First Choice - The Player

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First Choice - The Player
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Studio album by First Choice
Released 1974
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Future Gold Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Soul, Philadelphia soul
Label Philly Groove
Producer Stan Watson, Norman Harris
First Choice chronology
Armed and Extremely Dangerous
The Player
So Let Us Entertain You
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars


  "The Player" is the second studio album recorded by the American female vocal trio First Choice, released in 1974 on the Philly Groove label.


Chart history

The album features the title track, which peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot Soul Singles. Another single, "Guilty", had moderate success on the charts.


Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Player" Norman Harris, Allan Felder 7:10
2. "Guilty" Ron Roker, Gerry Shury 4:51
3. "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" Bunny Sigler, Norman Harris, Allan Felder 4:44
4. "You've Been Doin' Wrong for So Long" Frank Johnson, Terry Woodford, 3:56
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Hustler Bill" Bunny Sigler, Jean Lang 5:28
6. "All I Need Is Time" Bob Reneu 4:42
7. "Guess What Mary Jones Did" Norman Harris, Allan Felder 4:59
8. "Guilty (Instrumental)" Ron Roker, Gerry Shury 4:51



  • Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, Herb Smith, Ronald L. Smith – guitars
  • Ronnie Baker, Barry Gibson – bass
  • Earl Young, Jerry Goldsmith – drums
  • Larry Washington – congas and bongos
  • Ron Kersey – piano and organ
  • Prime Cut – rhythm on "Guilty" and "All I Need Is Time"
  • Don Renaldo & the Sound of Philadelphia Strings (Albert Barone, Charles Apollonia, Angelo Petrella, Diane Barnett, Romeo Di Stefano, Rudy Malizia, Joe Donofrio, Christine Reeves) – strings
  • Davis Barnett, Angelo Petrella – violas
  • Romeo Di Stefano – cello
  • Rocco Bene, Robert Hartzell – horns and trumpets
  • Fred Linge, Richard Genovese, Edward Cascarella – bass trombones
  • Fred Joiner – tenor trombone
  • Leno Zachery – alto saxophone
  • Danny Williams – French horn


Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 143
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 36
Year Single Peak chart positions
1974 "The Player (Part 1)" 70 7
"Guilty" 19




First Choice - The Player

U.S. Philly Groove records PG 1502 (1974).

Album manufactured in the United States of America.

Album produced by Stan watson and Norman Harris.

The album attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamage spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

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