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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
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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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