Editors’ Notes Years before The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and The Intruders brought Philadelphia soul to an international audience, Jimmy Bishop’s Arctic Records was releasing a veritable flood of remarkable soul music. Bishop was an itinerant disc jockey who’d plied his trade in St. Louis and New York before settling in at Philadelphia’s WDAS. Bishop’s earliest productions were undistinguished, but when he signed the local vocal combo The Romeos in 1965 he gained the talents of songwriter Kenneth Gamble, whose delicate compositions graced many of Arctic’s finest releases. Cooler Than Ice: Arctic Records and the Rise of Philly Soul is an exhaustive six-disc anthology of Arctic’s output. It includes both a-sides and b-sides of all 43 Arctic singles released between 1964 and 1971, as well as a handful of previously unreleased rarities. The material runs the gamut from well-known classics (like Barbara Mason’s tender ballad “Yes, I’m Ready”) to rarely heard obscurities by The Rotations, The Three Strangers, and other gifted but little-known performers.

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Happiest Girl in the World
1
2:40
 
Love Me
2
2:40
 
Girls Have Feelings Too
3
3:03
 
Come To Me
4
2:23
 
Baby
5
2:32
 
Make Your Move
6
2:11
 
Step By Step
7
2:21
 
Whisper You Love Me, Boy
8
2:29
 
Yes, I'm Ready
9
3:17
 
Keep Him
10
2:30
 
Storm Warning
11
3:01
 
Down By the Seashore
12
3:15
 
Down By the Seashore (instrumental)
13
3:04
 
Sad, Sad Girl
14
3:17
 
Gloomy Day
15
3:08
 
Carfare Back
16
2:19
 
Everything On Earth
17
2:41
 
Cleaning Up Here
18
2:27
 
Help Wanted
19
2:31
 
If You Don't (Love Me, Tell Me So)
20
3:19
 
You Got What It Takes
21
2:36
 
How Can I Win Your Love
1
2:55
 
How Can I Win Your Love (instrumental)
2
2:07
 
Ain't It Baby
3
2:27
 
Ain't It Baby (instrumental)
4
2:27
 
(It's Against) The Laws of Love
5
2:41
 
(It's Against) The Laws of Love (instrumental)
6
2:41
 
Is It Me (Or Is It Her)?
7
3:30
 
Don't Ever Want to Lose Your Love
8
2:29
 
Ya Ya
9
2:43
 
Sax on the Track (I'd Rather Be Lonely)
10
2:12
 
I'm Confessin'
11
2:26
 
One Time Is Forever
12
2:15
 
How I Got Over (Part 1)
13
3:37
 
How I Got Over (Part 2)
14
3:20
 
I Need Love
15
3:12
 
Bobby Is My Baby
16
3:29
 
Take Me For What I Am
17
3:10
 
There You Go Again
18
2:32
 
Turn On Your Love Light
19
2:19
 
Don't Lose This Love
20
2:29
 
Don't Stop Loving Me
1
2:41
 
The Jokes On You
2
2:45
 
If I Had a Hammer
3
2:47
 
In the Dark
4
3:02
 
A Lady's Man
5
3:10
 
Poor Girl in Trouble
6
3:15
 
Hello Baby
7
2:39
 
Chains of Love
8
2:52
 
(I'll Just) Keep On Smilin'
9
2:59
 
You're Number 1
10
2:33
 
The Blood (Part 1)
11
2:03
 
The Blood (Part II)
12
2:03
 
Girl I Love You
13
2:24
 
Good-Bye
14
3:16
 
Anything You Want
15
2:34
 
Ain't Gonna Cry (Over One Girl)
16
2:58
 
Move This Thing (Part 1)
17
3:05
 
Move This Thing (Part 2)
18
3:00
 
I Feel the Spirit Moving
19
3:09
 
He's There
20
3:44
 
You Can Depend On Me
1
3:13
 
Game of Love
2
2:29
 
Go Away
3
3:02
 
What Can a Man Do
4
3:33
 
Say These Words of Love
5
2:55
 
Something Good
6
3:01
 
Oh How It Hurts
7
2:46
 
Ain't Got Nobody
8
2:18
 
Do What You Wanna Do
9
2:17
 
I'm Yours and You're Mine
10
2:35
 
Looking For a Love
11
2:54
 
These Arms of Mine
12
3:01
 
I Don't Want To Lose You
13
3:02
 
Dedicated To the One I Love
14
2:16
 
(You Better) Go Now
15
3:24
 
Why Do You Hurt the One Who Loves You
16
2:10
 
(I Can Feel Your Love) Slipping Away
17
3:19
 
Half a Love
18
3:05
 
Soul Groove Part 1 (vocal)
19
2:36
 
Soul Groove Part 2 (instrumental)
20
2:33
 
Don't Make the Good Girls Go Bad
1
2:42
 
Your Love Is All I Need
2
3:02
 
My Oh My
3
2:27
 
Time, Made You Change (Your Mind)
4
2:43
 
I'm No Good For You
5
3:02
 
Don't Ever Go Away
6
2:13
 
I Really Love You
7
3:11
 
I Can't Believe You Love Me
8
3:03
 
Take It Easy (With My Heart)
9
3:30
 
You Never Loved Me (At All)
10
3:32
 
Love Addict
11
2:43
 
I'll Be There
12
3:48
 
Ain't Got the Love (Of One Girl On My Mind)
13
2:40
 
Music (Makes You Wanna Dance)
14
3:07
 
Shake That Thing
15
2:57
 
Brand New Start
16
2:39
 
Together Forever
17
2:56
 
Dynamite Exploded
18
2:48
 
I Dig You Baby
19
3:06
 
Storm Warning
20
2:45
 
You Better Stop It
1
2:45
 
Happy Girl
2
2:41
 
(Girls Have Feelings) Just Like the Boys Do
3
3:05
 
Over the Tracks
4
2:18
 
Can't Take My Eyes Off of You
5
3:54
 
A.W.O.L. (Away Without Love)
6
2:19
 
(If You Could See Through) The Eyes of a Black Man
7
1:22
 
Mr. Charlie
8
1:18
 
Sunday Kind of Love
9
2:44
 
Baby, Do That Thing
10
2:47
 
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
11
3:33
 
Let's Wait Until Dark
12
2:38
 
Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing)
13
3:19
 
Peace of Mind (It's Just a Matter of Time)
14
3:49
 
(Put a Dime On) D-9
15
3:12
 
(Put a Nickel On) D-9 (instrumental)
16
3:12
 
Find My Baby-Part I
17
2:41
 
Find My Baby-Part II
18
2:12
 
Heartaches
19
3:01
 
A Changed Man
20
2:47
 
He's Got To Love Me
1
2:23
 
Catch Him, Love
2
2:33
 
No Doubt About It
1
2:25
 
Lover Boy
2
2:40
 
I'm At My Best When I'm Down
1
2:37
 
The Rock
2
2:13
 
It Takes Two
1
3:06
 
Fat Daddy (feat. Paul Johnson)
2
2:16
 
Doctor Love
1
2:47
 
I Only Have Eyes For You
2
3:53
 
I Love You Just the Same
1
2:43
 

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