The Sound Of Philadelphia Revue

A Shades of Soul Ltd Production

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Last Show: Thursday 29 th June 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

After countless sell out shows the Revue returns for another show. The revue will  take you on a journey through some of Philly’s countless hits from some of the world’s biggest artists. This Revue always is likely to sell fast, so book early to hear the best in classic soul from one  the most famous record labels in history – Philadelphia! The performance will feature many of the greatest hits of the era. The calibre of musicians in the  is second to none. Our band  have toured with greats such Brand New Heavies, The Impressions, Leroy Hutson, Barbara Mason, Jamiroquai, Deneice Williams, etc. The Sound of Philadelphia are comprised of London’s session elite, having toured with or recorded with Roy Ayers, Don Blackman, Lemar, Craig David, Earth Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai.

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Philadelphia soul, or Philly soul, was a form of soul music that came out of Philadelphia during the mid 1960s. It provided a smoother alternative to the deep soul of the 60s while maintaining the soul and emotion of popular R&B of the time. Philadelphia International Records was one of the most successful labels to capitalize on this new genre, and took it to the international stage with acts like the O'Jays and Teddy Pendergrass. Philly Soul is known for its incorporation of lush  arrangements , and often tells very personal and emotional stories. Philly Soul, with its driving rhythms, later became the inspiration from which the disco craze of the 70s was born.

It was famous for showcasing the Philadelphia soul music genre (also known as Philly soul) that was founded on the gospel, doo-wop, and soul music of the time. This Philly Soul sound later became a prominent and distinct era within R&B itself. During the 1970s the label released a string of worldwide hits which emphasized  heavy bass, and driving percussion. Some of their most popular and best selling acts included Patti LaBelle, The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, MFSB, Billy Paul, and Lou Rawls. Between 1971 and the early 80s, the label sold over 170 gold and platinum records.