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Dimitri from Paris new album 'Get Down With The Philly Sound' an ode to
Edited Press Release
BBE Records proudly presents its fifth and arguably most exciting
compilation with The French DJ and ambassador of disco Dimitri from Paris.
"Get Down With The Philly Sound" focuses on Dimitri’s essential disco
era tracks, all made in Philadelphia, and feature the core of the
rhythm section that created and defined the sound of the genre.
selection on CD1 traces the evolution of the '70s disco groove from the
first ever disco hit record, to the rejuvenation of the Jackson 5’s
career, interspersed with obscurities such as Charles Mann to the
magnificent Teddy Pendergrass; Philly International’s answer to Marvin
CD2 of the compilation pays homage to the original creators and
innovators of the remix and extended edits with reworkings exclusively
by Dimitri from Paris. The compilation exclusively features five
remixes and four edits by Dimitri from Paris.
Philadelphia gave birth to and defined the brand new Disco genre.
Gamble and Huff’s sound evolved from the simpler arrangements of the
late 1960s into a style featuring lush strings, thumping basslines and
sliding hi-hat rhythms. The anthemic "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin
& The Bluenotes, recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in 1973, laid the
blueprint for how a disco record should sound.
Sigma's sound was so strong that mainstream acts queued up to record
there: David Bowie recorded his Young Americans album there, Dusty
Springfield recorded A Brand New Me, while Elton John’s 1977
Philadelphia sessions were in such demand recently that they provided a
hit single (‘Are You Ready For Love’) and CD re-issue 3 decades after
the recordings were first made.
Nearly all of the disco output from Philadelphia between 1973 and 1980
featured the work of the same studio musicians, known as The Family or
MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother).
The classic line up of musicians included Earl Young, Founder of The
Trammps and creator of the 4/4 disco drum pattern which laid the
template for every dance record since. Meanwhile Tom Moulton, who
pioneered the Disco Mix in a 12 inch vinyl format and supplied missing
masters for this compilation, influenced the popularity of the songs
with his legendary mixes.
By 1975, Philadelphia International and the Philadelphia soul and disco
genres it helped define had largely eclipsed Motown and the Motown
Sound in popularity and Gamble and Huff were the premiere producers of
soul with nearly 200 gold and platinum records to their credit. Salsoul
capitalized on the success of the sound by employing the same musicians
while focusing predominantly on club music.
Now, for the first time ever, Gamble and Huff have given a label access
to the multi track tapes of some Philly International platinum selling
classics such as "The Love I Lost" and "Bad Luck" featuring the vocals
of the late great Teddy Pendergrass, the first black male to release
five consecutive platinum albums in the United States.
This tribute to the creators of disco is presented on a limited edition
double CD, and three deluxe multiple vinyl releases, exclusively
featuring Dimitri’s remixes and edits. There will be an additional
vinyl double pack containing remixes by Francois Kevorkian, John Morales and Tom Moulton.
for more information on record label BBE, which releases Get Down With
the Philly Sound on May 18, 2010. Check out Dimitri from
Paris' website. He's also on Myspace.
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