‘After you listen, you’re cooler’: the incredible women of Philly Soul

‘After you listen, you’re cooler’: the incredible women of Philly Soul

The Guardian

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On the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records, the often underappreciated women of the label talk about their legacy

A true music fan can recognise it the minute they hear it: the sound of Philadelphia International Records. It was a mixture of creamy strings, punching horns, snaking bass lines and fulsome melodies all combined to create something at once complex and light – a sonic soufflé fired by soul.

To singer Jean Carn, who recorded three albums for the label, “Philly Soul was even more than a sound. It was a genre,” she said. “How many labels can say they started a genre?”

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