Dee Dee Sharp ‎- 1975 Happy ’bout The Whole Thing

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One of the very best albums from the heyday of the Philly Sound, this LP was recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios with the fabulous musicians of MFSB. Made in the mid seventies, Dee Dee Sharp’s rich powerful voice moves through each selection with confidence and grace. Add the lush orchestration of TSOP Orchestra and the talent of Kenny Gamble and you have nirvana.

Tracks
A1 Love Buddies 3:43
A2 Touch My Life 4:23
A3 Ooh Child 5:12
A4 Real Hard Day 3:55
A5 Make It Till Tomorrow 4:20
B1 Happy ‘Bout the Whole Thing 4:51
B2 I’m Not in Love 5:17
B3 Share My Love 5:10
B4 Best Thing You Did for Me 4:37

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Dee Dee Sharp is best known for “Mashed Potato Time” and “Do the Bird,” Top Ten hits in the early ’60s. This mid-’70s Philly sound outing has pop leanings that infiltrate the disco so important to the dance music empire of Sharp’s husband, Kenneth Gamble. “Love Buddies” is an interesting concept seeing that much of the Philly sound was club oriented, and this first song is the only one penned byKenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. “Touch My Life” is an adequate tune by James Mendell, but it’s Sharp’s exquisite voice that really shines, taking over the material and making the entire album listenable. The familiar sounds Sharp creates are a perfect marriage with the Philadelphia sound.

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Thankfully, she gets the chance to break out of the TSOP formula. The cover of Stan Vincent’s “Ooh Child” is sublime, and her cabaret co-write with Mendell on “Real Hard Day” is strong, music that Whitney Houston could send up the charts.”Make It Till Tomorrow“, the second of three songs co-written by Dee Dee Sharp, shows a maturity and style, a voice that is always welcome on the radio. Hearing her distinctive and happy cover of “I’m Not in Love” (the 10cc hit) stretch over five minutes and 17 seconds — the longest track on the record — is a delight. Sharp looks stunningly beautiful on the cover and inside photos, and the sounds she emits are superb. She takes the less than perfect “Share My Love” and gives it her best, bringing it to a plateau it simply couldn’t reach in lesser hands. Six of the nine titles are written or co-written by associate producer James Mendell, his “Best Thing You Did for Me” a beautiful pop conclusion to this elegant collection.

 

 

 

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21 Comments
  • Amelia
    Posted at 10:47h, 31 August 2016 Reply

    Killer version by Dee Dee show nobody can get inside a song like this legendary lady…Bravo Dee Dee…this is awesome!!!

  • Lester
    Posted at 10:53h, 31 August 2016 Reply

    A beautiful piece from the Great Masters of Philadelphia

  • Iris
    Posted at 21:44h, 31 August 2016 Reply

    Impossible not to love it and adore it

  • kissme
    Posted at 22:00h, 31 August 2016 Reply

    These were the days… aint nothing like them, best of times…. and era. music was inspirational and good.

  • Dell
    Posted at 09:48h, 01 September 2016 Reply

    Philly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:53h, 01 September 2016 Reply

    thank you nikos

  • Dexter
    Posted at 09:31h, 02 September 2016 Reply

    You can’t beat the old classics.

  • petra
    Posted at 19:33h, 02 September 2016 Reply

    This is truly old skool at its Best!!!!!

  • Red
    Posted at 19:48h, 02 September 2016 Reply

    Nice & Smooth…..

  • Jason
    Posted at 10:47h, 03 September 2016 Reply

    I love your work,specially all that info you provide.Thanks a million for such a permanent brilliant work.

  • Belen
    Posted at 10:49h, 04 September 2016 Reply

    Oh! I’m gonna have a good time listening to this. Thank you.

  • Robin
    Posted at 21:06h, 04 September 2016 Reply

    a classic! keep it comin dude!

  • Brent
    Posted at 21:09h, 04 September 2016 Reply

    give me the 70s and 80s any day

  • Nick
    Posted at 18:42h, 05 September 2016 Reply

    This is def nice. I enjoy every new post, because I know that its gonna be straight fire. Keep diggin!

  • JarMar
    Posted at 09:28h, 06 September 2016 Reply

    A special thanks for this special post.You made my day.

  • Dylan
    Posted at 19:22h, 07 September 2016 Reply

    marvelus time pure bliss

  • Alan
    Posted at 17:29h, 08 September 2016 Reply

    beautiful distinctive voice

  • Margaret
    Posted at 17:37h, 08 September 2016 Reply

    That Philly sound!!! Like Jean and Phyllis.

  • Seba
    Posted at 23:09h, 11 September 2016 Reply

    thanks!!
    This will be the first time that I listen to her.

  • Tais
    Posted at 16:30h, 21 September 2016 Reply

    Oh, my good… I love it!!!<3

  • Julie
    Posted at 19:37h, 23 September 2016 Reply

    Sure brings back memories. Thank u for this goldmine blog.

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