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First ChoiceThe Player

Label:Philly Groove Records Incorporated – PG 1502, Philly Groove Records Incorporated – 1502
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Bestway Pressing
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk, Disco

Tracklist

A1The Player
Written-ByAllan Felder, Norman Harris
7:10
A2Guilty
Written-ByG. Shury*, R. Roker*
4:51
A3You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
Written-ByA. Felder*, B. Sigler*, N. Harris*
4:44
A4You've Been Doin' Wrong For So Long3:56
B1Hustler Bill
Written-ByBunny Sigler, Jean Lang
5:28
B2All I Need Is Time
Written-ByBob Reneu
4:42
B3Guess What Mary Jones Did
Written-ByAllan Felder, Norman Harris
4:59
B4Guilty (Instrumental)
Written-ByG. Shury*, R. Roker*
4:51
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Bestway Products, Inc. pressing variant as indicated by
"BW" suffix in label matrix and "BEST" etched in the runouts.

The typesetting arrangement on labels is different from the other versions.

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.

Other Versions (5 of 11)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Player (LP, Album)Bell Records2337 044France1974
The Player (LP, Album)Philly Groove Records Incorporated, Philly Groove Records IncorporatedPG 1502, PG-1502US1974
New Submission
The Player (LP, Album, Club Edition, Stereo, RCA Music Service)Philly Groove Records Incorporated, Philly Groove Records IncorporatedPG 1502, R 120263US1974
New Submission
The Player (LP, Album, Promo)Philly Groove Records IncorporatedPG 1502US1974
New Submission
The Player (LP, Album)Philly Groove Records IncorporatedPG 1502US1974

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Edited 9 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.