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Love Train:The Sound of Philadelphia Box set


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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Expressway To Your Heart (Previously released material)The Soul Survivors 2:18Album Only
listen  2. La-La Means I Love You (Remastered)The Delfonics 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cowboys to GirlsThe Intruders 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hey, Western Union ManJerry Butler 2:39Album Only
listen  5. Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love) (Remastered)The Delfonics 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Only The Strong SurviveJerry Butler 2:35Album Only
listen  7. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)The Delfonics 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Brand New MeDusty Springfield 2:24Album Only
listen  9. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool YouWilson Pickett 2:47Album Only
listen10. You're The Reason Why (Album Version)The Ebonys 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Drowning In The Sea Of LoveJoe Simon 3:20Album Only
listen12. I'm Stone In Love With YouThe Stylistics 3:19Album Only
listen13. I Miss You (Album Version)Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass 8:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Back StabbersThe O'Jays 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. SunshineThe O'Jays 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. I'll Be AroundSpinners 3:10Album Only
listen17. Slow Motion (Pt.1) (Previously released material)Johnny Williams 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Me and Mrs. JonesBilly Paul 4:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. If You Don't Know Me by NowHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Love Is Here (Single Version)The Futures 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Love Train (Album Version)The O'Jays 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Break Up To Make UpThe Stylistics 3:57Album Only
listen  3. Family Affair (Album Version)Mfsb 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's Forever (Single Version)The Ebonys 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Time to Get DownThe O'Jays 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. There's No Me Without YouThe Manhattans 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I'll Always Love My MamaThe Intruders 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Love I LostHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Wanna Know Your Name (Album Version)The Intruders 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dirty Ol' Man (Album Version)THE THREE DEGREES 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Put Your Hands Together (Album Version)The O'Jays 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Thanks for Saving My LifeBilly Paul 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mighty LoveSpinners 4:56Album Only
listen14. Be Thankful For What You Got (Pt.1)William DeVaughn 3:23Album Only
listen15. For The Love Of Money (Album Version)The O'Jays 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Where Do We Go From HereThe Trammps 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)Mfsb Feat. The Three Degrees 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Then Came YouDionne Warwick & The Spinners 3:56Album Only
listen  2. Love Is The Message (Album Version)Mfsb 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. When Will I See You AgainTHE THREE DEGREES 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Where Are All My Friends (Album Version)Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Picture UsBunny Sigler 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bad Luck (Album Version)Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Give the People What They WantThe O'Jays 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Billy's Back HomeBilly Paul 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Hope That We Can Be Together SoonHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Sharon Paige 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Do It Any Way You WannaPeople'S Choice 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Big HurtPeople'S Choice 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Let Me Make Love to YouThe O'Jays 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Wake up EverybodyHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes 7:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I Love MusicThe O'Jays 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Don't Leave Me This WayHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Let's Groove (Single Version)Archie Bell & The Drells; Arranged by John Whitehead, Gene McFadden, and Victor Carstarphen 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Livin' for the WeekendThe O'Jays 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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listen  1. Kiss and Say GoodbyeThe Manhattans 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Not In Love (Album Version)Dee Dee Sharp 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You'll Never Find Another Love Like MineLou Rawls 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rubberband Man (single version)THE SPINNERS with DIONNE WARWICK 3:33Album Only
listen  5. Enjoy YourselfThe Jacksons 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Free LoveJean Carn 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Don't Love You AnymoreTeddy Pendergrass 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. See You When I Git There (Album Version)Lou Rawls 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Use Ta Be My GirlThe O'Jays 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Close the DoorTeddy Pendergrass 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ain't No Stoppin' Us NowMcFadden & Whitehead 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody ElseThe Jones Girls 4:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hurry Up This Way AgainThe Stylistics 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Love T.K.O.Teddy Pendergrass 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'Leon Huff, Jr. 5:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. It's Gonna Take A MiracleDeniece Williams 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. If Only You Knew (Album Version)Patti LaBelle 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B001F290GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Some of the best soul, pop, disco, ballads ever recorded can be found on this whopping 4CD set featuring 71 tracks. Includes world famous songs by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, McFadden & Whitehead, Three Degrees, Billy Paul, Jean Carne. Also includes a lavish booklet with photo's and detailed liner notes and interviews.

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Great collection of music.
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Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the epitome of soul music writing.
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I grew up with my parents playing this music.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John L. Hughes, Jr. on November 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
LOVE TRAIN easily trumps Sony Legacy's previously released three-cd Philly box set (1997's excellent THE PHILLY SOUND: KENNY GAMBLE, LEON HUFF & THE STORY OF BROTHERLY LOVE)by offering 23 more songs and expanding the years of the material up to 1983. Unlike the 1997 box set, the works of producer Thom Bell are represented here along with the best of the Gamble and Huff productions. One big surprise entry is Deniece Williams' top-10 remake of the Royaltones "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", which was produced by Thom Bell and recorded in Philly. The set ends perfectly with Patti Labelle's #1 r&b hit "If Only You Knew", the last big hurrah of the Philly sound. It would have been nice to include the 1973 Thom Bell-produced top 30 pop hits "One Man Band" by Ronnie Dyson and "I'm Doing Fine Now" by New York City, however.

Improved song selection, detailed booklet and great remastered sound make this collection a must for Philly soul fans.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Josh P. on January 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Philadelphia has always been the City of Brotherly Love and it took two musical geniuses like Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to compose the songs and arrangements that would reach out to all listening audiences letting them know that that phrase was more than just a phrase. In that classic O'Jays' hit of which this boxed set is named, all the nations of the world from England to Russia, China and Africa are connected as the "Love Train" comes "ridin' on through." The phrase "People all over the world" from the same song is later duplicated in MFSB's chart-topper "TSOP: The Sound of Phildelphia." MFSB, standing for Mother Father Sister Brother further emphasizing the Philadelphia spirit of unity, is the studio band that Gamble & Huff assembled to play behind the artists they wrote for and produced and was the sound they had bumpin'! All around they were one tight outfit. Going further with the subject of the need for positive social awareness, it could be heard in songs like the O'Jays' greasy and funky "For The Love of Money", Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody", "Put Your Hands Together" from the O'Jays again, as well as McFadden & Whitehead's latter-era classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now." Yes, indeed: the Love Train was making its impact on American popular music and it was rollin' straight out of no other righteous American city than Philadelphia.

This brand new edition of Gamble and Huff's Philly Soul contributions to R&B music from 1967-1983 is a definitive portrait of their labors of love that started from their first chance meeting inside an elevator. From there to the recording studio and to the music charts, they cranked out one hit after another for various artists signed to their Philadelphia International label.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lett on October 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Was at the door of the record store when it opened this morning to get this sucker and loving it so far. Nice booklet and good track selection, highy reccomend it as far as the music. Not crazy about the pacaking tho. The cds come loose easily and clang round in the box, that accounts for the 4 stars instead of 5. By the way the other review here is of the old Philly Soul box from way back, no way he could have reviewed this in 2005 since it came out today.(2008)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Loyal Amazon Customer on November 27, 2008
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My parents were teenagers/young adults in Philadelphia during the 60's and early 70's. I grew up with my parents playing this music. It was just part of our environment. My brother and I were babies singing along with this awesome music. I'm in my early 40s now and heard an NPR Fresh Air interview with Gamble and Huff yesterday. Those guys are just so talented. AWHHHHHHHHH, hearing that music again brought me such joy. Learning about the genius of Gamble and Huff and all of the songs that they've written and produced, just made me profoundly proud of them and the city of Philadelphia; a place I left in the 80's. My mom still lives in the City, so there will always be a connection for me. I cannot wait to see her face when I present her with the gift of this compilation for Christmas. I'm really looking forward to the PBS special that will air soon. There music has made an international mark. It's just so impressive and enduring.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on December 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
one of those Box Sets when you won't ever need a fast forward button at all. every song brings back some sort of memory or time period,etc.. the Sound of Philidelphia in the 70's was unfadeable. the soulful strings and the House band, Gamble and Huff,Thom Bell and the many great Artists,Musicians,Producers, Arrangers,background vocalists,etc... made a strong mark on Music that not only touched Philidelphia but also the whole wide world period. songs that are timeless. a must have box set.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Robinson on December 24, 2008
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Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the epitome of soul music writing. The songs and the artist that had and produced on this label were just totally awesome in every sense of the word. A music collector or a fan of soul music would be doing themselves a big time disservice by not having this piece of work in their collection. These are songs that I came up with as a youngin' in the 70's. These are songs that will stand the test of time no matter what generation of music that comes along the way. They are like good old vintage wine in other words. Great stuff i tell you, great stuff!
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