Tag Archives: Sigma Sound Studios

GLORIA GAYNOR-PARK AVENUE SOUND.

GLORIA GAYNOR-PARK AVENUE SOUND. When Gloria Gaynor released her 1975 debut album Never Can Say Goodbye, it turned out to be a landmark album. Indeed Never Can Say Goodbye is one of the most important albums in the history of disco. Produced by the Disco Corporation Of America, remixer Tom Moulton transformed Side One of …

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THE O’JAYS IN PHILADELPHIA.

THE O’JAYS IN PHILADELPHIA. When Kenny Gamble saw first saw The O’Jays, they were on the same bill as The Intruders. This was October 1968. The Intruders just had the biggest hit of their career with Cowboys To Girls, which Kenny and Leon Huff cowrote. Despite this, it was The O’Jays that grabbed Kenny’s attention. …

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PHILLY RE-GROOVED 3-TOM MOULTON REMIXES.

PHILLY RE-GROOVED 3-TOM MOULTON REMIXES. Whether it’s music or life, there aren’t many people who can be described as both an innovator and visionary. That however, is fitting description of Tom Moulton, whose one of the most important figures in the history of dance music. During his career, Tom Moulton invented remix and the twelve-inch …

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M.F.S.B.-M.F.S.B.

M.F.S.B.-M.F.S.B. By 1973, Philadelphia International Records was well on the way to becoming one of the most successful record labels of all time, whilst supplying the soundtrack for the seventies, and a generation. Critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums started flowing out of Philadelphia. This included The O’Jays’ Backstabbers, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ …

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THE SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. For The Detroit Spinners, their 1977 album Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow would mark an end of an era for the group. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was Phillip Wynn’s final album as lead singer of The Detroit Spinners. This wasn’t the only thing to change. Unlike their five previous studio …

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THE TRAMMPS-DISCO INFERNO.

THE TRAMMPS-DISCO INFERNO. Eight months after The Trammps released Where The Happy People Go in April 1976, they released their third studio album Disco Inferno In December 1976. A year after The Trammps released Disco Inferno, which was rereleased by WEA Japan on 30th April 2013, their career was totally transformed. This transformation took place …

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BLUE MAGIC-MYSTIC DRAGONS.

BLUE MAGIC-MYSTIC DRAGONS The story of Blue Magic, is far from unique. Their eponymous debut album Blue Magic, released in January 1974, reached number forty-five in the US Billboard 200 and number four in the US R&B Charts. This resulted in Blue Magic being certified gold. Blue Magic featured the million-selling Philly Soul classic Sideshow, …

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THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS.

THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS. Nineteen years after The Spinners were formed in Detroit in 1954, commercial success and critical acclaim came their way. It had been a long time coming and many groups would’ve walked away from music. Luckily,  The Spinners were made of stronger stuff. Their determination and perseverance was eventually rewarded in 1973, when they released …

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THE TEMPTATIONS-HEAR TO TEMPT YOU.

THE TEMPTATIONS-HEAR TO TEMPT YOU. After The Temptations 1976 album The Temptations Do The Temptations, one of soul’s legendary groups found themselves at a musical crossroads. Their last three albums House Party, Wings of Love and The Temptations Do The Temptations hadn’t matched the commercial success that the albums released by The Temptations between 1965 …

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THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU.

THE MANHATTANS-THERE’S NO ME WITHOUT YOU. Like so many other groups, success took time to come The Manhattans’ way.  Indeed, The Manhattans released seven albums before making a commercial breakthrough with 1976s The Manhattans. It was certified gold, and 1977s It Feels So Good and 1980s After Midnight repeated the feat. However, before their 1976 …

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THE INTRUDERS-ENERGY OF LOVE.

THE INTRUDERS-ENERGY OF LOVE. Throughout The Intruders’ career, Gamble and Huff had played an important role in guiding their career. Similarly, The Intruders had proved important in the rise and rise of Gamble and Huff. Indeed, the success Gamble and Huff enjoyed with The Intruders had proved crucial in CBS backing their new label Philadelphia …

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FIRST CHOICE-SO LET US ENTERTAIN YOU.

FIRST CHOICE-SO LET US ENTERTAIN YOU. Ever since First Choice signed Stan Watson’s Philly Groove Records, they’d enjoyed commercial success. Guiding their career had been songwriter, guitarist and producer Norman Harris. Stan Watson, owner of First Choice’s label Philly Groove Records, had also played an important part in First Choice’s career. Norman had produced First …

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BARBARA MASON-TRANSITION.

BARBARA MASON-TRANSITION. When Barbara Mason signed to Buddah Records in 1973, she was already an experienced artist. Indeed, Philly born Barbara, released her debut single Trouble Child in 1964, on Crusader Records. Then in 1965, aged just eighteen, Barbara enjoyed the biggest single of her career, the classic, Yes, I’m Ready, which reached number five …

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GOODY GOODY-GOODY GOODY.

GOODY GOODY-GOODY GOODY. Often, looking back through musical history, one decision can change forever change a group or label’s future. Whether it was Gamble and Huff’s decision to allow their legendary house-band M.F.S.B. to leave Philadelphia International Records following a dispute with money, or Harold Melvin’s decision not give give Teddy Pendergrass equal billing in …

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TEDDY PENDERGRASS-THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS-THIS ONE’S FOR YOU. Ever since Teddy Pendergrass left Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, the success he’d enjoyed with his former group kept on coming. By 1981, Teddy had released five albums since his solo career started in 1977. From his 1977 debut album Teddy Pendergrass was certified platinum, Teddy cemented his reputation …

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THE DELLS-THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT!

THE DELLS-THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT! Twenty-five years after The Dells were founded in 1952, they released their sixteenth album, They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, But We Did It!, which will be rereleased by SoulMusic.Com on 16th April 2012. This was their second album for Mercury, after leaving Cadet …

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TEDDY PENDERGRASS-TEDDY.

TEDDY PENDERGRASS-TEDDY. Having left Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes to become a solo singer, things had been going well for Teddy by June 1979, when his third solo album was due for release. His two previous albums Teddy Pendergrass, released in June 1977, had reached number seventeen in the US Billboard 200 and number …

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