BEST OF PHILLY SOUL VOL. 1
features 18 songs, plus an intro, by the great, soulful artist,
Len Barry. Len wrote and co-wrote 12 of the songs on the CD.
Recorded between 1963 and 1970 (some of which have never been released
until now), these songs show Len Barry's incredible talent with
a style that was uniquely his own.
achieved worldwide success with his #1 record, "1-2-3,"
written by Len and the record producing/songwriting team of John
Madara & Dave White. What followed were two other smash
hits, "Like A Baby," again written by Len and Madara &
White, and "Somewhere," written by Leonard Bernstein and
Stephen Sondheim for the film "West Side Story."
All three songs were produced by Madara & White.
out on his own as a solo artist, Len Barry achieved success as the
lead singer of The Dovells. They had several top 20 hits, including
the #2 record, "Bristol Stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down,"
which reached #3.
CD contains valuable information, when available, on the musicians
who played on each song, the year the song was recorded and the
studio where it was recorded. Two of the musicians were unknowns,
Leon Huff and Daryl Hall, both discovered by John Madara, before
they hooked up with Kenny Gamble and John Oates.
CD is presented by John Madara. Besides co-writing with Len
and producing "1-2-3," Madara & White wrote and produced
such timeless classics as "At The Hop," (Danny and The Juniors),
"The Fly" (Chubby Checker), and "You Don't Own Me"
(Leslie Gore). These and countless other hits by Madara &
White helped to create "The Sound of Philadelphia."
have been digitally restored and digitally mastered.
historical CD a part of your oldies record collection!
come back to THAT PHILLY SOUND for more on your favorite Philly
Artists and Groups and to purchase more classic CD's from our shop.
GREAT CD; GREAT SERVICE. This CD contained
several songs I have spent years scouring the Internet for.
They are available NOWHERE else, including such vendors as Amazon.com.
Delivery extremely fast, had my CD 48-hours after placing order.
Will definitely shop here again.
Reviewer: Jeff Gajewski
- CD Baby
GREAT CD - worth it for You're My Picasso Baby
alone. Awsome CD, with the big 3 hard to get items
for us Northern Soul fans, I'll Always Love You, I'm In Love and
of course Len's great version of Bobby Hebbs' Love, Love, Love.
As a bonus there's also a favorite of mine, You're My Picasso Baby,
which I've yet to find elsewhere. If only Len's Decca singles
were still available on CD - I'd be in heaven.
Reviewer: Dave Hayward
- CD Baby
Love Love Love. Well you can't own the
original lost LP, so make
up for it with this great CD, it's worth it
for the lost tracks "I'll
always need you" Len's version of Dean
Courtney's classic 45,
then there's Len's great version of Bobby
Hebbs "Love Love
Love", but top dog for me is the "I'm in love"
track, this is spellbinding
Philly Northern Soul at it's very best,
just why this didn't come
out as a 45 is beyond me, but it's here
now so do yourself a favor
and buy it.
- CD Baby
Excellent archive collection of philly pop and
archive material of interest to all soul and Philly
fans. It's fascinating
to learn how much Len Barry and John
Madara were involved in
the early development of soul in
Philadelphia, along with
Gamble, Huff, Bell and others. Some
excellent songs - including
Len's original versions of 'Love Love
Love' (Bobby Hebb) and
probably 'Lazy Susan' (Spinners, Little
mastering and interesting track info.
Reviewer: Alan Hardy
- CD Baby