2CD released: Jul 07, 2023
STARGAZER - THE PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS ANTHOLOGY 1976-1980
2016 two CD collection. BBR is proud to release Dexter Wansel - Stargazer: The Philadelphia International Records Anthology (1976-1980). Dexter Wansel has long been respected as a songwriter, producer, arranger and musician in equal measure, in large part due to his long and impressive list of credits with the legendary Philadelphia International Record Label (among others) having played a pivotal role in developing The Philly Sound through the 1970s. He has worked with and written hit songs for the likes of The Jacksons, MFSB, Teddy Pendergrass, The Jones Girls and Jean Carn. This comprehensive compilation includes every track Wansel recorded for PIR as a solo artist between 1976 and 1979 that featured on his four jazz-funk oriented albums for the label. Life On Mars (R&B #44), What The World Is Coming To (R&B #45), Voyager (R&B #37) and Time Is Slipping Away (R&B #58) allowed Wansel to show his myriad talents to the fullest and explore his deep interest in the cosmos. From the jazz/funk of classic tracks such as æLife On MarsÆ, (R&B #91) and æVoyagerÆ through the honeyed soul of æThe Sweetest PainÆ, (R&B #40) æTime Is Slipping AwayÆ and æHoldin' OnÆ, and dance floor gold æI'll Never Forget (My Favourite Disco)Æ, and æDance With Me TonightÆ, alongside the R&B hits æSolutionsÆ and æIt's Been CoolÆ. Wansel's PIR output effortlessly blends together and shows off the incredible depth of his songwriting and musicianship. Featurings The Jones Girls, Herb Smith, Stanley Clarke, Cynthia Biggs, Jean Carn and Terri Wells. Presented in a deluxe super jewel case this compilation includes extensive liner notes including new interviews with Dexter Wansel and many of the contributing artists.