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"The Best Of The Delfonics"
© Arista Records
Year of Release: 1984
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
(Blow Your Mind
You Are Gone
When You Get Right
Down To It
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"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.
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