This outstanding hits collection spotlights Philadelphia soul before MFSB swept the 70s sound up in discophonic orchestration. With arrangements by Bobby Martin and Thom Bell, acting on a jazzy bass/drums/vibes interplay, producers (and future Philly International label heads) Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff surrounded the Intruders' sweet soul harmonies (led by distinctive lead singer Sonny Brown) with clever, soulful effects. You hear the ceremonial horns start "Together," the xylophone/guitar rev-ups in "Slow Drag" (one of the prettiest soul songs written about dancing), and a sweeping bell effect on their version of Jay Wiggins' "Sad Girl" that sounds almost classical. Also included is 1968's Top 10 hit "Cowboys to Girls," a remake of their doo-wop hit "When We Get Married," and the Motownish "Check Yourself." To these ears, however, the favorite is "Love Is Like A Baseball Game," with its line "I could never win when I played a baseball game/I guess love and baseball are just about the same." That's a Philly soul AND a Philly baseball fan singing! Recommended, but also check out their "Save The Children" album from 1973 (featuring "I'll Always Love My Mama") and the larger "Cowboys To Girls" retrospective.
Hearing The Intruders is a Must.The Music&Arrangements are Magic.The Production is RIght on Time.The Musicianship is First Class.The Intruders Can Really Sing.THis is a Very Soulful Collection.Where has The Soul Gone? Music on this Set was Saying Something unlike TOday.