Happy Bout the Whole Thing/What Color Is Love?/Dee Dee
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Audio CD, Import, June 15, 2010
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2010 two CD collection containing a trio of albums from the Soul vocalist, originally released on the Philadelphia International Records label: Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing (1975), What Color Is Love? (1977) and Dee Dee (1980). All these albums have been unavailable for many years and are much sought-after. Gamble and PIR co-founder Leon Huff contributed several songs, and many of the arrangements were by PIR heavyweights Dexter Wansel, Jack Faith and Bobby Martin, but there were writing and arranging contributions from many others not part of the regular PIR crowd, including Don Covay, Jerry Butler, Paul Wilson, Michael Burton and Phil Terry. Edsel.
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>You can read the other reviews elsewhere, BUT if you're a fan of (relatively) rare Philly Soul (and produced by Kenny Gamble, to whom she was married at the time), this collection is for you.
>Musically, all over the map. Tight club/dance tunes. Melodic mid-tempo. Jazzy at times. GREAT voice. Timeless. Some great cover songs. REAL instruments!
>Things kind of get a tad lame by the third album (their pending breakup???), but overall a fantastic find! (And I have all three albums from "back in the day!")
>And as the liner notes hint at, the reason she wasn't pushed more over other Gamble/Huff/Philly acts, including peers like Jean Carn and Phyllis Hyman (both great as well) is that Gamble was wary, because of their marriage, that he would be playing favorites.
Very telling into his ethics and character. All good. Check out this definitive CD if you like '70s Soul, the Philly sound that's not 100% "formula"... and a great, yet under-the-radar, singer and vocalist!
The rest of the CD...not bad!!
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This 2 CD set, released by Edsel Records from UK in 2010, contain 3 complete albums by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble.Read more