Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I Love It (Love Break)

Most Wanted! The Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I Love It (Love Break) (Salsoul Records)

A quick listen to MFSB‘s 1973 classic ‘Love Is The Message’ suffices to let us realize the existence of a family affair with ‘Ooh I Love It (Love Break)’. Besides how could it ever be different from a band whose members acted under the MFSB banner before disbanding on the heels of a disagreement with PIR label heads Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff over finances?!?

This said, the connection wasn’t that obvious when the track first appeared – initially titled ‘Chicago Bus Stop (Ooh I Love It)’ – as a part of the band’s eponymous debut-LP back in 1975. As a matter of fact we would have to wait another seven years to clearly see it. With its release as a 12″ single with remixing work courtesy of Shep Pettibone. Not their biggest commercial sucess, but certainly among their most famous gems, ‘Ooh I Love It (Love Break)’ engendered quite an impact. From Coldcut who used parts of it on their remix of Eric B & Rakim‘s ‘Paid In Full’ back in 1987. To L.A. Mix who did the same on ‘Don’t Stop’ that same year. Not to mention Shep Pettibone on his rework of the memorable ‘Vogue’ for Madonna 3 years later.

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Vincent Montana, Jr.‘s contribution in the maturation of contemporary music is just something of invaluable. From setting up the legendary Sigma Sound Studio alongside Joseph Tarsia in Philadelphia. To his position as a major actor in the establishment of the Philadelphia Sound, gathering people from all origins/ethnics (Blacks, Jewishes, Italians, Rednecks). Meanwhile embodying what Indamixworldwide is about…

Montana played on and arranged countless pieces of music along with artists. From The Intruders and The O’Jays. To The Trammps, William De Vaughn and Lou Rawls. Not to mention The Stylistics and Teddy Pendergrass to name but a (very) few. Eventually forming and leading MFSB

He would then join Salsoul Records in the mid-70’s, giving birth to The Salsoul Orchestra. And also collaborating with Loleatta Holloway and First Choice. And if it was’t enough, he also gave birth to Goody Goody along with his daughter, Denise Montana. Dropping memorable gems such as ‘#1 Deejay’ and ‘It Looks Like Love’.

He naturally came to set up his own venture – Philly Works – later on. Meanwhile, one might also remember him for his contribution to Louie Vega and Kenny Dope‘s seminal Nuyorican Soul album-concept. As for his collaborations with Louis Benedetti.

The Salsoul Orchestra saw the light back in 1974, gathering musicians who’d been members of MFSB. They included up to 50 members with an instrumental section in addition to various conductors and arrangers. The Salsoul Orchestra happened to play a major role for Salsoul Records, acting as their house band.
They released a total of 11 albums between 1975 and 1982. Delivering timeless gems such as ‘You’re Just The Right Size’, ‘Nice N’ Naasty’ and ‘Magic Birds Of Fire’. But also ‘Getaway’ and ‘Ooh I Love It (Love Break)’. Not to mention ‘Run Away’ along with Loleatta Holloway and ‘Take Some Time Out (For Love)’ featuring Jocelyn Brown to name but a few.

I guess it’s fair to say they initiated nowadays’ Disco flavored electronic and House Music sound…

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