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PHILLY GROOVE STORY VOLUME 2

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SOUL DISCRETION

Philly Groove was set up by manager Stan Watson in 1967 after the break-up of Philadelphia’s main ’60s outlet, Cameo Parkway. Primarily, it was where A&R man Thom Bell developed the lustrous soul symphonies he’d later polish with songwriters Gamble and Huff at Philadelphia International. Aside from hits by The Delfonics and First Choice, this two-part history is notable for its choice collection of rare grooves, including standouts from The Nat Turner Rebellion, The Quickest Way Out and Ben Aiken’s mesmerising falsetto on “One And One Is Five”.

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