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First Choice: From Philly Soul to Diva Hall of Fame – The Unsung Pioneers of House Music Remixes

¹ First Choice is an American girl group vocal music trio from Philadelphia. The group produced the Soul/disco hits “Armed and Extremely Dangerous“, “Smarty Pants”, “The Player”, “Love Thang”, “Let No Man Put Asunder” and “Doctor Love”. They were signed to soul label Philly Groove Records and to disco label Gold Mind in addition to Warner Bros. Records and Salsoul.

Though the group went through various lineups, Rochelle Flemming and Annette Guest were the two consistent members up until they disbanded in 1980. Other members included Wardell Piper, Joyce Jones, Ursula Herring, and Debbie Martin.

Though they never had a major Top 40 hit, they did generate two big Soul hits “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” (#11) and “The Player” (#7).

Salsoul Records who had acquired their back catalog released “Let No Man Put Asunder” from their 1977 album Delusions, which was highly regarded and considered their best. That song was later sampled by Mary J. Blige sparking renewed interest in the group who had a massive influence on 90’s House Music from renowned DJs Todd Terry, Danny Tenaglia, and David Morales. Soon the majority of their hits were remixed by other well-known DJs including the more recent faithful renderings by Dr. Packer (a personal Party Favorz favorite).

After listening to this set multiple times, it became clear to me that these songs are better suited for House Music and now Funky House no matter how simple some of them may be. There’s no denying the infectiousness of tracks like “Doctor Love,” “Love Thang,” and “Ain’t He Bad.”

The songs included in this tribute set are timeless classics no matter how they were received at the time of their release. After all, good music is simply just that and these ladies deserve all the accolades they’ve received.

It is with great pleasure and immense respect that Party Favorz inducts First Choice into the Diva Hall of Fame.

¹ Wikipedia
Album : First Choice | The Diva Series
Genre : Disco House
Year : 2021
Total Time : 1:54:45

1. Let No Man Put Asunder (That Work Remix)

2. Love Thang (David Morales Remix)

3. Doctor Love (WhiteNoize Remix)

4. Armed And Extremely Dangerous (Full Intention Mix)

5. The Player (The Boris & Mousse T. Classic Vocal)

6. Dr. Love (Dr. Packer Remix)

7. Double Cross (Danny Tenaglia Remix)

8. I Can Show You (Better Than I Can Tell You) (Phonk D Edit)

9. Are You Ready For Me (T-Groove Uplifting Remix)

10. Ain’t He Bad (Ralphi Rosario Disco Mix)

11. Hold Your Horses (Take The Reins Re-Edit)

12. Let No Man Put Asunder (Love To Infinity Yellow Cab Mix)

13. Smarty Pants (Redsoul Groove Mix)

14. Guilty (Full Intention Mix)

15. Ain’t He Bad (Harlem Hustlers Club Mix)

16. Love And Happiness (Ray Jones Vocal Mix)

17. Let No Man Put Asunder (Dr. Packer Remix)

18. Love Thang (Dr Packer Rework)

19. Love Having You Around (Late Nite Tuff Guy Rework)

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