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Shout! Records is delighted to add the renowned Philly Sound to its catalogue,
with the notable production skills of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff assisting the
Ebonys in breaking into the Hot 100 and soul charts in the early 1970s.
The Ebonys crossed the Delaware River from their New Jersey home to the
studios of Philadelphia International Records in 1971, and with their roaring
baritone lead and contrasting falsetto harmonies cut the searing ballad You’re
The Reason Why , flipped with the brisk exuberance of Sexy Ways . This R&B
top 10 smash was followed by the vibrant poignancy of It’s Forever, another
crossover hit, and among the most memorable of ballads ever cut at PIR s Sigma
Sound Studio. The group s eponymous album was released in 1973, featuring five
R&B hit singles, and has become in-demand with modern-soul collectors in
recent years. This long-awaited CD re-issue also features tracks issued on
singles but not included in the original vinyl LP, together with the hit single
edit of the title track.
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