We’re at the back end of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Philadelphia International label but the music keeps coming. Latest instalment though is more a tribute to one of Philly’s biggest names rather than the label itself. Artist in the spotlight here is a certain TEDDY PENDERGRASS… the one time drummer who came to power Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes before enjoying a stellar solo career – sadly cut too short aged just 59.
bbe Records are gearing up to release a Teddy P tribute, aptly named ‘The Voice’. What makes this collection a little different though is that this is a remix package and to make it extra special the remixes have been entrusted to pioneering engineer/mixer and self-confessed Philly freak JOHN MORALES!
Big John has been given 18 Teddy fronted tunes (7 with the Blue Notes and 11 solo) and with his usual skill and flair he re-presents them in extended, re-imagined fashion. A respecter of the original classics, Morales takes few liberties – he simply extends the magic, highlights the hooks and, most importantly, allows the spotlight to stay on that remarkable voice (and let’s not forget, either, the wonderful Gamble/Huff and team arrangements and productions.
You can probably guess the track titles – no real surprises here but wonderful to have them presented like this – full frontal glory!
‘John Morales presents Teddy Pendergrass “The Voice” remixed with Philly Love’ will be released by bbe records on 25th February in triple vinyl and double CD formats.