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“The African Track”


1979: Vincent Montana, Jr. lets loose his percussive roots and those of his rhythm section session mates on a production spotlighting African grooves & flavors. He sets aside his main instrument, the Vibraharp and offers up a captivating solo on the Cuica, a friction drum originally used in Africa for lion hunting. As if the spellbinding groove´s not enough, Montana adds a bit of sugar on top and intensifies the track further with a touch of haunting strings & bells. The reaction of various record companies at the time suggests "it´s too far out".

2006: Over two decades later, Montana extracts a 24" master simply labeled "The African Track" from his archives. The time has come for his far-fetched instrumental to be heard. As the 2nd release on the forthcoming "Revival Project" Album (PSW) the original version is "AS IS" apart from minor tweaks and a touch of additional percussion. Louis Benedetti takes the controls and delivers a set of remixes adding an effective Synth Stab and new Percussion Overdubs while still keeping its original flavor. On the Flip Side are two Bonus Beat Versions for maximum DJ work out.

Considering the era in which the original recording was made, Vincent Montana, Jr. demonstrates once again that he was well ahead of his time. Together with the brilliance of Louis Benedetti "The African Track" slips right in with today´s trends and will surely prove to be a crowd pleaser on every dance floor.

”The African Track”



(Catalogue: PSW 12002)


A1) Louis Benedetti Mix
A2) VMJ Original 1979 Track
B1) Louis Benedetti DJ Beats
B2) Bonus Beats


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Vincent Montana, Jr. & The Philly Sound Orchestra
featuring William ”Smoke” Howard

”That’s What Love Does” (Catalogue: PSW 12001)




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Vincent Montana, Jr. Legendary Producer, Arranger, Composer and Creator of The Salsoul Orchestra, and his Philly Sound Works label are back with this extraordinary new production from the forthcoming Revival Project Album. ”That’s What Love Does” is a dedication to Montana’s love of Philly Soul and symbolizes a time that he is proud to have been a part of; both as key member of the MFSB as well as Arranger and Conductor of his own Salsoul Orchestra.

The original version with its laid-back feel is a genuinely soulful piece complete with lush strings, cool vibes and all the added touches and quality expected of a Montana production. To bring it all together, Montana calls on veteran performer William ”Smoke” Howard, formerly of ”The Ebonys” to complement the classic feel of the project with his timeless powerhouse vocals. Right at home, Smoke effortlessly captures and projects the very heart and soul of the song and dynamically delivers the message ”Love Always Finds A Way”... and may even raise a goose-bump or two!

While keeping the integrity of the original song, SoulShine’s own Louis Benedetti takes the controls and gives the original ”his treatment” on the remixes, bringing The Philly Sound to a whole new level by speeding it up a notch and adding an infectious groove driven bass line and funky guitars. To top it off, Louis brings Vince Montana himself back to the studio where he executes, as always, a tight and precise Vibraharp solo.

On the flip side Louis provides two Dubs: the first following the footsteps of his Vocal Remix and on the second he goes back to the Original Mix and utilizes some of its funkiest elements on his Reprise DUB including the real drum tracks, which in this case are in time and can be easily mixed with another record without speed variations as found on many Dance Classics from yesteryear.

With Montana and Benedetti collectively on such an impressive project, the outcome is inevitable – an exceptional production that captures the best combination of clever arrangement and today’s dance floor accessibility. That’s What Love Does has ”hit” written all over it and is without a doubt a classic from the 21st Century.


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