October 29, 2007
Kent Soul

Album Review

The Delfonics were one of the first vocal groups that producer Thom Bell fitted with his trademark "Philly sound," and they were also one of the best, as well, adapting easily to the smooth, string-washed urban sophistication that went into Bell's arrangements. This set combines the group's first two LPs, 1968's La La Means I Love You and 1969's Sound of Sexy Soul, on one disc, along with a period bonus track, 1969's "You Got Yours and I'll Get Mine," and since both albums are of a piece, it makes for a perfect sonic and artistic pairing. The early hits are here, including the classic "La La Means I Love You," and the delicate and gorgeous "I'm Sorry," but some of the non-single tracks are also quite striking, particularly a revamping of Little Anthony & the Imperials' "Hurts So Bad," a quite passable take on Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar," and a mildly psychedelic and orchestrated rendition of "Scarborough Fair." The end result is both a fine introduction to one of Philadelphia's finest vocal groups as well as being a pleasant, uplifting listen from start to finish.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'm Sorry
  2. Break Your Promise
  3. The Shadow of Your Smile
  4. Hurt So Bad
  5. Losing You
  6. Alfie
  7. La Means I Love You
  8. You're Gone
  9. The Look of Love
  10. Can You Remember
  11. A Lover's Concerto
  12. Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)
  13. Let It Be Me
  14. Hot Dog (I Love You So)
  15. Loving Him
  16. Ain't That Peculiar
  17. With These Hands
  18. Face It Girl, It's Over
  19. Goin' out of My Head
  20. My New Love
  21. Somebody Loves You
  22. Scarborough Fair
  23. Everytime I See My Baby
  24. You Got Yours and I'll Get Mine [*]