‘Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia’ Concert Series Premieres Tonight!

Press Release                                                            Source: Legacy Recordings

‘Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia,’ Part One of a Two-Part PBS Television Special Celebrating the Classic Philly Soul of Gamble & Huff, Set to Premiere Thanksgiving Weekend
Wednesday November 26, 6:00 am ET

Classic Philly Soul Concert Revue – Recorded Live in High Definition at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City – Showcases Music From The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, The Delfonics, The Intruders, Jerry Butler, Bunny Sigler, Three Degrees, The Soul Survivors, Jean Carne, G.C. Cameron, The TSOP Orchestra & More

Leon Huff (l) and Kenny Gamble (r)

Leon Huff (l) and Kenny Gamble (r)

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Part one of “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” — a two-part PBS television special celebrating the enduring musical legacy of the mythic musical production/songwriting duo Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and the entire family of Philadelphia International Records artists — will premiere Thanksgiving weekend through PBS affiliates nationwide, with subsequent airings across-the-country during the PBS December Pledge Week (please check your local listings).

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Beginning late November, “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” will air in a variety of major markets across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Oakland-San Jose, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Minneapolis and more (please see more complete listings following). For more information, please visit phillysoulclassics.com

Gamble & Huff are best-known as the creators of the classic Philly Soul Sound that began dominating music and radio charts in the early 1970s and continues to thrive into the 21st century.

A cornerstone event in Legacy Recordings’ monumental Philly Soul reissue project, “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” was filmed during an historic live concert showcasing some of the greatest music and musicians in the Philadelphia International Records catalog, including The O’Jays, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, The Delfonics, The Intruders, Jerry Butler, Bunny Sigler, Three Degrees, The Soul Survivors, Jean Carne, G.C. Cameron, and The Sound Of Philadelphia Orchestra.

The “Love Train” concert was lensed in front of a live audience on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the landmark Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, documented in High Definition with a 11 camera set-up and state-of-the-art audio reproduction.

Performances on part one of the “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” concert specials include “TSOP” (TSOP Orchestra with The Three Degrees), “The Love I Lost” (Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes), “Expressway to Your Heart” (Soul Survivors), “I’m Stone In Love With You” (Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics), “I Love Music” (The O’Jays), “Rubberband Man” (G.C. Cameron), “Me & Mrs. Jones” (Bunny Sigler), “Used To Be My Girl” (The O’Jays), “Wake Up Everybody” (Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes), “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” (Bunny Sigler, Jean Carne, The Three Degrees), “Never Gonna Give You Up” (Jerry Butler), “La La Means I Love You” (The Delfonics) and “People Get Ready / Love Train” (The O’Jays).

“Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” is an unprecedented musical experience, the most comprehensive cavalcade of Philly Soul icons ever. Combining dramatic sets and vibrant lighting, inspired by the design aesthetic of Philadelphia International Records’ classic album covers, with a non-stop succession of electrifying performances, “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” provides a 21st century venue for one of the greatest soul revues in concert history, a high energy tribute to the immortal sights and sounds of Philly Soul.

The “Love Train” Pledge Week broadcasts will offer PBS subscribers an expanded “Love Train” companion DVD as well as selections from the Legacy Recordings/Philadelphia International Records reissue catalog.

The “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” DVD will include bonus tracks and an exclusive documentary covering the Gamble & Huff collaboration which has so deeply influenced popular music and culture over the past five decades.

A second one-hour “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” special will be scheduled for pledge broadcast in 2009.

2008 has shaped up as a banner year in the phenomenal careers of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the newly-named Ahmet Ertegun Award (formerly the “non-performer category”) at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 10, 2008. In its review of the ceremony, the San Francisco Chronicle praised Gamble & Huff for creating a “melodic, luxurious sound — perfect for a world switching from mono to stereo — (that) was consistent no matter which artist they produced.”

http://www.Bremagazine.com headlined a piece, “Gamble & Huff Legacy Impacts 2008 Grammys” noting that “Grammy winner Kanye West — ho was nominated for Album of the Year, Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album — incorporated Edwin Birdsong’s ‘Cola Bottle Baby’ into the track ‘Stronger’ form his album ‘Graduation. Michael Buble performed ‘Me & Mrs. Jones’ on ‘Call Me Irresponsible,’ a nominee for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Keyshia Cole included a sample of the O’Jays’ ‘She’s Only A Woman’ on ‘Just Like You,’ a nominee for the Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy.”

In its review of “Conquer The World: the Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records,” the influential music magazine Blender (May 2008) summed up the profound effect of Gamble & Huff’s music in a simple succinct phrase: “Motown had polish, Stax had grit, but Philly International had it all.”

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Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia – PBS Premieres

Date/Time                Market                    Station
Sat 11/29 – 8:30pm       Los Angeles               KOCE
Sat 11/29 – 7:00pm       Boston                    WGBH 2
Sat 11/29 – 9:30pm       Boston                    WGBH 44
Sat 11/29 – 7:30pm       Chicago                   WYIN
Sat 11/29 – 8:00pm       Philadelphia              WHYY
Sat 11/29 – 9:30pm       Atlanta, GA               WGTV
Sat 11/29 – 9:00pm       Washington, DC            WFPT
Sat 11/29 – 9:00pm       Washington, DC            WWPB
Sat 11/29 – 9:00pm       Detroit, MI               WTVS
Sat 11/29 – 11:00am      Tampa-St Petersburg       WEDU
Sat 11/29 – 8:30pm       Minneapolis-St. Paul      TPT2

Sun 11/30 – 8:00pm       New Jersey                WNJB
Sun 11/30 – 8:00pm       New Jersey                WNJN
Sun 11/30 – 8:00pm       Philadelphia              WNJS
Sun 11/30 – 8:00pm       Philadelphia              WNJT
Sun 11/30 – 7:30pm       Atlanta, GA               WGTV
Sun 11/30 – 8:30pm       Phoenix, AZ               KAET
Sun 11/30 – 7:00pm       Minneapolis-St. Paul      TPT17

Mon 12/1 – 9:30pm        New York                  WLIW
Mon 12/1 – 8:00pm        Washington, DC            WETA

Tue 12/2 – 10:00pm       New York                  WNET

Wed 12/3 – 8:00pm        Philadelphia              WHYY

Thu 12/4 – 8:00pm        Atlanta, GA               WPBA

Fri 12/5 – TBD                Los Angeles, CA           KVCR

Sat 12/6 – 6:00pm         Oakland-St. Jose, CA      KRCB

Tue 12/9 – 9:30pm        Chicago, IL               WTTW
Tue 12/9 – 8:00pm        Tampa-St. Petersburg      WUSF

Sat 12/13 – 8:00pm       Oakland-St. Jose, CA      KCSM

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Additional markets, stations & air times TBA – Please check your local listings


Source: Legacy Recordings

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  1. Excellent! Thanks for the tip. I just saw this info and am watching it now. I’ve already seen the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes as well as the New Stylistics. They’re all looking and sounding great and it feels good to see & hear them during these times. This should be mandatory viewing for all artists, managers, musicians, performers and wanna-be’s!

    Thanks again for keeping us informed on quality programming and music!

  2. Hi Carl,

    It is a great show! I watched the premiere on Saturday night and plan to watch the repeat on Monday here on my local/DC PBS station.

    Yes, everyone looked and sounded great! I was up dancing just like the audience in attendance!I am so glad that PBS started and continues these concerts recognizing this great music. Tickets are a pretty penny to see these shows live, but recording them and airing them on TV and DVD is a wonderful thing! I will always be grateful to PBS for preserving this wonderful music!

    Talk to you soon.

  3. I just saw the airing of “Love Train TSOP” here in NYC and enjoyed it thoroughly.
    The whole production, from arrangements to performances, was compelling.
    Despite the absence of several of the original artists, the concert was riveting from beginning to end.

    The level of musicianship displayed by the orchestra was inspiring, and I was particularly inspired by the drummer’s ability to add pump, passion, and finesse all at once. Would anyone happen to know who the drummer for the concert is?

    Thanks for your website.


    • Well said Brett. You are right that not only were the vocal artists great but the full orchestra and backup singers were simply superb! I am hoping that the show will be repeated often. I can’t afford to purchase the DVD right now but repeated viewings of the concert is a must for me.

      Thank you for your visit.

      BTW I’ll google around to see if I can find anything on the drummer when I get home from work tonite.

  4. Thanks, Sondan. I appreciate the effort on my behalf and your thoughts.
    I’ve looked quite a bit on the net without success, but any help is
    greatly appreciated.

    Great site-one of the benefits of the www.

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