MFSB – 1973 – Love Is The Message

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A key moment for the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and the first album to feature the MFSB backing group as a solo act on their own! The ensemble were responsible for key sounds on countless soul singles of the time – yet also find a way to soar beautifully on their own – in a sweet instrumental groove that matches the strength of Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra, and which was definitely a key inspiration for the sound of the Salsoul Orchestra! There’s definitely a bit of early disco in the mix, but the style’s more uptempo east coast overall – that pre-disco groove that was going down in the clubs – with larger strings added to a core group of funky rhythm players. Gamble & Huff production make the whole thing sparkle, and arrangements are by Vince Montana, Bobby Martin, and Jack Faith – on titles that include “Love Is The Message”.

Tracks
A1 Zack’s Fanfare 0:23     
A2 Love Is The Message 6:35     
A3 Cheaper To Keep Her 6:52     
A4 My One And Only Love 4:34     
B1 TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) 3:43     
B2 Zack’s Fanfare (I Hear Music) 0:50     
B3 Touch Me In The Morning 6:21     
B4 Bitter Sweet 5:26

MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” album was released in 1975 on Philadelphia International Records just as the Sound of Philadelphia and the genious of Gamble and Huff was dominating America. The album doesn’t disappoint. Filled with lush R&B mid tempo grooves and sophisticated Disco, backed by angelic vocals of Three Degrees and strings that G&H were known for, this is the quintessential mid 70’s R&B album. Backed by the one two punch of the title track and “TSOP(The Sound Of Philadelphia)” with backing vocals by Three Degrees, both became across the board # 1 smashes and found a loyal following at Disco’s during the early days of the emerging Disco trend. The rest of the album is jazzy and sleek R&B and is pure joy. “Cheaper To Keep Her“, “My One And Only Love” and “Bitter Sweet” are silky smooth R&B grooves that have a jazzy feel to them and the band’s beautiful take on Diana Ross’ “Touch Me In The Morning” rounds out the album. If taken as a whole and not just the sum of its parts, the album is richly satisfying and sounds as romantic and beautiful today as it did 40 years ago.

A must have for any collector of early 70’s R&B.

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18 Comments
  • Grumpy
    Posted at 11:12h, 06 November 2013 Reply

    Thank!

  • Michael
    Posted at 20:24h, 06 November 2013 Reply

    Wow! Philly sound!

  • Gary
    Posted at 22:03h, 06 November 2013 Reply

    Qual!ty

  • Nuno
    Posted at 03:36h, 07 November 2013 Reply

    Love… Is the message

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 09:32h, 07 November 2013 Reply

    Classic Philly sound Album, Thanks

  • Dimitris
    Posted at 19:57h, 07 November 2013 Reply

    A fine piece of art.

  • George
    Posted at 11:35h, 08 November 2013 Reply

    Thanks for another exceptional album.

  • Freddie
    Posted at 18:30h, 08 November 2013 Reply

    Love it. Great blog.

  • Erika
    Posted at 21:17h, 08 November 2013 Reply

    Thanks so much!

  • Peter
    Posted at 10:59h, 09 November 2013 Reply

    Love Philly sound.

  • Boris
    Posted at 19:19h, 09 November 2013 Reply

    Alongside the Love Unlimited Orchestra there can be no better instrumentalists than M.F.S.B. Philly International was the finest record label ever and huge love and respect is due to the genius of Kenny Gamble,Leon Huff and those superb men and woman who were the musicians of M.F.S.B.

  • Ser
    Posted at 19:27h, 09 November 2013 Reply

    Gamble&Huff are pure genius and this is the house band.
    the main cut T.S.O.P is a classic gem. it used to be Soul Train’s theme song.

  • William
    Posted at 10:42h, 10 November 2013 Reply

    Perfect album for my weekend.

  • Bastos
    Posted at 21:46h, 10 November 2013 Reply

    Irresistible!!!

  • Joel
    Posted at 09:46h, 11 November 2013 Reply

    It’s Gamble & Huff baby…..!!!

  • L14
    Posted at 21:38h, 12 November 2013 Reply

    Thank you for posting.

  • Yiannis
    Posted at 15:21h, 14 November 2013 Reply

    i love that music TSOP in 1970’s

  • Garth
    Posted at 11:00h, 15 November 2013 Reply

    Magical

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