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.