Three CD set. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the very first groups to achieve global success for Philadelphia International Records within it's first year as a CBS-distributed label. The 1972 release of two consecutive 'tell-it-like-it-is' ballads - 'I Miss You' and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' - marked the start of a four-year association that yielded some of the most enduring recordings in contemporary soul music. Mainstays of the popular lounge circuit, Melvin had hired Theodore Pendergrass as the new drummer for the group's touring band in 1970 and by the time the quintet joined the fledgling roster at P. I. R., he had emerged as the lead singer; it was Pendergrass' gospel-honed passion-filled vocals that were front-and-centre of the four gold-certified albums that formed the legacy of treasured recordings included in this glorious 36-track set. Disc 1 comprises the 1972 LP, I Miss You and the 1973 set, Black & Blue. Disc 2 features two albums released in 1975: To Be True and Wake Up Everybody. Disc 3 consists of various bonus tracks: the group's cover of Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin' from The Philadelphia All-Stars' 1977 LP, Let's Clean Up The Ghetto LP; two dance mixes by legendary remix pioneer Tom Moulton, "Bad Luck" and an eleven-minute version of 'Don't Leave Me This Way', originally a track from the group's final P. I. R. LP - never issued as a U. S. single (but covered by Motown's Thelma Houston for whom it became a global smash); and three 'live' recordings from the group's performance at a CBS Records' 1973 convention.
Three CD set. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the very first groups to achieve global success for Philadelphia International Records within it's first year as a CBS-distributed label. The 1972 release of two consecutive 'tell-it-like-it-is' ballads - 'I Miss You' and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' - marked the start of a four-year association that yielded some of the most enduring recordings in contemporary soul music. Mainstays of the popular lounge circuit, Melvin had hired Theodore Pendergrass as the new drummer for the group's touring band in 1970 and by the time the quintet joined the fledgling roster at P. I. R., he had emerged as the lead singer; it was Pendergrass' gospel-honed passion-filled vocals that were front-and-centre of the four gold-certified albums that formed the legacy of treasured recordings included in this glorious 36-track set. Disc 1 comprises the 1972 LP, I Miss You and the 1973 set, Black & Blue. Disc 2 features two albums released in 1975: To Be True and Wake Up Everybody. Disc 3 consists of various bonus tracks: the group's cover of Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin' from The Philadelphia All-Stars' 1977 LP, Let's Clean Up The Ghetto LP; two dance mixes by legendary remix pioneer Tom Moulton, "Bad Luck" and an eleven-minute version of 'Don't Leave Me This Way', originally a track from the group's final P. I. R. LP - never issued as a U. S. single (but covered by Motown's Thelma Houston for whom it became a global smash); and three 'live' recordings from the group's performance at a CBS Records' 1973 convention.
5013929088801
Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings 1972-1975 (Uk)
Artist: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. I Miss You
2. Ebony Woman
3. Yesterday I Had the Blues
4. If You Don't Know Me By Now
5. Be for Real
6. Let Me Into Your World
7. Let It Be You
8. Cabaret
9. The Love I Lost 1
10. It All Depends on You 1
11. Concentrate on Me 1
12. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back) 1
13. Is There a Place for Me? 1
14. I'm Weak for You 1
15. I'm Coming Home Tomorrow 1
16. Where Are All My Friends 1
17. To Be True 1
18. Pretty Flower 1
19. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon - Sharon Paige and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes 2
20. Nobody Could Take Your Place 2
21. Somewhere Down the Line 2
22. Bad Luck 2
23. It's All Because of a Woman 2
24. Wake Up Everybody 2
25. Keep on Lovin' You 2
26. You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good - Featuring Sharon Paige 2
27. Don't Leave Me This Way 2
28. Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby 2
29. To Be Free to Be Who We Are 3
30. I'm Searching for a Love -Featuring Sharon Paige 3
31. Everybody's Talkin' 3
32. Bad Luck (Tom Moulton Mix) 3
33. Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton Mix) 3
34. The Love I Lost (Live) 3
35. If You Don't Know Me By Now (Live) 3
36. I Miss You (Live)

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Three CD set. Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the very first groups to achieve global success for Philadelphia International Records within it's first year as a CBS-distributed label. The 1972 release of two consecutive 'tell-it-like-it-is' ballads - 'I Miss You' and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' - marked the start of a four-year association that yielded some of the most enduring recordings in contemporary soul music. Mainstays of the popular lounge circuit, Melvin had hired Theodore Pendergrass as the new drummer for the group's touring band in 1970 and by the time the quintet joined the fledgling roster at P. I. R., he had emerged as the lead singer; it was Pendergrass' gospel-honed passion-filled vocals that were front-and-centre of the four gold-certified albums that formed the legacy of treasured recordings included in this glorious 36-track set. Disc 1 comprises the 1972 LP, I Miss You and the 1973 set, Black & Blue. Disc 2 features two albums released in 1975: To Be True and Wake Up Everybody. Disc 3 consists of various bonus tracks: the group's cover of Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin' from The Philadelphia All-Stars' 1977 LP, Let's Clean Up The Ghetto LP; two dance mixes by legendary remix pioneer Tom Moulton, "Bad Luck" and an eleven-minute version of 'Don't Leave Me This Way', originally a track from the group's final P. I. R. LP - never issued as a U. S. single (but covered by Motown's Thelma Houston for whom it became a global smash); and three 'live' recordings from the group's performance at a CBS Records' 1973 convention.