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A Soulful Tale of Two Cities

by Masters of Funk, Soul and Blues

Motown's legendary Funk Brothers and Philadelphia's world renown MFSB take you "back in the day" with an album filled with classic Philly and Motown hits. Featuring George Clinton, Kathy Sledge, Major Harris, Freda Payne, Bunny Sigler, Barbara Mason, more
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Higher Ground, featuring Jean Carne
4:17 $0.99
2. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing, featuring Bunny Sigler
6:01 $0.99
3. Ain't That Peculiar, featuring the Philly Degrees
4:46 $0.99
4. Dancing in the Street, featuring Kathy Sledge
4:50 $0.99
5. Knocks Me Off My Feet, featuring Russell Thompkins, Jr.
4:28 $0.99
6. Fire and Desire, featuring Bunny Sigler and Jean Carne
9:28 $0.99
7. The Girl's Alright, featuring Phil Hurtt
3:57 $0.99
8. Just My Imagination, featuring Ted Mills
5:40 $0.99
9. Isn't She Lovely, featuring Jimmy Ellis
3:58 $0.99
10. Ooh Baby, Baby, featuring Bunny Sigler
5:10 $0.99
11. My Cherie Amour, featuring Major Harris
4:39 $0.99
12. My Baby Loves Me, featuring Barbara Mason
4:14 $0.99
13. Baby Baby, I Need You, featuring Phil Hurtt, Carl Helm and Bunny
3:37 $0.99
14. Just Ask the Lonely, featuring William Poogie Hart
4:07 $0.99
15. Got To Give It Up, featuring Bunny Sigler
6:35 $0.99
16. Ain't No Stopping Us Now, featuring Ali Ollie Woodson
6:22 $0.99
17. Betcha By Golly Wow, featuring Freda Payne
4:12 $0.99
18. Me and Mrs. Jones, featuring Lamont Dozier
6:03 $0.99
19. One of a Kind Love Affair, featuring the Velvelettes
4:27 $0.99
20. Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time, featuring Carolyn Crawford
5:25 $0.99
21. Love Won't Let Me Wait, featuring George Clinton
4:34 $0.99
22. Love Train, featuring Bobby Taylor
4:32 $0.99
23. When Will I See You Again, featuring Freda Payne
4:17 $0.99
24. Close the Door, featuring Lamont Dozier
5:31 $0.99
25. For the Love of Money, featuring Ali Ollie Woodson
6:09 $0.99
26. Expressway to Your Heart, featuring George Clinton
2:54 $0.99
27. Sunshine, featuring Bobby Taylor
4:25 $0.99
28. TSOP (and D)
6:50 $0.99
29. Sadie, featuring Bobby Taylor
4:48 $0.99
30. When the World Is At Peace, featuring George Clinton, Bobby Tayl
7:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
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Two of America's musical heavyweights pay loving tribute to one another on this once-in-a-lifetime Double CD. Motown's legendary Funk Brothers and Philadelphia's world renown MFSB take you "back in the day" with an album filled with classic Philly and Motown hits. Recording as the Masters of Funk, Soul and Blues - with help from vocalists Bobby Taylor, Freda Payne, Bunny Sigler, Barbara Mason, George Clinton, Kathy Sledge and so many more - they've created an album that honors history as much as it creates it.


THE MUSICIANS: Funk Brothers: Bob Babbit, Joe Hunter, Robert Jones, Uriel Jones, Ray Monette, Eddie Willis, Spider Webb, Treaty Womack - MFSB: Charles Collins, T. Conway, Bobby Eli, Rikki Hicks, Vince Montana, Jr., and Jimmy Williams - Also: Nathaniel "Crockett" Wilkie, Darryl Johnson, Sr. and Theo Primas, Bunny Sigler, Nathaniel "Crocket" Wilkie

THE SINGERS: Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Jean Carne, George Clinton, Carolyn Crawford, Lamont Dozier, Jimmy Ellis of the Trammps, Major Harris, William "Poogie" Hart of the Delfonics, Carl Helm, Phil Hurtt, Barbara Mason, Ted Mills of Blue Magic, Philly Degrees, Freda Payne, Bunny Sigler, Kathy Sledge, Bobby Taylor, Russell Thompkins, Jr., The Velvelettes, Kim Weston, and Ali "Ollie" Woodson

THE PRODUCERS: Lamont Dozier, Bobby Eli, Phil Hurtt, Clay McMurray, Bunny Sigler




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A historical CD set of legendary Motown and Philly hits. Pick up a copy today!
Wow! If you are a fan of American music you’ve got to check out this CD. “A Soulful Tale of Two Cities” is a historical CD of Detroit Motown and Philly soul classic hits from the 60s and 70s performed by artists and producers who were involved in the original recordings. The catch is that the Motown artists sing the Philly soul songs, and the Philly sound artists sing the Motown songs. The Masters of Funk, Soul, and Blues include members of the “house bands” that played on some of the legendary recordings as well as some notable guest stars. Performers on this CD include Freda Payne, Lamont Dozier and George Clinton as well as lead vocalists from the Trammps, the Stylistics, Blue Magic, the Three Degrees, Sister Sledge and the Delfonics. There is a lot of music to enjoy on this 2 CD set.
The musicianship, recording quality, and production of the tracks we checked out were all excellent. The renditions sounded fresh and reminded us of the soulful sound and memorable harmonies of the original recordings. For example, the soulful harmonies of The Philly Degrees sound great on Ain’t that Peculiar. You’ve got to hear Bunny Sigler’s falsetto vocals and the live party feel of Got to Give it Up. The renditions of Ain't No Stopping Us Now, featuring Ali Ollie Woodson, and Love Train, featuring Bobby Taylor, will have your body moving to the music. Lamont Dozier gives an emotional vocal performance of Me and Mrs. Jones, and the backing band, especially the keyboard and harmonica fills, sound great. If you are old enough to remember music from the 60s and 70s, this CD will bring back memories for you. If you’re too young to remember the original versions, this CD will help you respect these classic songs. If you are a fan of R&B or American pop music history, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!

Ken Lawrence

Three little words Yeah three times is all you need to get the point accross. if you don't get up and grab this one today you don't know what your missing. two great music catelogs two great soul cities who could want more.

Robert POYER

I got your CD today the MUsic is great,thank you.
I got my Order today,and I must say,this is a Great Music
very good Artists, I enjoy this CD very much.I hope,my
Review can understand,because my English is not well.
Sincerely Yours,Robert Poyer.


Now this is what I call a revelation.
Truly an outstanding body of work.
I am floored by the great production and the artists interpretation of these classic songs.
Truly a benchmark in classic style.

Kudos to all involved.

Bill Buckley - Blues and Soul Magazine

Ask any real soul fan to name their favourite musical cities and I'll bet that Detroit and Philadelphia will top the poll. This isn't the place to describe their contribution to soul's evolution ( we don't have enough space!) suffice to say that it was only a matter of time before the musical luminaries of Motown and Philly came together to celebrate each other's wonderful music – and that's exactly what this wonderful double collection does. "A Soulful Tale Of Two Cities" sees the stars of Motown tackle songs from the city of Brotherly Love while Philly icons take on the best of Detroit's back catalogue. Detroit artists number Ali Woodson, the Velvelettes, Carolyn Crawford, Bobby Taylor, Kim Weston, George Clinton, Lamont Dozier and Freda Payne while their musicians include Funk Brothers Bob Babbitt, Joe Hunter and Uriel Jones. The Philly contingent numbers Jean Carne, Carla Benson, Kathy Sledge, Major Harris, Bunny Sigler, Barbara Mason, Blue Magic's Ted Mills, Stylistic Russell Thompkins, Delfonic William Hart and MFSB-ers Bobby Eli, Vince Montana, T Conway and Charles Collins. If I then tell you that the featured songs include "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Just My Imagination", "Ooh Baby Baby", "Ain't No Stopping Us Now", "Me And Mrs. Jones", "Love Won't Let Me wait" and "Close The Door", it's clear that a review is fundamentally redundant. The music (30 big cuts by the way) speaks for itself. We'll all find personal favourites – mine include album co-ordinator Phil Hurtt's take on "The Girls Alright With Me", Barbara Mason's visit to "My Baby Loves Me" and Bobby Taylor's version of "Sadie" where he sounds uncannily like Philippe Wynne. But don't get me wrong, this isn't an exercise in karaoke soul – it's all fresh and vital… witness Bunny Sigler and Jean carne's searing version of Rick James's "Fire And Rain" to hear what I mean. In honesty though any cut will prove that the music and artists of Philadelphia and Detroit can still deliver soul as passionate and committed as they did back in the day.


Now this is what I have been waiting for. The sound is great, the vocals are great, the whole premise is great!

Carolyn Beverly /People, Places, Faces and...

Another Badd Creation!
There's music and... There's MUSIC!How can you lose with this CD? It has all the ingredients needed to cast a spell of musical madness with some of the best, if not all, of the heavy hitters in the entertainment industry on one CD. It just doesn't get any better than this. How can you lose with the sounds of Motown and Philly. This CD is one that will make you shake your head, tap your feet, clap your hands, snap your fingers, and get up and dance to the music. From Ain't That Peculiar featuring The Philly Degress to Ollie Wilson's signature vocals on Ain't No Stopping Us Now. To the smoothness of Barbara Mason on My Baby Loves Me, it's all of that and more. This is a must have CD.

Linda L Switzer

A Soulful Tale of Two Cities
What a great album! I'm a big Bobby Taylor fan and it was great fun to hear him along with all of his VERY talented friends. Thanks!!

Barry Towler - Soul Express Magazine

This is recorded history. Essential.
I had wind of this project back last summer and was very, very intrigued by it. I did not know that this was to be a tribute album from Philly to Motown and Vice-versa. All I knew was that Phil Hurtt was amassing a mighty amount of talent for an amazing project. That was enough for me. Well, here it is. Some may dismiss this as “Shanachie-style thinking” but please don't imagine for a minute that is anything so mundane. This is a historical recording, no more, no less. Hurtt maintains that the inspiration for this was divine. I won't dispute that, nor will I deny that amassing such talents together as Jean Carne, Bunny Sigler, Kathy Sledge, Phil Hurtt, Ted Mills, Major Harris, Jimmy Ellis, Will Hart, Russell Thompkins Jr, Ali “Ollie” Woodson, Freda Payne, Lamont Dozier, The Velvelettes, Carolyn Crawford, George Clinton, Bobby Taylor and Kim Weston to record as notthing short of heavenly. It is immensely gratifying to hear these great, great artists sounding as good in 2007 as they did in the 60s and 70s. What's more magical is the fact that the surviving members of MFSB and The Funk Brothers wade in to lend musical support. You cannot beat real instruments being played by real musicians.

Disc One is where “Philly does Motown. There are a number of really, truly classy moments here but what does detract a shade is that there are no strings. If only Paul Riser or Larry Gold were on hand to bolster proceedings, then this would have been taken to a much higher plane. Bunny Sigler's version of “Ain't Nothin' Like The Real Thing” is magical. The man is in his sixties but his voice has not aged one iota. This is almost gospel-like, and this splendidly matches the reverential tone that the track has. When Bunny sings, like Meli'sa Morgan recently, you know that this is a person who knows what he's singing is true, and in this soulless age carries more clout. Many cover versions are just words set to music. Bunny's soul-wrenching rendition tears up the song into his own image. If this song isn't heavenly and devine then I really don't know what is. The real Philly flavour hits us hard with the beautiful rendition of Stevie Wonder's “Knocks Me Off My Feet”. Russell Thompkins Jr sings this in a lower, more natural register and allows his baritone free reign near the end of the track. The Philly guitar that merrily strums along does the version justice.

Bunny Sigler joins forces with Jean Carne for the Rick James / Teena Marie collaboration “Fire And Desire”. Again, these two giants re-weave the song with their own unique thread, yet managing to stay faithfulo to the original arrangement. In all seriousness, Rick James could have written this with Bunny Sigler in mind. Bunny does an amazing job on here. This sensitive, sympathetic version can do nothing but win applause. I had wondered what had happened to Ted Mills since the fragmentation of Blue Magic, but my answer that here he was laying down a truly magnificent version of the classic Norman Whitfield song “Just My Imagination”. The musical arrangement is sympathetic yet allows Ted to improvise his soaring falsetto in a way that wasn't afforded when Eddie Kendricks worked his own magic with it. We get a real taste of Philly with Will Hart on “Just Ask The Lonely”. All we are missing are the soaring strings. Will still sounds fresh, and I feel that this style suits him a lot better than the recent material he did with The Delfonics for Volt.

Ali “Ollie” Woodson will always be a favourite of mine, and since he left the Temptations I have yeasrned for more material from the man. Just one solo CD and a few guest spots here and there just ain't good enough! His interpretations of “Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now” and “For The Love Of Money” are bouyant and jaunty and one can tell that the man is having a ball. Check the funky guitar on the latter! Bobby Eli having a hand in there I have no doubt! Freda Payne sounds great on the cover of “Betcha By Golly Wow” and sounds very similar to the late, great Phyllis Hyman when she lets herslf go. The backing singers are magnificent – and considering they are made up by Pree, Carolyn Crawford, Gabrielle Hurtt and Pat Lewis I should not have been surprised. The Spinners' “One Of A Kind Love Affair” is given a great reading from The Velvelettes and has a great sound that is what they deem “PhilaTroit” - somewhere between Philly and Motown. Production comes from the legendary Clay McMurray, Bunny Sigler, Bobby Eli and Phil Hurtt. Add the musicians Bob Babbitt on bass, Uriel Jones and Spider Webb on drums, Robert Jones on keys and Treaty Womack on congas its not surprising we have such an eclectic fusion.

One of the real surprises for me was to hear George Clinton singing “Love Won't Let Me Wait”. His voice may be a little more fragile now but the frailty may be more by design than anything else in keeping with the beautiful lush arrangement. This is a far cry from his work with Parliament! Theo Primas is the guest Saxophonist, and he really makes a great track rather greater for his presence. He really is enjoying himself on the cover of the 1966 hit “Expressway To Your Heart”. This colourful character was a good choice to cover this song. Having heard what a wild bunch the Soul Survivors were in the studio it was a great choice! With the racy, happy “Love Train” Bobby Taylor still has the magic, and Messrs Sigler and Hurtt are dead ringers for the O'Jays! My love and admiration towards Lamont Dozier knows no boundaries and his cut of Teddy P's “Close The Door” is SUPERB. This is a song that makes the whole 2-CD set worth the $29.99 price tag on CD Baby alone. The genius sounds as great now as ever. Its so warming to hear so many legends sounding artistically undiminished today.

As I said, this is recorded history. Especially since I learned that this is the final work of Joe Hunter, an original member of the Funk Brothers. He passed away last friday, and as far as I know this is the last project he worked on. You can hear him on the Motown disc, especially on the intro to George Clinton's "love won't let me wait". This is an unique project and I am so pleased that so many legends were able to come together to do this. My only gripes are that I wish that strings had been available, and that we had more definitive Philly and Motown sounds. But who am I to judge those who were the pioneers of the genres?! Essential.


full o soul
fantastic cd to hear all my fav songs done by my fav artists all i can say roll on the next one peace n love
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