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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. I Dig You Baby-THE AMBASSADORS
5. (Put a Dime On) D-9
6. Brand New Start-WINFIELD...
7. Catch Him, Love-BARBARA MASON
8. Carfare Back-HERB JOHNSON
9. (It's Against) The Laws of...
10. Yes I'm Ready-BARBARA MASON
11. Girl I Love You-THE TEMPTONES
12. Heartaches-THE ROTATIONS
13. Dedicated To the One I Love
14. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of...
15. (It's Against) The Laws of...
16. Don't Lose This Love-KENNY...
17. Anything You Want-KENNY HAMBER
18. (Girls Have Feelings) Just...
19. Ain't No Big Thing (But...
20. (Put a Nickel On) D-9
21. Ain't It Baby-KENNY GAMBLE...
Disc 2

22. Ain't Gonna Cry (Over One...
23. Peace of Mind-THE ROYAL FIVE
24. A Changed Man-THE ROTATIONS
25. Come To Me-BARBARA MASON
26. No Doubt About It-THE TIFFANYS
27. Happiest Girl in the...
28. (I'll Just) Keep On...
29. Lover Boy-THE TIFFANYS
30. Good-Bye-THE TEMPTONES
31. Do What You Wanna' Do-DEE...
32. Anything You Want-KENNY HAMBER
33. (You Better) Go Now-HONEY...
34. Soul Groove-1-TEDDY AND THE...
35. I Really Love You-THE...
36. A.W.O.L. (Away Without...
37. Sunday Kind of Love-HONEY...
38. It Takes Two-KENNY GAMBLE
39. Fat Daddy-KENNY GAMBLE...
40. Whisper You Love Me,...
41. Ain't It Baby...
42. Go Away-HAROLD MELVIN & THE...
Disc 3

43. What Can A Man Do-HAROLD...
44. These Arms of Mine-KENNY...
45. Soul Groove-2-TEDDY AND THE...
46. My Oh My-BILLY FLOYD
47. Love Addict-HONEY AND THE BEES
48. Ain't Got the Love (Of One...
49. Dynamite Exploded-HONEY AND...
50. You Better Stop It-BARBARA...
51. Over The Tracks-DELLA HUMPHREY
52. Step By Step-CINDY GIBSON
53. Storm Warning-VOLCANOS
54. I'm Confessin'-HONEY AND...
55. I Need Love-BARBARA MASON
56. Bobby, Is My Baby-BARBARA...
57. The Blood-I-LANE RELATIONS
58. Something Good-THE TEMPTONES
59. Ain't Got Noboduy-BARBARA...
60. I'll Be There-HONEY AND THE...
61. Together Forever-HONEY AND...
62. Storm Warning-THE AMBASSADORS
Disc 4

63. (If You Could See Through)...
64. Baby, Do That Thing-HONEY...
65. Will You Love Me...
66. Find My Baby-I-THE THREE...
67. Sax on the Track (I'd...
68. Take Me For What I Am-JACK...
69. Don't Stop Loving Me-KENNY...
70. If I Had A Hammer-LANE...
71. Hello Baby-BARBARA MASON
72. You Can Depend on...
73. (I Can Feel Your Love)...
74. Music (Makes You Wanna...
75. Shake That Thing-WINFIELD...
76. The Rock-THE COMBO KINGS
77. Love Me-TIFFANYS
78. Baby-VOLCANOS
79. Make Your Move-VOLCANOS
80. Keep Him-BARBARA MASON
81. Sad, Sad Girl-BARBARA MASON
82. Gloomy Day-HERB JOHNSON
Disc 5

83. Cleaning Up Here-LANE...
84. Help Wanted-VOLCANOS
85. How Can I Win Your...
86. Is It Me?-BARBARA MASON
87. Ya Ya-MIKE AND IKE
88. Move This Thing-2-MARY DE...
89. He's There-BROCKINGTON...
90. Game of Love-BARBARA MASON
91. Say These Words of Love-THE...
92. Oh, How It Hurts-BARBARA MASON
93. I'm Yours and You're...
94. I Don't Want To Lose...
95. Why Do You Hurt The One Who...
96. Half A Love-BARBARA MASON
97. I'm No Good For You-BARBARA...
98. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
99. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
100. I Can't Believe You Love...
101. Take It Easy (With My...
102. You Never Loved Me (At...
Disc 6

103. Happy Girl-BARBARA MASON
104. Mr. Charlie
105. Let's Wait Until Dark-DELLA...
106. Find My Baby-II-THE THREE...
107. He's Got To Love Me-BARBARA...
108. I'm At My Best When I'm...
109. I Only Have Eyes For...
110. fallin' Star-WINFIELD PARKER
111. Down By the Seashore-KENNY...
112. Everything on Earth-LANE...
113. If You Don't (Love Me, Tell...
114. How Can I Win Your Love...
115. One Time Is Forever-HONEY...
116. Don't Ever Want To Lose...
117. How I Got...
118. How I Got...
119. There You Go Again-JACK AND...
120. Turn On Your Love...
121. The Jokes On You-KENNY GAMBLE

45's
122. In the Dark-LANE RELATIONS
123. Poor Girl in...
124. You're Number One-THE VOLCANOS
125. The Blood-II-LANE RELATIONS
126. Move This Thing-1-MARY DE...
127. I Feel The Spirit...
128. Don't Make The Good Girls...
129. Your Love Is All I...
130. Time, Made You Change (Your...
131. I Love You Just the...
132. Girls Have Feelings...
133. Down By the Seashore...


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