From the Vault...


The Delfonics
"The Best Of The Delfonics"

© Arista Records

Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • La-La Means I Love You
  • Break Your Promise
  • Ready Or Not Here I Come
  • You Got Yours
  • Trying To Make
    A Fool Of Me
  • Tell Me This Is A Dream
  • Didn't I
    (Blow Your Mind
    This Time)
  • I'm Sorry
  • You Are Gone
  • Hey Love
  • When You Get Right
    Down To It
  • Delfonics Theme

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

    The Delfonics related sites:
    The Delfonics Website
    Previous Review: #1461
    Dion--Inside Job/Only Jesus
    Next Review: #1463
    Quiet Riot--Metal Health
    The Delfonics
    "The Best Of The Delfonics"

    The Delfonics' most popular hit was from 1968, "La-La Means I Love You." Truly one of the best Soul songs from the late 1960s, it has been a '70s oldie staple. Having the 45 when I was younger, this song was playing regularly. However, I do not remember any other hits from this great talent from Philadelphia. William Hart, Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain were the original members. Producer Thom Bell co-wrote all the songs for The Delfonics, and he would shape another popular singing group in the same mold as The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and The Spinners. Of the two, The Delfonics would be compared more to the Stylistics. Both groups easily fitted the romantic Soul of the 1970s.

    The Best Of The Delfonics is a 12-track compilation of their work, and it's a fine collection of soulful songs easily fitting the great 1970s Soul/R&B hits. True, as I listen to this set, "La-La Means I Love You" is the only one that stands out. Their other hits included here were "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" (which was the title of a continuing volume series of popular Soul and R&B hits from the 1970s, released from Rhino Records, "Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)", and "Hey Love." Their beginnings began with Cameo Records, and once they were introduced to producer Thom Bell, the rest the say is history.

    Simply all the songs here captures the full Soulness of the Philadelphia Soul of the 1970s. With "La-La Means I Love You" being their biggest hit, two other songs have that "almost same melody": "Break Your Promise" and "I'm Sorry." As for the others, notice the Classical instrumentation on "Ready Or Not Here I Come." Interestng fact on this, on how expensive it was for assembling all of the instruments, Thom Bell stated that at the time, they couldn't really afford it, and he had pretty much played all the instruments himself. The remaining songs are the beautiful Soul sounds (from Philadelphia) from the 1970s decade. Mood setters, romantic backdrops, these songs will easily fit that romantic atmosphere.

    Different lineups would emerge around 1975, and continue throughout today. Two different Delfonic groups toured, as William Hart and Wilbert Hart would form their own "Delfonics," causing confusion, since there was never one group. Their music has been sampled by many acts, mostly from the Hip-Hop/Rap era. Their music would also be part of a Quentin Taratino movie (Jackie Brown), and used in a Grand Theft Auto V game.

    The romantic Soul is definitely the core of The Delfonics' music. "La-La Means I Love You" is the hit song everyone will remember, yet there are other songs that are greatly enjoyed here as well. Philadelphia produced many great Soul and R&B acts during the 1970s decade. The Delfonics' music is one of them.

    © All rights reserved. Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover art is the intellectual property of Arista Records and is used for reference purposes only.

    Previous Review: #1461
    Dion--Inside Job/Only Jesus
    Next Review: #1463
    Quiet Riot--Metal Health