Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing

Label:Philadelphia International Records – JZ 35095
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Keel Mfg. Corp. Press
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Disco


A1Life Is A Song Worth Singing
Producer, Arranged ByJack Faith
Written-ByL. Creed*, T. Bell*
A2Only You
Arranged ByDexter Wansel
Written-ByK. Gamble, L. Huff*
A3Cold, Cold World4:32
A4Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose
Arranged ByJohn L. Usry, Jr.
Written-ByK. Gamble, L. Huff*
B1Close The Door
Arranged ByThom Bell
Written-ByK. Gamble, L. Huff*
B2It Don't Hurt Now
Arranged ByJack Faith
ProducerSherman Marshall
Written-ByS. Marshall*, T. Wortham*
B3When Somebody Loves You Back
Written-ByK. Gamble, L. Huff*

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Contains printed inner sleeve with lyrics.

Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Recording Labs, Phila., Pa.

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  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side A): A - KEEL P.I.R.AL 35095-PK F/w NS
  • Matrix / Runout (Etching Side B): A - KEEL P.I.R.BL 35095-PK F/w NS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 2, etched): P.I.R. AL-35095-1C F/W NS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 2, etched): P.I.R. B-35095-1E F/W NS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 3, etched): P.I.R. AL-35095-PK F/W NS three A - KEEL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 3, etched): P.I.R. BL-35095-PK F/W NS ONE A - KEEL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, variant 4, etched): P.I.R. AL-35095-PK F/W NS six A - KeeL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, variant 4, etched): P.I.R. BL-35095-PK F/W NS five A - KeeL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, Variant 5): P.I.R. AL-35095-1C F/W NS Test #1 B - Keel
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, Variant 5): P.I.R. B-35095-1E F/W NS Test #2 B-4 Keel

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Life Is A Song Worth Singing (LP, Album)Philadelphia International RecordsS PIR 82555UK1978
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Life Is A Song Worth Singing (LP, Album)Philadelphia International RecordsAL 35095Jamaica1978
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Life Is A Song Worth Singing (LP, Album)Philadelphia International RecordsMED 2134South Africa1978



  • isaacmusicman's avatar
    Edited 4 months ago
    Album Revolution #2: By 1978, the "Disco Movement" was in Super Full Bloom, and just about every artists felt they had to contribute to the genre..."Philadelphia International Records", under the guidance of "Kenny Gamble" and "Leon Huff", was there from the start, having artists like "The Three Degrees", "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass", and especially "The O'Jays" giving us pure "Disco" classics....Once "Teddy Pendergrass" went solo, he felt right at home with his "Disco" inspired first "Self Titled" album (and it just Busted through the Genre!!!!)....So with the help of "Gamble & Huff", "Teddy" was able to continue his "Disco" assult, with the release of "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" (a total Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate, Ultimate Crown Jewel)...Starting with the "Disco Flavored" "Title Track" (written by "Linda Creed" and my favorite songwritter and producer of all time, "Mr. Thom Bell"), "Teddy" was able to continue to channel those roaring Vocals of his onto a very rough but danceable track...I found out years later that this was a remake, that was first recorded by "Johnny Mathis", from his "I'm Coming Home" album (released in 1973)....Produced by "Thom Bell", I implore everyone to check that one out as well....But, I have to be honest..."Mathis" version has nothing on "Teddy's"!!!! "Teddy's" Vocals is truly the difference!!!! Moving on, the "Disco" assult continues with "Only You"...This commanding joint, once again has "Teddy" at his Roaring best...."Cold, Cold World" (written and produced by "Gene McFadden", "John Whitehead" and "Victor Carstarphen") cools things down a bit..."Teddy's" very strong and manly Vocals were able to deliver some fantastic lyrics!!!! "Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose", gets "Teddy" back on the "Disco Train"....What I love about this footstompin' joint is, toward the end of the song, a crowd was put into the studio, no doubt to have that "Disco Party Vibe"!!!!! Now, the song that started the "Super Sexy Teddy Vibe" was the unmistakeable ""Close The Door"...Written by "Gamble & Huff" and Arranged by my man "Thom Bell", this joint tapped into something that I don't think anyone saw coming!!!! This joint is so sexy, that it really started some things (you can use your imagination on that one!!!!!)!!!!! I was 7 when this came out, so I didn't get it when I saw women going buck wild when "Teddy" sang this classic...Now I get it!!!! "It Don't Hurt Now" was also a terrific Classic Slow Jam, tailor made for "Teddy's" Vocals... "When Somebody Loves You Back" was not only the perfect album closer, it was one of "Teddy's" classiest songs....This man could not do no wrong by the time this album came out!!!!!! This was when Women were throwing themselves at him, and at the same time, made a lot of guys jealous!!!! Besides that though, he was a great singer to me, and these songs really expressed that point!!!! This album really started something for "Teddy"...Everything that he envisioned for himself was coming true...So, to say that this album was part of his truly creative period, was really an understatement!!!!!!!!
    • iheartrare's avatar
      Without a doubt Pendergrass' masterpiece. Absolute start-to-finish record, and very few albums exist in this world that have no skips. This is one of them.
      • Stephanie2410's avatar
        Why don't you add the musicians to the credits!! Sheesh! They need proof to show that they recorded on these tunes!!



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