Great news for dis­co fanat­ics: Tom Moulton, the patron saint of dis­co and the inven­tor of the 12-inch remix, has put togeth­er some new remix­es of vin­tage label for the Harmless Records label.  The remix col­lec­tion is called Philly Re-Grooved and fea­tures Moulton apply­ing his mix-mag­ic to a batch of tunes orig­i­nal­ly released on the Philly Groove label dur­ing the 1970’s.  The track selec­tion includes some pre-Salsoul clas­sics by First Choice and even a track from the sound­track of the disco/horror/comedy brain-melter Nocturna!  Read on for all the mag­i­cal mir­ror­ball details…

PHILLY RE-GROOVED:THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES

RELEASED AUG 30TH
LABEL: HARMLESS (100th RELEASE!)

TRACKLISTING:

1. “We’re On The Right Track” by Ultra High Frequency (fea­tur­ing Ben Aiken) – 6:36
2. “Armed And Extremely Dangerous” by First Choice – 6:34
3. “I Told You So” by The Delfonics – 5:44
4. “This Is The House (Where Love Died)” by First Choice – 6:41
5. “Big Stone Wall (Around Your Heart) ” by Tapestry – 4:17
6. “Let Us Entertain You” by The Philly Groove Orchestra (fea­tur­ing First Choice) – 7:00
7. “Second Best (Is Never Enough) by Finishing Touch – 5:15

8. “Gotta Get Away” by First Choice – 7:44
9. “Ruby Lee” by Nat Turner (fea­tur­ing Major Harris) – 4:43
10. “Gonna Keep On Lovin’ Him” by First Choice – 4:34
Bonus Tracks:

11. “Don’t Put Me Down” by Finishing Touch – 9:09
12. “Whatcha Gonna Do” by Heaven ’n Hell – 9:49

It was always a mag­i­cal moment buy­ing the lat­est vinyl release and see­ing the words ‘A Tom Moulton Mix’ at the bot­tom of the label lead­ing to an air of antic­i­pa­tion. That excite­ment of what one was about to hear know­ing that the mix would add a touch of class that would expand on what the orig­i­nal ver­sion would have sound­ed like. Tom can, quite lit­er­al­ly, add the Phiilly sound to just about any track he is given to remix. His genius made him his name’ Steve Handbury – extract from the sleeve notes

Well, it’s a his­toric occa­sion and when the folks at Harmless realised they were com­ing up to their 100th release they knew it bet­ter be some­thing spe­cial…

Already one of the most antic­i­pat­ed releas­es of the year by the dis­co afi­ciona­dos, “Philly Re-Grooved: The Tom Moulton Remixes” puts the world’s great­est and most respect­ed vet­er­an mix­er of all time with one of the first labels which catered to the emerg­ing Disco sound of the ear­ly 1970’s – Philly Groove.

Philly Groove explod­ed onto the world stage with a huge brace of hits for the Delfonics then sub­se­quent­ly fol­lowed through with the inter­na­tion­al smash “Armed & Extremely Dangerous” by First Choice which well and tru­ly ush­ered the Disco age into world­wide con­scious­ness. Philly Groove fol­lowed through with a slew of beau­ti­ful­ly record­ed gems from the likes of Tapestry, Nat Turner (fea­tur­ing Major Harris), Finishing Touch and fur­ther Disco smash­es from First Choice, The Delfonics and the Philly Groove Orchestra (essen­tial­ly M.F.S.B. under anoth­er name).

However most of Philly Groove’s pres­ti­gious out­put was released before the 12 inch for­mat was invent­ed (co-inci­den­tal­ly by Tom Moulton him­self). When the oppor­tu­ni­ty arose for Tom Moulton to go back to the orig­i­nal 2” mas­ters of the­se ear­ly Disco gems and remix them he jumped at the oppor­tu­ni­ty. So final­ly we are treat­ed to the full glo­ry of the Philly Groove cat­a­logue remixed for the full 12” ver­sions by the mas­ter him­self. THAT’S why it is Harmless’ 100th release!

Also includes the hard-to-find “We’re On The Right Track” by Ultra High Frequency and two fan­tas­tic bonus tracks which are blow­ing up on UK Radio and Club’s right now – the won­der­ful “Don’t Put Me Down” by Finishing Touch and the utter­ly sen­sa­tion­al “Whatcha Gonna Do” – Heaven n’ Hell which will be one of the sound­tracks to Summer 2010!

There will be much inter­est in Philly remix projects through this Summer fol­low­ing Dimitri From Paris’s “Get Down With Philly Sound” album out in May and Tom Moulton’s “Philly Re-Grooved” out on August 30th so make sure you’re in the loop!