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Cooler Than Ice: Arctic Records and the Rise of Philly Soul

by Various Artists

This 6-CD box set has all 63 singles issued by Arctic and its subsidiary Frantic Records from 1964 to 1971, plus 6 45s of unreleased tracks by Barbara Mason, Kenny Gamble, The Ambassadors, with a 50-page history of the label with historic photos.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Philly Soul
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1. Happiest Girl in the World The Tiffanys
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2. Love Me The Tiffanys
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3. Girls Have Feelings Too Barbara Mason
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4. Come to Me Barbara Mason
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5. Baby The Volcanos
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6. Make Your Move The Volcanos
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7. Step By Step Cindy Gibson
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8. Whisper You Love Me, Boy Cindy Gibson
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9. Yes, I'm Ready Barbara Mason
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10. Keep Him Barbara Mason
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11. Storm Warning The Volcanos
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12. Down By the Seashore Kenny Gamble & the Floaters
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13. Down By the Seashore (Instru) Kenny Gamble & the Floaters
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14. Sad, Sad Girl Barbara Mason
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15. Gloomy Day Herb Johnson
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16. Carfare Back Herb Johnson
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17. Everything On Earth Lane Relations
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18. Cleaning Up Here Lane Relations
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19. Help Wanted The Volcanos
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20. If You Dont (Love Me, Tell Me So) Barbara Mason
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21. You Got What It Takes Barbara Mason
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22. How Can I Win Your Love Light Lunch & the Freeloader
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23. How Can I Win Your Love (Instru) Light Lunch & the Freeloader
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24. Ain't It Baby Kenny Gamble & the Romeos
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25. Ain't It Baby (Instru) Kenny Gamble & the Romeos
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26. (It's Against) the Laws of Love The Volcanos
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27. (It's Against) the Laws of Love (Instru) The Volcanos
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28. Is It Me? Barbara Mason
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29. Don't Ever Want to Lose Your Love Barbara Mason
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30. Ya Ya Mike & Ike
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31. Sax On the Tracks (I'd Rather Be Lonely) Mike & Ike
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32. I'm Confessin' Honey & the Bees
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33. One Time Is Forever Honey & the Bees
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34. How I Got Over Part 1 Brockington Chorale Ensemble
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35. How I Got Over Part 2 Brockington Chorale Ensemble
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36. I Need Love Barbara Mason
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37. Bobby Is My Baby Barbara Mason
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38. Take Me for What I Am Jack & Jill
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39. There You Go Again Jack & Jill
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40. Turn On Your Love Light Kenny Rossi
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41. Don't Lose This Love Kenny Rossi
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42. Don't Stop Loving Me Kenny Gamble
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43. The Jokes On You Kenny Gamble
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44. If I Had a Hammer Lane Relations
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45. In the Dark Lane Relations
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46. A Lady's Man Various Artists
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47. Poor Girl in Trouble Barbara Mason
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48. Hello Baby Barbara Mason
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49. Chains of Love Kenny Gamble
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50. (I'll Just) Keep On Smilin' Kenny Gamble
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51. You're Number 1 The Volcanos
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52. The Blood-Part I Lane Relations
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53. The Blood-Part II Lane Relations
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54. Girl I Love You The Temptones
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55. Good-Bye The Temptones
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56. Anything You Want Kenny Hamber
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57. Ain't Gonna Cry (Over One Girl) Kenny Hamber
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58. Move This Thing-Part 1 Mary De Loach
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59. Move This Thing-Part 2 Mary De Loach
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60. I Feel the Spirit Moving Brockington Chorale Ensemble
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61. He's There Brockington Chorale Ensemble
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62. You Can Depend On Me Barbara Mason
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63. Game of Love Barbara Mason
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64. Go Away Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
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65. What Can a Man Do Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
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66. Say These Words of Love The Temptones
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67. Something Good The Temptones
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68. Oh, How It Hurts Barbara Mason
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69. Ain't Got Nobody Barbara Mason
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70. Do What You Wanna' Do Dee Dee Barnes
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71. I'm Yours and You're Mine Dee Dee Barnes
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72. Looking for a Love Kenny Hambe
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73. These Arms of Mine Kenny Hambe
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74. I Don't Want to Lose You Barbara Mason
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75. Dedicated to the One I Love Barbara Mason
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76. (You Better) Go Now Honey & the Bees
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77. Why Do You Hurt the One Who Loves You Honey & the Bees
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78. (I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away Barbara Mason
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79. Half a Love Barbara Mason
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80. Soul Groove Part 1 Teddy & the Fingerpoppers
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81. Soul Groove Part 2 Teddy & the Fingerpoppers
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82. Don't Make the Good Girls Go Bad Della Humphrey
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83. Your Love Is All I Need Della Humphrey
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84. My Oh My Billy Floyd
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85. Time, Made You Change Your Mind Billy Floyd
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86. I'm No Good for You Barbara Mason
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87. Don't Ever Go Away Barbara Mason
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88. I Really Love You The Ambassadors
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89. I Can't Believe You Love Me The Ambassadors
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90. Take It Easy (With My Heart) Barbara Mason
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91. You Never Loved Me (At All) Barbara Mason
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92. Love Addict Honey & the Bees
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93. I'll Be There Honey & the Bees
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94. Ain't Got the Love (of One Girl On My Mind) The Ambassadors
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95. Music (Makes You Wanna Dance) The Ambassadors
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96. Shake That Thing Winfield Parker
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97. Brand New Start Winfield Parker
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98. Together Forever Honey & the Bees
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99. Dynamite Exploded Honey & the Bees
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100. I Dig You Baby The Ambassadors
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101. Storm Warning The Ambassadors
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102. You Better Stop It Barbara Mason
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103. Happy Girl Barbara Mason
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104. (Girls Have Feelings) Just Like the Boys Do Ella Humphrey
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105. Over the Tracks Ella Humphrey
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106. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You The Ambassadors
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107. A.W.O.L. (Away Without Love) The Ambassadors
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108. (If You Could See Through) the Eyes of a Black Man Jimmy Bishop
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109. Mr. Charlie Jimmy Bishop
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110. Sunday Kind of Love Honey & the Bees
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111. Baby, Do That Thing Honey & the Bees
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112. Will You Love Me Tomorrow Della Humphrey
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113. Let's Wait Until Dark Della Humphrey
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114. Ain't No Big Thing (but It's Growing) The Royal Five
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115. Peace of Mind (It's Just a Matter of Time) The Royal Five
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116. (Put a Dime On) D-9 The Rotations
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117. (Put a Nickel On) D-9 The Rotations
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118. Find My Baby-Part I Various Artists
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119. Find My Baby-Part II The Three Strangers
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120. A Changed Man The Three Strangers
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121. Heartaches The Rotations
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Spin Magazine

The Arctic Records label helped Philly Soul find its footing. Their complete discography of 121 sides,
spread over a six-disc box set, are raw, washed-out, occasionally sloppy — a young Kenny Gamble before he hopped on the love train, a young Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before you knew them by now —
essentially the sound of Philadelphia in the 10 years before "TSOP." The 27 tracks from dynamic soulstirrer Barbara Mason are the biggest victory here, tracing a slow evolution from the vulnerable, sugarysad,girl-group era ("Girls Have Feeling Too," the No. 5 hit "Yes, I'm Ready") to the assured, brassy tip of the funky '70s. We'd be remiss not to point out the inimitable tenor of a young Daryl Hall (yes, that Daryl Hall) levitating over the only four released sides from his circa-1967 white-boy soul crew the Temptones,when dude was doing straight Temptations-jacking sans the big bam booms.

Philadelphia Daily News
By Jonathan Takiff
“Cooler Than Ice: Arctic Records and the Rise of Philly Soul” (Arctic/Jamie-Guyden)
Major shout outs for this home-grown, six-disc megaset of long-lost music from the 1960s and ‘70s. Founded by former WDAS DJ and program director Jimmy Bishop, Arctic was a training site for many a local musician and producer who’d go on to really big things at Philadelphia International Records.
It’s got tracks from the lead singer of a group called Kenny Gamble and the Romeos. And there’s some songs featuring a certain tenor singing lead with the pale-skinned though R&B stylized Temptones—Pottstown’s very own Daryl Hall.
The distinctive Barbara Mason was Arctic’s star; often sonically dressed to the nines with lustrous string players (some plucked from the Philadelphia Orchestra) as she strove for a worthy follow-up to “I’m Ready.”
You’ll be equally taken with the stomping, Motown/Philly explosions of the Volcanos, sugar-pie cute Honey Bees and spiritual-meets-pop pioneering Lane Relations (produced by Bishop’s wife, Louise Williams).
Oh, and we were staggered by how much the vocal stylings of Cindy Gibson resembled what “complete original” Laura Nyro would put forth a few years later. Kudos to Bill Dahl for the deep-digging liner notes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sound of Philadelphia story is usually told through Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International soul label. Another chapter is added on Cooler Than Ice which gathers every single from 1964 to 1967 on the Arctic label founded by WDAS program director Jimmy Bishop. Arctic’s biggest hit was with teenage phenom Barbara Mason’s “Yes, I’m Ready” in 1965. The label was a proving ground for a number of artists, including Daryl Hall (known as Daryl Hohl when he was with the Temptones, who have four charming faux-Motown tunes here). Gamble struts his stuff in style as a singer with his bands the Romeos and Floaters. Essential for Philly Soul completists. (6 CDs, 6 vinyl 45s, $149.98)


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