The original version of “Strategy” (off Archie Bell & The Drells’ 1979 album of the same name) is great in its own right, but today’s track—a re-edit by British producer Touchsoul off this year’s Philadelphia International: The Re-Edits compilation—might surpass it. Archie Bell & The Drells, originally from Houston, were among the acts signed to the influential Philadelphia International label in the ’70s (which you can read a little more about here). The success of their 1968 single “Tighten Up” led the group to record their first album, I Can’t Stop Dancing, with soon-to-be Philly soul luminaries Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. “Strategy” came late in the group’s career—weak sales of the record were one of the factors that led the group to disband in the early ’80s—and saw Gene McFadden and John Whitehead taking over for Gamble and Huff on production duties.
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