Part one of "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" -- a two-part PBS television special celebrating the enduring musical legacy of the mythic musical production/songwriting duo Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and the entire family of Philadelphia International Records artists premiered Thanksgiving weekend through PBS affiliates nationwide, with subsequent airings across-the-country during the PBS December Pledge Week (please check your local listings).
Beginning late November, "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" beganl airing in a variety of major markets across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Oakland-San Jose, Boston, Atlanta, Washington DC, Houston, Detroit, Phoenix, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Minneapolis and more (please see more complete listings following). For more information, please click to phillysoulclassics.com.
A cornerstone event in Legacy Recordings' monumental Philly Soul reissue project, "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" was filmed during an historic live concert showcasing some of the greatest music and musicians in the Philadelphia International Records catalog, including The O'Jays, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, The Delfonics, The Intruders, Jerry Butler, Bunny Sigler, Three Degrees, The Soul Survivors, Jean Carne, G.C. Cameron, and The Sound Of Philadelphia Orchestra.. The "Love Train" concert was taped in front of a live audience on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the landmark Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, documented in High Definition with a 11 camera set-up and state-of-the-art audio reproduction.
Gamble & Huff are best-known as the creators of the classic Philly Soul Sound that began dominating music and radio charts in the early 1970s and continues to thrive into the 21st century.Performances on part one of the "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" concert specials include "TSOP" (TSOP Orchestra with The Three Degrees), "The Love I Lost" (Harold Melvin's Blue Notes), "Expressway to Your Heart" (Soul Survivors), "I'm Stone In Love With You" (Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics), "I Love Music" (The O'Jays), "Rubberband Man" (G.C. Cameron), "Me & Mrs. Jones" (Bunny Sigler), "Used To Be My Girl" (The O'Jays), "Wake Up Everybody" (Harold Melvin's Blue Notes), "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" (Bunny Sigler, Jean Carne, The Three Degrees), "Never Gonna Give You Up" (Jerry Butler), "La La Means I Love You" (The Delfonics) and "People Get Ready / Love Train" (The O'Jays).
"Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" is an unprecedented musical experience, the most comprehensive cavalcade of Philly Soul icons ever. Combining dramatic sets and vibrant lighting, inspired by the design aesthetic of Philadelphia International Records' classic album covers, with a non-stop succession of electrifying performances, "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" provides a 21st century venue for one of the greatest soul revues in concert history, a high energy tribute to the immortal sights and sounds of Philly Soul.
The "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" DVD will include bonus tracks and an exclusive documentary covering the Gamble & Huff collaboration which has so deeply influenced popular music and culture over the past five decades.A second one-hour "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" special will be scheduled for pledge broadcast in 2009.
2008 has shaped up as a banner year in the phenomenal careers of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the newly-named Ahmet Ertegun Award (formerly the "non-performer category") at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 10, 2008. In its review of the ceremony, the San Francisco Chronicle praised Gamble & Huff for creating a "melodic, luxurious sound -- perfect for a world switching from mono to stereo -- (that) was consistent no matter which artist they produced."
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia - PBS Premieres
Sat 11/29 - 8:30pm: Los Angeles - KOCE
Sat 11/29 - 7:00pm: Boston - WGBH 2
Sat 11/29 - 9:30pm: Boston - WGBH 44
Sat 11/29 - 7:30pm: Chicago - WYIN
Sat 11/29 - 8:00pm: Philadelphia - WHYY
Sat 11/29 - 9:30pm: Atlanta, GA - WGTV
Sat 11/29 - 9:00pm: Washington, DC - WFPT
Sat 11/29 - 9:00pm: Washington, DC - WWPB
Sat 11/29 - 9:00pm: Detroit, MI - WTVS
Sat 11/29 - 11:00am: Tampa-St Petersburg - WEDU
Sat 11/29 - 8:30pm: Minneapolis-St. Paul - TPT2
Sun 11/30 - 8:00pm: New Jersey - WNJB
Sun 11/30 - 8:00pm: New Jersey - WNJN
Sun 11/30 - 8:00pm: Philadelphia - WNJS
Sun 11/30 - 8:00pm: Philadelphia - WNJT
Sun 11/30 - 7:30pm: Atlanta, GA - WGTV
Sun 11/30 - 8:30pm: Phoenix, AZ - KAET
Sun 11/30 - 7:00pm: Minneapolis-St. Paul - TPT17
Mon 12/1 - 9:30pm: New York - WLIW
Mon 12/1 - 8:00pm: Washington, DC - WETA
Tue 12/2 - 10:00pm: New York - WNET
Wed 12/3 - 8:00pm: Philadelphia - WHYY
Thu 12/4 - 8:00pm: Atlanta, GA - WPBA
Fri 12/5 – TBD: Los Angeles, CA - KVCR
Sat 12/6 - 6:00pm: Oakland-St. Jose, CA - KRCB
Tue 12/9 - 9:30pm: Chicago, IL - WTTW
Tue 12/9 - 8:00pm: Tampa-St. Petersburg - WUSF
Sat 12/13 - 8:00pm: Oakland-St. Jose, CA - KCSM