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Three Degrees - Strategy: Our Tribute To Philadelphia (2016)

14-04-2016, 22:22
Soul | Funk | Disco

Title: Strategy: Our Tribute To Philadelphia
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: SoulMusic Records
Genre: Funk/Soul/Disco
Quality: MP3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 50:54
Total Size: 123 MB

1. Strategy (4:22)
2. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (5:32)
3. Me & Mr. Jones (6:08)
4. Love Train (5:07)
5. Disco Inferno (6:17)
6. If You Don't Know Me By Now (5:51)
7. Don't Leave Me This Way (6:37)
8. You'll Never Find Another Love (5:15)
9. T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) (5:42)

The Three Degrees need no introduction. Featured in the Guinness World Records as the longest-running female vocal group in history, they were, without doubt, the most successful female soul/disco outfit of the 1970’s, scoring hit after hit for Philadelphia International Records, including the enduring classic, ‘When Will I See You Again’, ‘Year of Decision’, ‘Take Good Care of Yourself’ and the UK Top 10 hits, ‘Woman In Love’ and ‘My Simple Heart’.

Currently celebrating 50 years in the business, original members Helen Scott and Valerie Holiday along with new arrival Freddie Pool (who joined in 2011), have recently been wowing clubland with their amazing live performances and in Spring 2016 they are pleased to announce the release of their first new studio album in twenty five years.

Recorded with full band and orchestra at Down In Deep Studios in Atlanta, USA, ‘Strategy (Our Tribute To Philadelphia)’, released 4th March on SoulMusic Records, features the trio’s own very personal tribute to timeless Philadelphia classic such as The O’Jays’ ‘Love Train’, The Trammps’ ‘Disco Inferno’, Billy Paul’s classic, ‘Me & Mr. Jones’ and the exciting title track, popularized by Archie Bell & The Drells, along with a new recording of the group’s own hit, ‘T.S.O.P’.

“This album holds a special place for me. I was raised in Philly and my exposure to the music of many Philadelphia artists was vast. T.S.O.P came from two talented musical moguls, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who challenged the industry and put Philly on the map. Thanks guys! There is love and a message in the music.”, says Helen Scott.

David Nathan, founder of SoulMusic Records and says, “We’re extremely proud to have this brand new Three Degrees album on the label, in particular because of my personal connection with the group which goes back to their UK success in the ’70s and with their longtime manager, John Abbey, founder of ‘Blues & Soul’ magazine. It’s exciting to hear the group’s interpretation of these truly timeless Philadelphia soul music classics.”

To coincide with the release of ‘Strategy’, The Three Degrees will hit the road in 2016 for thirty shows across the UK including a performance at the world famous Jazz Café, London, 3rd March. As their hugely successful 2015 UK tour will testify, the threesome has retained all three of their major qualities; their beauty, their sparkling choreography, and their precise vocal harmonies.

“For us, it is still exciting and we still enjoy our work,” says Valerie Holiday. “We are blessed with a wide age group appeal….from fifteen to sixty-five.” Scott goes on to add, “We have opened a lot of doors for other entertainers. In some cases, we may not have always succeeded but we have never given up. It still amazes me when we see teenagers singing along with our songs. And yet we still have the fans who have grown up with us.”

The influence and popularity of The Three Degrees has played an important role in bringing Soul music to the world and they continue to be considered around the globe as one of the most important ambassadors of American Soul Music, more than five decades after its birth and they show no signs of slowing down.

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