MFSB, Love Is The Message (1973)
My memory is going. I bought this not all that long ago – but already I can’t remember where I found it or quite when I got it. I remember feeling good just about seeing the cover and then when I dropped the needle I felt the magic that you only ever feel when deep down in the groove of Philly Soul. MFSB (aka Mother Father Sister Brother), the house band for so many of those great records under the control of Philadelphia International Records (The Spinners, The O’Jays, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Wilson Pickett, Billy Paul and all the others – those deep and wonderful Gamble and Huff productions).
I’m sure there are plenty of these around but it just felt like a find; My Find! And when I got it back home and played it over and again I also fell deeply in love with the cover. Just a brilliant cover. Trippy, hypnotic. But even if I didn’t have the cover and only had the music I’d feel pretty good and pretty warm inside whenever I heard this. How could you not? Sometimes I think this is the greatest music ever – and not only that but almost like nothing else matters. Then I hear other things I love and remember we’re truly spoiled for/by choice. We’re so lucky. There’s so much magic in this world. And a lot of it finds its way to us via the stereo, eh?
Sample Track: Love Is The Message
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