The Essential Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
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||Wake Up Everybody||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||7:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Leave Me This Way||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||6:04||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||The Love I Lost||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||6:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good (featuring Sharon Paige)||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||5:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||If You Don't Know Me By Now||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:25||$0.69||View In iTunes|
||Bad Luck||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||6:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Where Are All My Friends||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:20||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm Weak for You||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Hope That We Can Be Together Soon (featuring Sharon Paige)||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Miss You||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||8:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ebony Woman||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Yesterday I Had the Blues||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||7:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||5:55||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Keep On Lovin' You||Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes||3:41||Album Only||View In iTunes|
There has been no shortage of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes compilations over the years, and the most recent prior to 2004's The Essential Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes was 2001's Ultimate Blue Notes, which was very good indeed, but it wasn't part of Sony/Legacy's Essential series, which was the label's flagship for hits collections. So, three years after Ultimate, they reconfigured the collection into Essential so it could be part of their successful series. Essential contains 14 of the 15 tracks from Ultimate — the substitution is "Ebony Woman" for "Be for Real," a move most listeners wouldn't notice, since all the other big hits are here, including "The Love I Lost," "Don't Leave Me This Way," and "If You Don't Know Me By Now." The track sequencing may be different, but the collections are nearly identical in terms of tracks chosen, so they're nearly interchangeable for all practical purposes. Both are excellent overviews of one of the great Philly soul groups. If you already have Ultimate, there's no need to seek Essential out, and if you don't have either, either will suit your needs very well.
This album has preserved their great voices, melodies and rhythms, and has most of their big hits. Listening will provide you a cherished time machine. I heard Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes perform years ago at a party, and they were fantastic. This album's a treat.
I hope we have more songs like this in the future… this is just the best!