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People’s Choice, despite high acclaim within Philly Soul, R&B, Funk and Disco circles are among the most underrated of the soul groups that found their home at P.I.R. Unlike many of the acts championed by Gamble & Leon Huff People’s Choice were a self-contained outfit performing on the Philly scene since the 60s. Led by Frankie Brunson the group was formed out of R&B act The Fashions.
ANY WAY YOU WANNA… THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE ANTHOLOGY (1971-1981) covers the group’s greatest successes. Signing to Phil-L.A. Of Soul in 1971, they enjoyed R&B hit singles including ‘I Likes To Do It’, and ‘Magic’ before signing with Philadelphia International’s TSOP imprint in 1974.
The rare TSOP single ‘Love Shop’ arrived in 1974. Another single, ‘Party Is A Groovy Thing’ brought the group another R&B hit that same year but things really took off the following year. ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ debuted in 1975 becoming an instant classic, appealing to Soul, Disco and Pop fan alike. The single topped the R&B charts and made #11 on the Hot 100. Later in the year it gave the band their first UK hit when it peaked at #36 and even made #6 in Belgium and #2 in the Netherlands. The smooth but Funky ‘Nursery Rhymes’ made a formidable follow- up and made #22 on the R&B chart.
Over the next two years the band would chart again with the TSOP singles produced by the cream of Philadelphia Soul; Gamble & Huff, Dexter Wansel, Fred Brunson and Roland Chambers. They hit with ‘Here We Go Again,’ and ‘Cold-Blooded & Downright Funky’ as well as the Tom Moulton produced ‘If You’re Gonna Do It (Put Your Mind To It)’. He also remixed ‘Do It Any Way You Wanna’ and ‘Jam, Jam, Jam (All Night Long)’. The group continued to work with Moulton on the hits ‘You Ought To Be Dancin’ and ‘Hey Everybody (Party Hearty)’ for the Casablanca and West End labels.
Big Break Records proudly presents ANY WAY YOU WANNA… THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE ANTHOLOGY (1971-1981), the first ever Anthology issued on the group. Newly remastered and presented in a super-jewel case, complete with liner notes, the collection is a must for all Philly Soul, Funk and Disco fans.
1. DO IT ANY WAY YOU WANNA
2. I LIKES TO DO IT
3. COLD BLOODED & DOWN-RIGHT-FUNKY
4. NURSERY RHYMES
5. MY FEET WON’T MOVE BUT MY SHOES DID THE BOOGIE
6. TURN ME LOOSE
7. MOVIN’ IN ALL DIRECTIONS
8. MICKEY D’S
9. PARTY IS A GROOVY THING
10. ASKING FOR TROUBLE
12. THE SOONER YOU GET HERE
13. LOVE SHOP
14. BIG LADIES MAN
16. THE BIG HURT
17. DON’T SEND ME AWAY
18. I’M LEAVING YOU
19. A MELLOW MOOD
1. YOU OUGHT TO BE DANCIN’
2. IF YOU GONNA DO IT (PUT YOUR MIND TO IT) (PARTS 1 & 2)
3. JAM, JAM, JAM (ALL NIGHT LONG)
4. HEY EVERYBODY (PARTY HEARTY)
5. HERE WE GO AGAIN
6. BOOGIE DOWN U.S.A.
8. IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW
9. CHANGIN’ MY LIFE
10. SOFT AND TENDER
12. A GREATER TRUTH
13. DO IT ANY WAY YOU WANNA (A TOM MOULTON MIX)
14. JAM, JAM, JAM (ALL NIGHT LONG) (A TOM MOULTON MIX)
With fantastic sleeve notes written by Christian John Wikane, a New York based music journalist, who interviewed Jody Watley specially for this package, we have the Shalamar package their fans have been wanting for years.