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While the previous Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB remains the best introduction to the genre-defining sound of the Philadelphia International label's ace house band, the aptly titled Deep Grooves is even more of a funk primer, plunging further into the thick, badass soul aesthetic that distinguished its era. Always a study in contrasts — impeccably tight yet possessed of a loose-cannon edge, elegant and sophisticated yet down-and-dirty — MFSB's music remains electrifying, boasting a timelessness that has eluded the work of many of their contemporaries; their instrumental renditions of classics like "Back Stabbers," "Family Affair," and "Freddie's Dead" expand on the funk potential of the originals, pushing the groove to cavernous new extremes.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

Best known for recording the hit theme to Soul Train, MFSB were the pre-eminent instrumental outfit of Philadelphia soul, backing numerous Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff productions while recording regularly on their own throughout the '70s. The group's name stood for Mother Father Sister Brother, and prior to their formation in 1971 as the house band at Gamble and Huff's Sigma Sound studios, some of the core personnel had been working together as early as 1968. Guitarists Norman Harris and Bobby Eli, bassist...
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