Thursday, 17 September 2020

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes ‎– Wake Up Everybody (1975)

Genre: Funk / Soul
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Epic, Legacy, Philadelphia International Records

Tracklist:
1.   Wake Up Everybody
2.   Keep On Lovin' You
3.   You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good
4.   Don't Leave Me This Way
5.   Tell The World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby
6.   To Be Free To Be Who We Are
7.   I'm Searching For A Love
Bonus Track
8.   Don't Leave Me This Way (A Tom Moulton Mix)

Credits:
Arranged By – Bobby Martin, Norman Harrisio
Producer – Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

Philly soul staples Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were in full swing on 1975's Wake Up Everybody. Sporting their trademark lush, string-laden production from Gamble and Huff (who also wrote about half the album's material), the smooth soul outfit delivers a mix of deep soul balladry and uptempo dance tracks. The title track, with its socially relevant messages, is a standout. There is no shortage of fine vocal performances all around, notably from Melvin and from future solo star Teddy Pendergrass.
Anthony Tognazzin / AllMusic