Black & Blue - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Black & Blue
Black & Blue was Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes second Philadelphia International album, released in
1973. The album features the lead vocals of Teddy Pendergrass and the classic Philly production of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff.

Featured are the full length versions of Philly anthems THE LOVE I LOST (#1 R&B) and SATISFACTION GUARANTEED (#6 R&B). BBR introduce the first ever re-master of this album on CD and Black & Blue is regarded as one of the great Philly Soul albums ever produced. Liner notes include a detailed interview about the sessions with Bobby Eli.

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Code: CDBBR0013
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Cabaret / The Love I Lost / It All Depends On You / Concentrate On Me / Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) / Is There A Place For Me / I’m Weak For You / I’m Comin Home Tomorrow /

BONUS TRACKS- The Love I Lost (Part 1) (Single Version) / I’m Weak For You (Single Version)
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"The group's first, breakthrough set for Philly International, released in 1972, featuring and making a star of Teddy Pendergrass. It's the set that gave the world If You Don't Know Me By Now, of course: one of the most instantly recognisable intros of all time backed up by one of Teddy's signature vocals. It was pure deep soul as a pop hit - now that hasn't happened too often". 5*

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