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• Having begun his career as the main vocalist for Philly Soul pioneers, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass maintained an assured presence that always sounded like it was in partnership with the music. It’s this kind of conviction that would continue on through his solo work that would, in turn, stand out as one of the most truly distinctive voices of Philly Soul. Pendergrass would continue this successful relationship on Philadelphia International from 1977-1983 with 1979’s “Teddy” LP giving him his second #1 R&B album within a year.
• First single ‘Turn Off The Lights’ (R&B #2/Pop #48) continues in the vain of the previous year’s hit bedroom ballad ‘Close The Door’, with Pendergrass employing his trademark subtle and sensuous delivery to great effect on this Gamble & Huff penned slow burner, which was only pipped to the top of the disco dominated R&B chart (at that time) by Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’. Second single ‘Come Go With Me’ (R&B #14) is another excellent Gamble & Huff ballad which is followed by ‘Turn Off The Lights’ as the opening tracks on “Teddy”. Smooth, down tempo soul cuts ‘I’ll Never See Heaven Again’ and ‘All I Need Is You’ complete side A.
• In contrast the second half of the album sees Pendergrass get rough and ready for the dance floor with B-sides ‘If You Know Like I Know’, a driving, mid-tempo bass driven dancer showing a much rawer side of the singer’s vocal range, and the more light-hearted disco affair of ‘Do Me’, with the single versions of both added as bonus tracks on this release. ‘Set Me Free’ stays on the dance floor but drops the intensity slightly before ‘Life Is A Circle’ closes this album with a raucous disco-rock workout.
• BBR is thrilled to present this expanded and remastered edition of “Teddy” in a deluxe super jewel case with extensive liner notes and four bonus tracks. A must for all Philly Soul and Quiet Storm fans.