Album: Various artists, 100 Soul Classics, (Atlantic Gold)
Sunday 10 May 2009
The lady is standing up to applaud because she has no alternative. This is not the first time Atlantic has repackaged its R&B back catalogue, but it is one of the best.
That's because this four-disc set allows the compilers to include interesting (relative) obscurities among the obviousnesses. So for every Aretha, Otis and Ray there's a Richie Barrett, Jackie Moore and Blue Magic. Also, it's chronological, so it tells a story, from doo-wop to Eddie Harris's electric sax. You really should, you know.
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