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

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

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

63. I'll Be There-HONEY AND THE...
64. Music (Makes You Wanna...
65. Together Forever-HONEY AND...
66. (If You Could See Through)...
67. Will You Love Me...
68. Find My Baby-I-THE THREE...
69. Gloomy Day-HERB JOHNSON
70. Cleaning Up Here-LANE...
71. One Time Is Forever-HONEY...
72. Sax on the Track (I'd...
73. Take Me For What I Am-JACK...
74. Don't Stop Loving Me-KENNY...
75. If I Had A Hammer-LANE...
76. Hello Baby-BARBARA MASON
77. You Can Depend on...
78. Say These Words of Love-THE...
79. You Never Loved Me (At...
80. Shake That Thing-WINFIELD...
81. Find My Baby-II-THE THREE...
82. The Rock-THE COMBO KINGS
Disc 5

83. Love Me-TIFFANYS
84. Baby-VOLCANOS
85. Make Your Move-VOLCANOS
86. Keep Him-BARBARA MASON
87. Sad, Sad Girl-BARBARA MASON
88. Everything on Earth-LANE...
89. Help Wanted-VOLCANOS
90. If You Don't (Love Me, Tell...
91. How Can I Win Your...
92. How Can I Win Your Love...
93. Is It Me?-BARBARA MASON
94. Don't Ever Want To Lose...
95. Ya Ya-MIKE AND IKE
96. How I Got...
97. There You Go Again-JACK AND...
98. Turn On Your Love...
99. The Jokes On You-KENNY GAMBLE
100. In the Dark-LANE RELATIONS
101. Poor Girl in...
102. You're Number One-THE VOLCANOS
Disc 6

103. The Blood-II-LANE RELATIONS
104. Move This Thing-1-MARY DE...
105. Move This Thing-2-MARY DE...
106. He's There-BROCKINGTON...
107. Game of Love-BARBARA MASON
108. Oh, How It Hurts-BARBARA MASON
109. I'm Yours and You're...
110. I Don't Want To Lose...
111. Why Do You Hurt The One Who...
112. Half A Love-BARBARA MASON
113. Don't Make The Good Girls...
114. Your Love Is All I...
115. Time, Made You Change (Your...
116. I'm No Good For You-BARBARA...
117. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
118. Don't Ever Go Away-BARBARA...
119. I Can't Believe You Love...
120. Take It Easy (With My...
121. Happy Girl-BARBARA MASON

45's
122. Mr. Charlie
123. Let's Wait Until Dark-DELLA...
124. He's Got To Love Me-BARBARA...
125. I'm At My Best When I'm...
126. I Only Have Eyes For...
127. I Love You Just the...
128. fallin' Star-WINFIELD PARKER
129. Girls Have Feelings...
130. Down By the Seashore-KENNY...
131. Down By the Seashore...
132. How I Got...
133. I Feel The Spirit...


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