A story told through eight albums of distinct, inimitable Philadelphia soul, with special attention to vibrant storytelling and quality mastering.
We've been through all of that — where they wouldn't even put no albums on the shelf in a store that had a Black person’s face on it. So we were able to beat all that stuff down with excellence. What made [PIR’s] music break all those roadblocks was: the music was good, and the message was good. Love train, love train — that’s what our message is. Our message is love… Ain’t nothing greater than love.”
VMP Anthology goes beyond the eight LPs included in your box. Alongside your box and the albums within it, we provide in-depth, original Listening Notes and a digestible multi-episode podcast to serve as your definitive guide though these records. VMP Anthology isn’t just a box set that’s supposed to gather dust on your shelves — it’s an immersive and transformative story that comes alive for you to spend weeks (or longer!) inside of. We can’t wait for you to dive deeper into PIR’s incredible history, and perhaps even enjoy some Soul Train-inspired living room dance breaks along the way.
All eight albums in this VMP Anthology were cut by Bernie Grundman and plated and pressed at RTI on high-quality 180g color vinyl. All eight albums were AAA-mastered from tapes.
Go deeper than just the albums by reading our 23-page Listening Notes booklet, which covers the story of the label and its cultural impact, and our podcast, which tells the story of each album through interviews with PIR’s key figures like Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and more. This digestible four-episode podcast series will tell a concise story of each album in this box, the artists who made them and how they shaped The Sound of Philadelphia. Find it on streaming services when the Anthology ships and listen to each corresponding episode as you make your way through the records in your box.