The Delfonics – 1970 – The Delfonics

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 The Philly legends. 

Considered one of the first “silky and sweet” soul groups, pioneering a trend within the soul circles with the soft and lush male vocal harmonies in the first half of the 70’s. 
Most of their stuff was written by the legendary Philadelphia team Stan & Bell a.k.a. Thom Bell and Stan Watson as well as their lead vocalist William Hart

Their biggest hits “La-La (Means I Love You)”, the Grammy winning “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) and “Ready Or Not Here I Come” have been heavily sampled by numerous hip hop artists like Wu-Tang ClanNotorious B.I.G.NasBoyz II MenMissy Elliott and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince among others. 

Tracks
A1 Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 3:23
A2 Funny Feeling 2:26
A3 When You Get Right Down to It 2:51
A4 Baby I Love You 3:10
A5 Delfonics Theme (How Could You) 4:34
B1 Trying to Make a Fool of Me 3:06
B2 Down Is Up, Up Is Down 2:33
B3 Over and Over 3:09
B4 Think About Me 2:39
B5 I Gave to You 5:54

Although self-titled, The Delfonics was actually the fourth long-player for the Philly soul vocalists. The album would not only be the band’s entrée into the Top 100 pop album chart upon its release in 1970 — peaking at Number 61 — it would also sport five hit singles over the course of two years. The success came with a price, however, as the album would be among the final collaborative efforts between the original trio – which consisted of brothers William Hart and Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain – and their mentor Thom Bell. In two unrelated and evolutionary incidents, Cain would be replaced by Major Harris. While Bell – who was just beginning to receive the international acclaim so deserving of his work –would begin recording with the Spinners, Stylistics, and even established artists such as the O’Jays. All of the individual elements that helped create the distinctive “smooth grooves” sound synonymous with the Delfonics coalesce on this album with undeniable intensity. Indeed, the material has arguably never been stronger — with nine of the album’s ten tracks composed by either Thom Bell and/or William Hart. 

The performances are likewise ideally scored, incorporating string and brass sections without overpowering the vocal blend or seeming pretentious. Stylistically, the extroverted up-tempo arrangement on tracks such as the psychedelic “Funny Feeling” is equally as potent as the intimate ballad “I Gave to You“. Several sides on this disc are among the group’s best-known works, as well as definitive entries into the distinct Philly-brand soul music scene. The leadoff track, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)“, would not only become a staple of Top 40 and R&B radio in 1970, but nearly two decades later inspired the 20-volume soul music compilation Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn’t It Blow Your Mind. Additional crossover pop/R&B chart hits include: “Over & Over“, “Trying to Make a Fool of Me“, and “When You Get Right Down to It.” The Delfonics also includes several “sleeper” tracks that would remain somewhat obscured by the overwhelming strength of the rest of the album.

It was not until the disc was issued on CD by Buddha Records in 2001 that “Delfonics’ Theme (How Could You)” – a timeless showcase for the unmistakable, soaring falsetto of William Hart – as well as the slinky syncopation of Hart’s “Think About Me” were rediscovered. Again, considering the power of the rest of the release, it is easy to see how they were relegated to becoming deep cuts. 

You can also enjoy their 1968 debut “La La Means I Love you” in our back pages here.

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21 Comments
  • KeeNee
    Posted at 23:32h, 23 March 2014 Reply

    Another great album bringing back those wonderful memories in time! Priceless!

  • Fernando
    Posted at 00:04h, 24 March 2014 Reply

    Hermoso!! Classic oldies d lo mejor!!

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 10:10h, 24 March 2014 Reply

    You don’t need to be Tarantino to like this album … thanks again!

  • Eddie
    Posted at 22:59h, 24 March 2014 Reply

    Thank you!

  • Kim
    Posted at 00:36h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    Nodding my head and groovin’ to the beat…..

  • Judah
    Posted at 00:39h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    This is smooth as shit.

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 01:05h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    The magic still keeps going on 40 years later, lust enjoying the real thing.

  • Nene
    Posted at 09:59h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    Magic sweet philly soul. Top Top Top.

  • Justin
    Posted at 14:36h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    solid

  • Eliah
    Posted at 14:38h, 26 March 2014 Reply

    I adore the Delfonics, thank you for happy memories xx

  • Ray
    Posted at 09:45h, 27 March 2014 Reply

    I’ll take the good music of yesterday over the crap that playing now!

    • Lando's Jam
      Posted at 22:46h, 27 March 2014 Reply

      Hey man, there’s no need to hate on current music. Personally, I can appreciate all different eras of music, whether it be 70’s Funk or 2000’s Hip-Hop, you just need to know where to look.

  • Isner
    Posted at 09:35h, 28 March 2014 Reply

    dopeness

  • D19
    Posted at 14:07h, 28 March 2014 Reply

    Fantastic song! It makes me want to fall in love!

  • Vision
    Posted at 13:43h, 29 March 2014 Reply

    An excellent album. Philly 4ever.

  • Renato
    Posted at 12:26h, 30 March 2014 Reply

    Wow!!! It’s been quite a while since I heard this one!!! What memories it conjures up……Thanks.

  • Chris
    Posted at 08:51h, 31 March 2014 Reply

    Heavenly!!!!!

  • Eva
    Posted at 08:58h, 31 March 2014 Reply

    loving the delfonics forever!

  • Beverly
    Posted at 14:02h, 31 March 2014 Reply

    Nothing like that sweet Philly soul music. 🙂

  • Daryl
    Posted at 09:22h, 01 April 2014 Reply

    Great share. I haven’t heard this one in years.

  • Joeboy
    Posted at 04:53h, 03 April 2014 Reply

    Classic Delfonics album… thanks

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