WAKE UP EVERYBODY (PART 1) * HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES * PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL 3866 * UK
Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes - Theodore Pendergrass, Lloyd Parks, Bernard Wilson and Lawrence Brown - signed with Philadelphia International, I Miss You was their first release for the label. Wake Up Everybody was the groups eighth release for the label and is an overt socio-political song, a far cry from the tourtured Soul ballad they debuted with. The song, it would seem, has a perennial message that alters not one bit with the passage of time, as it has now become patently obvious that the British public (at least) have been sleep-walking into the post industrial age without asking barely a single question as to where they were going. Also, it would seem, that the effect of such songs, along with other art forms, is and always will be negligible; which brings about another perennial question of what's to be done as an effective critique of power.
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