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Lost Soul Gems: A collection of Philly soul that lives up to its name

William DeVaughn | Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan | via Slate.com
William DeVaughn | Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan | via Slate.com

While Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff orchestrated The Sound of Philadelphia with bands like Harold Melvin and The Bluenotes, Billy Paul, and MFSB on Philadelphia International Records, there was also some incredible soul music being made around the edges of the music scene here. The record label Sound Gems Records was one of those, and the label has just released an excellent compilation of Philly R&B and soul, Lost Soul Gems. Continue reading →