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    Thousands of lost “Philly Sound” funk recordings found and resurrected

    A lot of new stuff was recently discovered. A reel from David Bowie's recording sessions at the studio while getting together his 1974 "Young Americans" album; tracks from Teddy Pendergrass, Sly Stone, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.

    Full story and more pictures here

    https://www.mcall.com/entertainment/...24u-story.html



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    This is earthshattering news to know that Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder recorded songs at Sigma Sounds Studios. I had never heard that mentioned before. Wonder what songs and/or how many were recorded there? Is this a common practice when artists are under contract with another label?

    Thanks for posting. I hope we learn more about what is in these tapes.

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    This poses a different look at the tapes that were made in the early Philadelphia days. What disposition became of the Parkway, Cameo, and related labels tapes and/or masters?
    I guess they might be stored in an anonymous storage unit somewhere.

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    This gives me heart after the Sigma Sound fire many years ago. It also is a nice counterstory to the UMG fiasco. Thanks for posting.

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    This is great news! could someone please copy the article and please paste here, thanks to the bureaucratic European Union here in England we are now blocked from seeing many USA media websites!

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    Thankfully The Press Association in London have the story!

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/...unk-music.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybs View Post
    Thankfully The Press Association in London have the story!

    https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/...unk-music.html
    Link not working for me Jay. Probably the EU's fault again. Good old Boris will of course make everything work properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulwally View Post
    Link not working for me Jay. Probably the EU's fault again. Good old Boris will of course make everything work properly.
    Absolutely stupid! as I said bureaucrats on a gravy train just for £££££

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    College music department resurrects long-lost funk music

    PHILADELPHIA - Back in the summer of 2005, Drexel University's Music Industry program got a very curious phone call. On the line was the owner of a storage facility in Philadelphia, wondering if the school would be interested in thousands of music studio tapes, seemingly abandoned in a unit for which no rent had been collected in a long time. The man said the tapes all had the same labels on the side: Sigma Sound Studio.
    For aficionados of Philadelphia funk, that's a famous name. In the 1960s and 1970s, Sigma Sound helped create "The Sound of Philadelphia" - the funky soul sound characterized by lush instrumental arrangements often featuring strings and horns. The studio churned out hits like The Trammps' "Disco Inferno" and The Three Degrees' "When Will I See You Again." Many Gamble and Huff hits were recorded there, including The O'Jays' "Love Train." No one knew the specific items in the stash, but Drexel's music industry program definitely wanted it, said Professor Toby Seay, project director of the university's audio archives. "The thought was if there are 7,000 tapes coming from the Sigma collection, there's gotta be good stuff in there," he said.

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    Good stuff indeed. A reel from David Bowie's recording sessions at the studio while getting together his 1974 "Young Americans" album; tracks from Teddy Pendergrass, Sly Stone, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. As Seay and students slogged through the collection, working to digitize it, there was always the lingering possibility of discovering unheard and unreleased gems. Seay came upon just that in 2011, when he pulled a tape named "Nat Turner Rebellion" off the shelf.

    "The song was called 'Tribute to a Slave' and it blew me away," he said of the 1969 recording that packed power, politics and Philly funk and soul. He filed it away and made a note to keep an eye out for more of the band named after an 1831 slave revolt. Fast forward eight years, and the band's unreleased album "Laugh to Keep From Crying" was released in March on Drexel's student-run MAD Dragon Records label - some 50 years after it was recorded. A New York Times review calls it "a greeting across eras ... vintage socially conscious, tambourine-shaking funk." From 1969 to 1972, the Nat Turner Rebellion recorded for Philly Groove Records, which released a few singles, and opened for the chart-topping Delfonics.

    The band, led by Joseph Jefferson, broke up after what Jefferson described to the Philadelphia Inquirer as a spat with band member Bill Spratley, who he said pulled a gun on him during an argument over money. Afterward, Jefferson went on to write a string of hits for other bands, including "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" for the Spinners.
    "There was not a thought in my mind that this could have happened," Jefferson told the newspaper after the Nat Turner album's release. "This is what I wanted. Just the recognition for this." At 75, he's the last surviving member of the group. It wasn't exactly simple getting the album together. In 2012, Reservoir Media Management acquired Philly Groove Records. Reservoir's Faith Newman discovered more Nat Turner Rebellion tapes. The following year, Newman tracked down Jefferson on Facebook and got his permission to move forward with an album, Seay said. She collaborated with Drexel to assemble it."I wanted to put something out commercially that was viable, and that's where the archives come in," said Marc Offenbach, a music industry veteran who now teaches at the university. His students developed a marketing plan and a social media strategy. Working with Vinyl Me, Please, which is a record subscription service, the students were able to produce the album on vinyl as well as digitally, lending a 1970s-era authenticity to the project. They pressed 5,000 albums, which he said sold out."The greatest lesson is that we are actually making a profit," he said. "Just loving the band doesn't work. It's a business." So far, students and Seay have listened to and digitized only about 10 percent of the music in the collection.

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    So far, students and Seay have listened to and digitized only about 10 percent of the music in the collection."The students there are probably not even aware of the significance of what they are doing," said Dave Moore, a music historian and Philadelphia soul expert who co-authored "There's That Beat! Guide to the Philly Sound" with Jason Thornton. "But they should have our grateful thanks for what they do in ensuring this music can be preserved and enjoyed for generations to come." A college music department has helped resurrect the music of a largely forgotten Philadelphia funk band and is hoping to discover more gems in its archives. Going through thousands of donated tapes, a band called the Nat Turner Rebellion jumped out to listeners at Drexel University. They assembled "Laugh to Keep From Crying," the band's debut album. It was recently released some 50 years after it was recorded at Sigma Sound, the studio which helped create the so-called "Sound of Philadelphia." Stevie Wonder's recording sessions at the Sigma Sound Studio, at Drexel University in Philadelphia. A college music department has helped resurrect the music of a largely forgotten Philadelphia funk band and is hoping to discover more gems in its archives. Going through thousands of donated tapes, a band called the Nat Turner Rebellion jumped out to listeners at Drexel University. They assembled "Laugh to Keep From Crying," the band's debut album. It was recently released some 50 years after it was recorded at Sigma Sound, the studio which helped create the so-called "Sound of Philadelphia."

    Just look at all those Sigma Sound Tapes Marc Offenbach Assistant Teaching Professor, Music Industry at Drexel University poses for a portrait with music studio tapes from the Sigma Sound Studio collection, in Philadelphia. In the 1960s and 1970s, Sigma Sound helped create "The Sound of Philadelphia," the funky soul sound characterized by lush instrumental arrangements often featuring strings and horns. Sorry would not post in one post.


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