The four albums made by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, published by Philadelphia International Records in the 1972-1975 period, are again available in a new single box-set.
When we talk about "The Sound of Philadelphia" one of the inevitable names is certainly that of Harold Melvin.
Together with his group The Blue Notes, which included the well-known singer Teddy Pendergrass, one of the best "Philly" voices, Harold Melvin has made numerous albums and achieved great success with mythical songs.
Four albums from his large discography were published by Philadelphia International Records, a record company founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the masters of the so-called "Sound of Philadelphia".
The first album by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes published by PIR is I Miss You (1972) of which there is also another edition with a different cover and simply entitled with the name of the group.
It's an album of sweet ballads that contains If You Don't Know Me By Now, The Miss You and the song that entitles the entire Be For Real compilation.
Black and Blue (1973) instead it is the album that brings Harold Melvin on the dance floor all over the world with songs like The Love I Lost and Satisfaction Guaranteed.
The great success continues both in the standings and in the disco with To Be True (1975) and here the hits don't count. The best are Bad Luck, Where Are All My Friends and Hope That We Can Be Together Soon.
The last album released by PIR is Wake Up Everybody (1975). It's the best-known album by Harold Melvin thanks mainly to the songs Don't Leave Me This Way (which also brought Thelma Houston to success) Wake Up Everybody, Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby and You Know How To Make Me Feel Good.
To close the collaboration with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the best way, the Gamble & Huff label publishes in the 1976 the collected album entitled All Their Greatest Hits! (complete with an exclamation mark).
After the exceptional years with Philadelphia International Records that for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes was not just a simple record label but a real "philosophy of thought" (the so-called "Philly Mood") the group switched to ABC Records with the realization of the album entitled Reaching For The World.
The compilation also contains some very interesting bonus tracks including Bad Luck and Don't Leave Me This Way in the exceptional edit Tom Moulton Mix in addition to the "live" version of The Love I Lost, If You Don't Know Me By Now and I Miss You.
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - Be For Real - The PIR Recordings (1972-1975) published by the SoulMusic label with information and liner notes by Kevin Goins (known American music consultant) and David Nathan (founder of SoulMusic) is available in edition box set with 3 CD.