Len Barry | The Best of Philly Soul - Vol. 1

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The Best of Philly Soul - Vol. 1

by Len Barry

Blue-Eyed Philly Soul
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Introduction by Len Barry
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2. Do It Again
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3. I'll Always Need You
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4. I'm In Love
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5. Put Out The Fire
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6. Lazy Susan
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7. Keem-O-Sabe
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8. Love, Love, Love
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9. Girl You're Too Young
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10. Bob, Carol, Ted & Alice
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11. Spread It On Like Butter
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12. Happy Days
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13. christopher Columbus
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14. Now I'm Alone
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15. You're My Picasso Baby
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16. This Old World
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17. Funky Night
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18. In My Present State Of Mind
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19. Wouldn't It Be Beautiful
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Album Notes
Len Barry: The Best of Philly Soul, Vol. 1, features 18 songs (plus an intro) by the great, soulful artist, Len Barry. Len wrote and co-wrote 12 of the songs on the CD. Recorded between 1963 and 1970 (some of which have never been released until now), these songs show Len Barry's incredible talent with a style that was uniquely his own.

Len Barry achieved worldwide success with his #1 record, "1-2-3," written by Len and the record producing/songwriting team, John Madara & Dave White. What followed were two other smash hits, "Like A Baby," again written by Len and Madara & White, and "Somewhere," music by Leonard Bernstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. All three songs were produced by Madara & White.

Before going out on his own as a solo artist, Len Barry achieved success as the lead singer of The Dovells. They had several top 20 hits, including the #2 record, "Bristol stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down," which reached #3.

This one-of-a-kind CD is presented by John Madara, through That Philly Sound, which is dedicated to the music that came out of Philadelphia during the 50's and 60's. Besides co-writing with Len and producing "1-2-3," Madara & White wrote and produced such timeless classics as "At The Hop" (Danny and The Juniors), "The Fly" (Chubby Checker) and "You Don't Own Me" (Leslie Gore). These and countless other hits by Madara & White helped to create "The Sound Of Philadelphia."

This historical CD contains valuable information, when available, on the musicians who played on each song, the year the song was recorded and the studio where it was recorded. Two of the musicians were unknowns, Leon Huff and Daryl Hall, both discovered by John Madara, before they hooked up with Kenny Gamble and John Oates.

All songs have been digitally restored and digitally mastered.

Make this historical CD a part of your oldies record collection!

Please check out CD Baby for other CDs by That Philly Sound, and visit www.thatphillysound.com to learn more about Len Barry and other well-known Philly artists and groups. Thanks for your interest!

Philadelphia Music, Philly Music, Philly Soul, Soul Music, Soul, 50's music, 60's music, oldies


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Mart van de Stadt

Great CD to make my Philly collection more complete!
There's definitely more to listen to than "1,2,3" only. Great CD, perfectly mastered, with at least two mighty fine Sigma Sound-tracks (one in an arrangement/production of Thom Bell).

Some nice songs to make my Philly-collection more complete.


Love Love Love
Well you can't own the original lost LP, so make up for it with this great CD, it's worth it for the lost tracks "I'll Always need you" Len's version of Dean Courtney's classic 45, then there's Len's great version of Bobby Hebbs "Love Love Love", but top dog for me is the "I'm in love" track, this is spellbinding philly northern soul at it's very best, just why this didn't come out as a 45 is beyond me, but it's here now so do yourself a favour and buy it.

Jeff Gajewski

Great CD; Great Service.
This CD contained several songs I have spent years scouring the Internet for. They are available NOWHERE else, including such vendors as Amazon. com. Delivery extremely fast, had my CD 48-hours after placing order. Will definitely shop here again.

Dave Hayward

Great CD - worth it for You're My Picasso Baby alone.
Awsome CD, with the big 3 hard to get items for us Northern Soul fans, I'll Always Love You, I'm In Love and of course Len's great version of Bobby Hebbs' Love, Love, Love.
As a bonus there's also a favourite of mine, You're My Picasso Baby, which I've yet to find elsewhere.
If only Len's Decca singles were still available on CD - I'd be in heaven.

Alan Hardy

Excellent archive collection of philly pop and soul
Excellent archive material of interest to all soul and Philly fans. It's fascinating to learn how much Len Barry and John Madara were involved in the early development of soul in Philadelphia, along with Gamble, Huff, Bell and others. Some excellent songs - including Len's original versions of 'Love Love Love' (Bobby Hebb) and probably 'Lazy Susan' (Spinners, Little Anthony). Great mastering and interesting track info.


Great CD
Loved it - a great selection of Len Barry tracks unavailable elsewhere.