All My Life (The Songs Of Manny Campbell) showcases the talent of producer Emanuel Milton Campbell Jr. Dating back to 1968 Manny (as he prefers to be called) worked with a young Carolyn Porter from Chester PA, hiring the then newly formed backing band at Sigma Sound Studios here in Philadelphia. Joe Tarsia started Sigma Sound Studios a few months earlier after leaving Cameo Parkway Records. This band is one of the earliest collaborations of what would eventually go on to be known as MFSB - members included Earl Young (drums) Norman Harris (guitar) Ronnie Baker (bass) Lenny Paluka (B3 Hammond) and occasionally Bobby Eli (guitar). This original session was never officially released, however Manny travelled back to Philadelphia in 1970 to cut another 6 tracks with an array of artists that he had in his stable, using the same studio musicians. What you'll hear here are the two original 1968 tunes, how they were intended to be released, transferred from the ORIGNAL 1/4 mix-down tapes, then the 1970 session, both vocal cuts and instrumental. We thought it was important to highlight the band as much as possible because of their significance to the history of Philadelphia music. The two 2" 16 track tapes have been lovingly re-mixed and remastered by myself, P. Maxwell Ochester and our engineer Brendon McGeehan, as well as Tom Moulton, doing what he calls the "original Philly sound" mix on I'm A Loner & Trouble Trouble. Please enjoy these songs and we look forward to hearing your feedback. Vinyl/CD/45rpm coming MId--Late summer 2021.
Latin-tinged Southern California funk band Magnum has seen its reputation blossom since the original 1974 release of their LP, “Fully Loaded.” An exuberant band of individually talented musicians working in an expansive and comfortable environment, they give a loose funky overlay to a grounded R&B and Jazz sound that included a variety of instruments, including whistles, that lift the music to an exciting, hypnotic groove.
Based in San Pedro Bay, California, Magnum originally consisted of brothers Michael Greene (muilti-instrumentalist and youngest in the group) playing piano, organ, percussion and vocals and Harold Greene on bass; with Kevin “Cornbread” Thornton on lead and rhythm guitars and doing the arrangements, Vance Wormley on trombone, organ, piano and percussion and with George Chaney on congas and bongos; Thurron Mallory, playing tenor, alto sax and electrified percussion, joined six months later and brought with him the rest of the Magnum Horn ensemble with Lamont Payne on trumpet as well as percussion.
As the house band for radio station KGFJ-AM’s Soul Search competition as well as the Soul Caravan, a series of weekly performances on a flatbed truck playing in and around urban Southern California. They also drew large crowds practicing in the Greene’s garage. Once they practiced at Thurron's childhood home in Compton, LA that drew such big crowds that the police had to shut the block down to disperse the crowd. The band stuck together performing in Southern California for a couple years after the release of “Fully Loaded,” once the opportunity came to perform with other artists, Magnum disbanded and the members moved on to other projects.