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COOLER THAN ICE

THE ARCTIC RECORDS STORY

  • Both Sides of every single release
  • 6 JAM-PACKED CDS recorded from the master tapes
  • 6 terrific collectible 45s of unissued releases
  • 48-page book tells the whole story
  • Plus many unique ARTIST PHOTOS


Cooler Than Ice: Arctic Records and the Rise of Philly Soul

Jamie 3929-1647780392910
List price $149.98

 


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Founded by WDAS program director/deejay Jimmy Bishop in conjunction with Jamie/Guyden Records in 1964, Arctic Records was one of Philadelphia’s most important early soul labels, greatly influencing the subsequent rise of Philly soul.

Barbara Mason’s classic “Yes, I’m Ready” was the label’s biggest seller in 1965; she quickly became Arctic’s flagship artist, making a slew of splendid followups as well. Kenny Gamble gained invaluable experience at Arctic, not just as a songwriter and producer but as a smooth-voiced singer. Arctic hosted the Volcanos and the Ambassadors, two of the City of Brotherly Love’s finest male vocal groups, and the sexy, sultry Honey & the Bees. Daryl Hall got his start at Arctic as lead tenor with blueeyed soulsters the Temptones; Della Humphrey’s debut Arctic single hit when she was barely in her teens. Add vocalists Kenny Hamber, Winfield Parker, and Herb Johnson; inspired one-offs by Cindy Gibson, Dee Dee Barnes, and Billy Floyd, and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in their pre-Teddy days, and what you end up with is an incredibly consistent Philly soul label, from its inaugural girl group issue by the Tiffanys to the stirring Royal Five 45 that closed out Arctic’s release schedule.

Surely the soul boxed set of the year, The Arctic Records Story contains both sides of every single Arctic pressed up, including many that haven’t seen light of day in any format since their original release, spread across six CDs. Three singles on Arctic’s short-lived Frantic subsidiary by the Rotations and the Three Strangers are onboard as bonus tracks, bringing the box’s total selections to 120 songs. Dyedin- the-wool vinyl aficionados will delight in the half-dozen actual 45s included in this package, both sides of each one freshly unearthed from the Jamie/Guyden vaults. Comprehensive track-by-track liner notes include newly conducted interviews with Arctic’s stars, along with full release information and plenty of photos.

Arctic Records helped define Philadelphia soul. This box is so cool that it’s ice!

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Song Titles
Disc 1

1. Chains of Love-KENNY GAMBLE
2. Doctor Love-THE AMBASSADORS
3. A Lady's Man-VOLCANOS
4. (Put a Dime On) D-9
5. Brand New Start-WINFIELD...
6. I Dig You Baby-THE AMBASSADORS
7. Carfare Back-HERB JOHNSON
8. (It's Against) The Laws of...
9. Catch Him, Love-BARBARA MASON
10. Yes I'm Ready-BARBARA MASON
11. Girl I Love You-THE TEMPTONES
12. Dedicated To the One I Love
13. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of...
14. Heartaches-THE ROTATIONS
15. (It's Against) The Laws of...
16. Don't Lose This Love-KENNY...
17. (Girls Have Feelings) Just...
18. Anything You Want-KENNY HAMBER
19. Ain't Gonna Cry (Over One...
20. Peace of Mind-THE ROYAL FIVE
21. Ain't It Baby-KENNY GAMBLE...
Disc 2

22. Ain't No Big Thing (But...
23. A Changed Man-THE ROTATIONS
24. No Doubt About It-THE TIFFANYS
25. Happiest Girl in the...
26. Come To Me-BARBARA MASON
27. (I'll Just) Keep On...
28. (Put a Nickel On) D-9
29. Lover Boy-THE TIFFANYS
30. Good-Bye-THE TEMPTONES
31. Do What You Wanna' Do-DEE...
32. Sunday Kind of Love-HONEY...
33. It Takes Two-KENNY GAMBLE
34. Fat Daddy-KENNY GAMBLE...
35. Whisper You Love Me,...
36. What Can A Man Do-HAROLD...
37. Anything You Want-KENNY HAMBER
38. These Arms of Mine-KENNY...
39. (You Better) Go Now-HONEY...
40. Soul Groove-1-TEDDY AND THE...
41. Soul Groove-2-TEDDY AND THE...
42. My Oh My-BILLY FLOYD
Disc 3

43. I Really Love You-THE...
44. Love Addict-HONEY AND THE BEES
45. Dynamite Exploded-HONEY AND...
46. You Better Stop It-BARBARA...
47. A.W.O.L. (Away Without...
48. Storm Warning-VOLCANOS
49. I'm Confessin'-HONEY AND...
50. Ain't It Baby...
51. I Need Love-BARBARA MASON
52. Bobby, Is My Baby-BARBARA...
53. The Blood-I-LANE RELATIONS
54. Go Away-HAROLD MELVIN & THE...
55. Ain't Got Noboduy-BARBARA...
56. I'll Be There-HONEY AND THE...
57. Ain't Got the Love (Of One...
58. Together Forever-HONEY AND...
59. Storm Warning-THE AMBASSADORS
60. Over The Tracks-DELLA HUMPHREY
61. Will You Love Me...
62. Step By Step-CINDY GIBSON
Disc 4

63. Don't Stop Loving Me-KENNY...
64. If I Had A Hammer-LANE...
65. Hello Baby-BARBARA MASON
66. Something Good-THE TEMPTONES
67. Music (Makes You Wanna...
68. (If You Could See Through)...
69. Baby, Do That Thing-HONEY...
70. Find My Baby-I-THE THREE...
71. The Rock-THE COMBO KINGS
72. Love Me-TIFFANYS
73. Sad, Sad Girl-BARBARA MASON
74. Cleaning Up Here-LANE...
75. Help Wanted-VOLCANOS
76. How Can I Win Your...
77. Is It Me?-BARBARA MASON
78. Sax on the Track (I'd...
79. Move This Thing-2-MARY DE...
80. Game of Love-BARBARA MASON
81. Oh, How It Hurts-BARBARA MASON
82. I Don't Want To Lose...
Disc 5

83. (I Can Feel Your Love)...
84. Half A Love-BARBARA MASON
85. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
86. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
87. I Can't Believe You Love...
88. Take It Easy (With My...
89. You Never Loved Me (At...
90. Shake That Thing-WINFIELD...
91. Happy Girl-BARBARA MASON
92. Mr. Charlie
93. Let's Wait Until Dark-DELLA...
94. Find My Baby-II-THE THREE...
95. He's Got To Love Me-BARBARA...
96. I'm At My Best When I'm...
97. I Only Have Eyes For...
98. fallin' Star-WINFIELD PARKER
99. Baby-VOLCANOS
100. Make Your Move-VOLCANOS
101. Keep Him-BARBARA MASON
102. Gloomy Day-HERB JOHNSON
Disc 6

103. Everything on Earth-LANE...
104. If You Don't (Love Me, Tell...
105. How Can I Win Your Love...
106. One Time Is Forever-HONEY...
107. Don't Ever Want To Lose...
108. Ya Ya-MIKE AND IKE
109. How I Got...
110. How I Got...
111. Take Me For What I Am-JACK...
112. There You Go Again-JACK AND...
113. Turn On Your Love...
114. The Jokes On You-KENNY GAMBLE
115. In the Dark-LANE RELATIONS
116. Poor Girl in...
117. You're Number One-THE VOLCANOS
118. The Blood-II-LANE RELATIONS
119. Move This Thing-1-MARY DE...
120. I Feel The Spirit...
121. He's There-BROCKINGTON...

45's
122. You Can Depend on...
123. Say These Words of Love-THE...
124. I'm Yours and You're...
125. Why Do You Hurt The One Who...
126. Don't Make The Good Girls...
127. Your Love Is All I...
128. Time, Made You Change (Your...
129. I'm No Good For You-BARBARA...
130. I Love You Just the...
131. Girls Have Feelings...
132. Down By the Seashore-KENNY...
133. Down By the Seashore...


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