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for recording the main theme to 70s music television staple, Soul Train, as
well as providing the backbone to Philadelphia International’s era-defining
Philly Sound through other label mates’ respective releases, instrumental group
MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother) also maintained a steady output of their
own throughout the decade. With no less than 30 members accounted for within
their back catalogue, MFSB’s very name gives credence to the grassroots appeal
of the Philly Sound which established the framework in which disco would emerge
and once again redefine R&B in the 70s.
third LP UNIVERSAL LOVE (US #44/R&B #2), released in 1975 on Philadelphia
International, continued to establish MFSB as a mainstay within the Philly
Sound era with the help of pioneers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and other
regular fixtures within Philadelphia International’s creative team.
Amongst the Gamble and Huff co-writes,
the charting ‘Sexy’ (US #42/R&B #2/DANCE #1) remains a standout slice of
seminal early-disco as well as furthering the big band funk intonations within
Philly Soul as well as ‘T.L.C. (Tender Lovin’ Care)’ (US R&B #54/DANCE #4),
‘Let’s Go Disco’ and the Nite-Liters cover ‘K-Jee’ (later featured in Saturday
Night Fever). Closer ‘My Mood’ (the third and last Gamble and Huff co-write on
the record) rounds out the LP scaling back on the preceding party grooves and
pausing for reflection in a lush profusion of smooth soul.
BBR are proud to have remastered and
repackaged UNIVERSAL LOVE for the first time ever on CD with extensive liner
notes adding to the marvellous legacy of MFSB.
3. HUMAN MACHINE
4. LOVE HAS NO TIME OR
5. T.L.C. (TENDER LOVIN’
6. LET’S GO DISCO
8. MY MOOD
9. SEXY (Single Version)
10. T.L.C (TENDER LOVIN’
CARE) (Single Version)
11. LET’S GO DISCO (Single
12. K-JEE (Single Version)
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