" became a world-famous hit and a true Disco anthem most of the other tunes on this CD are not well-known but will definitely get you to groove on the dance floor. While MFSB's record sales and chart success may never have equalled those of their much-better-known label mates The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, Billy Paul or Jerry Butler (to name but a few!) there simply would have been no "Philly Sound" if there had been no MFSB...and this compilation proves just why this was so. Enjoy!
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