Robinsongs brings you the first Double Definitive collection by M.F.S.B. featuring all the full-length versions of their biggest & best tracks – and it’s out today!
M.F.S.B., which stood for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother released seven albums on Philadelphia International but were also the backing orchestra for all the big hits by the likes of the O’Jays, Three Degrees, Billy Paul, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes.
This package also contains the full-length version of the classic ‘Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto’ which featured all the major artists on the Philadelphia International label, but the driving force behind this hit was defiantly M.F.S.B.
‘T.S.O.P (The Sound Of Philadelphia)’ was the ensemble’s first smash hit single, and went to No. 1 on both the R&B & Pop Chart back in 1974, and was adopted as the theme tune to the legendary Soul Train TV Show. The track also featured the Three Degrees on vocals… but it was not to be their only hit single.
‘Sexy’ was a No. 2 on the R&B chart in the summer of 75. Both ‘T.S.O.P.’ and ‘Sexy’ also charted in the U.K.
The package also includes the track ‘K-Jee’ probably best known for its inclusion on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack album. Other stand-out tracks are ‘Mysteries Of The World’, ‘Love Is The Message’ and ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ which Robinsongs include here in the rare 12” mix.
Sleeve notes by Charles Waring of MOJO & Record Collector.
1. ZACK’S FANFARE #2
2. T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) – featuring The Three Degrees
3. LOVE IS THE MESSAGE
5. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM
6. FAMILY AFFAIR
8. GET DOWN WITH THE PHILLY SOUND 9. BACK STABBERS
10. BITTER SWEET
11. T.L.C. (TENDER LOVIN’ CARE)
12. BROTHERS AND SISTERS
13. THE ZIP
14. LAY IN LOW
15. MY MOOD
16. SOUTH PHILLY
1. ZACK’S FANFARE
2. LET’S CLEAN UP THE GHETTO – featuring The Philadelphia International All Stars.
3. DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT (12″ VERSION)
4. LET’S PARTY DOWN
5. MYSTERIES OF THE WORLD
6. MANHATTAN SKYLINE
8. SUNNIN’ AND FUNNIN’
9. PICNIC IN THE PARK
10. WE GOT THE TIME
11. TO BE IN LOVE
12. TELL ME WHY
13. FORTUNE TELLER
14. OLD SAN JUAN
15. FREDDIE’S DEAD