Philadelphia International All Stars – Let´s Clean Up The Ghetto (1977) – Lp
In the late 70’s, In an effort to draw attention to rejuvenating the ghettos of Philadelphia, Kenneth Gamble put together an album of Philadelphia International’s biggest acts on Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto in 1977.
Artist: Philadelphia International All Stars
Title: Let´s Clean Up The Ghetto
Catalog# PIR 82198
Issued in July 1977 as Let’s Clean Up the Ghetto by the Philadelphia International All-Stars, this is one of Philly soul’s most socially aware efforts. The album’s title track was a coming together of artists signed to Gamble & Huff‘s Philadelphia International Records: Lou Rawls, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, Teddy Pendergrass, Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, and Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O’Jays. The compelling track with its “we’re on the move” bassline went to number four R&B, number 91 pop on Billboard’s charts in summer 1977. The profits were allotted to a charity program. Even though the rest of the LP consists of various unreleased tracks, the result is consistent. The brassy “The Big Gangster” by the O’Jays got airplay as an album track. Other highlights are the fervent “Now Is the Time to Do It” by Teddy Pendergrass; the buoyant, optimistic “New World Comin'” by Billy Paul‘ and Archie Bell & the Drells‘ celebration of seniors, “Old People,” produced by Bunny Sigler.
1. Lou Rawls – Trade Winds (3:48)
2. The Philadelphia International All-Stars – Let’s Clean Up The Ghetto (8:42)
3. Dee Dee Sharp Gamble – Ooh Child (3:32)
4. Teddy Pendergrass – Now Is The Time (3:42)
5. Three Degrees, The – Year Of Decision (2:34)
1. The O’Jays – The Big Gangster (3:50)
2. Billy Paul – New Day, New World Comin’ (4:30)
3. Archie Bell & The Drells – Old People (3:45)
4. Intruders – Save The Children (4:12)
5. Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes – Everybody’s Talkin’ (3:51)