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

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)

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