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The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You


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The Delfonics - La La Means I Love You


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“‘La La Means I Love You is the 1968 debut album by American R&B/Soul vocal group The Delfonics, released on May 14, 1968, on the Philly Groove label. The album was produced by Thom Bell and consists of a mixture of original songs written by Bell and lead singer William Hart, and cover versions of already well-known songs.

The celebrated title track was a #4 pop hit, and "I'm Sorry" and "Break Your Promise" also charted. With its lush, smooth orchestral sound and production, La La Means I Love You is now considered a classic soul album and one of the most important and influential records in the development of the nascent Philadelphia soul sound which would come to dominate the commercial soul music market in the early and mid–1970s.” – Wiki

“The sublime smooth grooves seemingly inherent in these arrangements practically define the distinction between the Philly soul scene and those more established in Detroit (Motown), Memphis (Stax), or Chicago (Chess). Bell's trademark easy and languid rhythms, when married to the trio's lush vocal harmonies, add new hues to the sonic soul music palette of the late '60s and early '70s. The effectiveness of Bell's innovative arrangements is perhaps most evident on the cover tunes. Astute listeners will inevitably note the influence of another highly regarded and successful songwriting/arranging team. The inclusion of two Bacharach/David classics -- "The Look of Love" and "Alfie" -- gives listeners more than just a hint at where much of Bell's fresh and distinct ideas may have taken root. Additionally, the Delfonics' cover of "Hurt So Bad" should not be missed, as it bests, or at the very least updates, Little Anthony & the Imperials' more familiar version.” – All Music

Item description:        


The Delfonics


La La Means I Love You


Philly Groove Records


Vinyl, LP, Album



Release Date:

Original: 1968


Funk / Soul



Catalog No:

LP 1150