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As plushy and smooth as disco got, MFSB--the small-army-sized house band of Philadelphia's Gamble-Huff production team--had a couple of deathless grooves in them nonetheless: "Love Is the Message," which appears here twice... more »
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As plushy and smooth as disco got, MFSB--the small-army-sized house band of Philadelphia's Gamble-Huff production team--had a couple of deathless grooves in them nonetheless: "Love Is the Message," which appears here twice (once in its hypertrophic dance-floor extension), and the microadjusted wah-wah rhythms of "Sexy." Beyond those hits, this collection goes through the period pieces of their discography: old-fashioned boogaloo, instrumental covers of other people's funk, rhythm-section workouts sweetened heavily with strings and horns. The band's strength was throwing Philly soul's tart voices and burning sentiments into sharp relief; without their contrast, MFSB were barely more than jazzy spun sugar, though T.J. Tindall's growling fuzz guitar firmed up their edges. --Douglas Wolk
Deep dish r&b
sonjam | Irving, Tx United States | 09/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Before disco was co-opted by the white shirts and hacks out to make a quick buck, REAL dance music was being made like this. Forget BPM's and remixes, MFSB did it all real time. Complex arrangements, swirling strings, punchy horns, vibes, and a KILLER rhythm section propelled the beat AND the melody. Gamble & Huff and their team of writers, arrangers, and singers made it all seem so simple. The swing revival going on now should also include the music of MFSB, which not only swings hard, but teases, cajoles, soothes, and inspires. Just try NOT dancing to this!!!!"
The Groove | Boston, MA | 01/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"MFSB is a group that uses real instruemts and real vocals to come up with these brilliant tracks. No fancy overproduction, no sampling (although their work is often sampled); just a collection of pure soul from the old school. A worthy purchase for any music lover."
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Terrence Aybar | New York City | 07/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll give you one and it's all you'll need: "Love is the Message".
You may or may not know this but "Love is the Message" is considered by nearly every dance music d.j. worth their salt to be the single greatest dance track of all time and with good reason. On this disc, you get the full version of the song which runs eleven minutes and a half plus the love groove bonus which is just the break at the end of the song.
I can literally listen to that track on a loop for hours. It really is an amazing piece of craftsmanship and it's so rich and multilayered that you can really appreciate what went into the song.
The rest of the album is very good, with another standout track being MFSB's interpretation of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead".
Strongly recommended for those that appreciate the classics and have become disillusioned by the state of music today.