First Choice ‎– The Player

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Philly Groove Records ‎– PG 1502, Philly Groove Records ‎– 1502
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A1 The Player
Written-By – Allan Felder, Norman Harris
7:10
A2 Guilty
Written-By – G. Shury*, R. Roker*
4:51
A3 You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
Written-By – A. Felder*, B. Sigler*, N. Harris*
4:44
A4 You've Been Doin' Wrong For So Long
Written-By – Frank Johnson, Terry Woodford
3:56
B1 Hustler Bill
Written-By – Bunny Sigler, Jean Lang
5:28
B2 All I Need Is Time
Written-By – Bob Reneu
4:42
B3 Guess What Mary Jones Did
Written-By – Allan Felder, Norman Harris
4:59
B4 Guilty (Instrumental)
Written-By – G. Shury*, R. Roker*
4:51

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BW in label matrix = Bestway pressing

Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios
B2 Recorded at Future Gold Studios
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Recording Labs, Philadelphia, Pa.
℗ © 1974 Bell Records, A Division of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PG 1502 First Choice The Player(LP, Album) Philly Groove Records PG 1502 US 1974 Sell This Version
PG 1502, PG-1502 First Choice The Player(LP, Album) Philly Groove Records, Philly Groove Records PG 1502, PG-1502 US 1974 Sell This Version
2308 111 First Choice The Player(LP, Album) Bell Records 2308 111 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
PG 1502, R 120263 First Choice The Player(LP, Album) Philly Groove Records, Philly Groove Records PG 1502, R 120263 US 1974 Sell This Version
PG 1502 First Choice The Player(LP, Album) Philly Groove Records, Bell Records PG 1502 Canada 1974 Sell This Version

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Groovemaster-DJ

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November 17, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
Still unable to locate the # for the UK album release it will be 200 something.

This album bar the title track which is faultless and is now available in it's full length original version and in stereo on a Philly Groove 12" single, note that the original Philly Groove 7" and the UK Bell 7" were released in mono, the Germany Bell 7" was in it's stereo mix.

All that aside and the excellent art work, this album is quite simply appalling, it is no wonder the girl's died a death and were only later revived by the team at Salsoul. To say it's a total disappointment is more to the point, it comprises of lack-lustre throw away tunes and pales by comparison to the "Armed & Extremely" album. great shame and quite sad, it's sales were notched up for the unedited and outstanding title track.

Originally UK penned "Guilty" is performed in a really bad arrangement and missed the chance of being a catchy hit, the track was re-recorded in the UK by UK Bell by The Pearls and became that catchy hit missed by First Choice. (The Pearls had previously scored big time with their catchy version of Martha & The Vandella's UK Jimmy Mack 'B' side "Third Finger Left Hand" and a first for UK Bell.. a UK 45 in stereo!).Note that this ruined track is padded out into an instrumental too as filler.

Indeed have this album to complete the Philly Groove or Bell collection, don't have it for it's extremely poor content or a representation of First Choice.

As stated, With The Player title track available in it's full version elsewhere, this album can be shelved and forgotten, for what it is not....ie a great album.