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reviewed "Tuskegee". April 06, 2012
For more than a decade Lionel Richie was one of America's most consistent hit makers. First as lead singer of The Commodores and then as a popular solo act Richie racked up nearly two dozen Top Ten hits …
reviewed The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers. November 30, 2011
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The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers
While I am not a particularly big fan of the music of the 1970's one group that stood head and shoulders above the rest was The Doobie Brothers.  Led by vocalist Tom Johnston, this group successfully …
reviewed Ray Charles Genius Loves Company. June 05, 2010
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Ray Charles Genius Loves Company
While it is indeed true that some of Ray Charles' vocal performances on his final recording "Genius Loves Company" are mediocre at best I am willing to cut the man a …
reviewed Stevie Wonder. September 25, 2009
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Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder is amazing!!!   In a career spanning nearly a half century at Motown records he has produced some of the finest pop, soul and R&B records of his day.  I cannot think …
reviewed Playlist: The Very Best of Earth Wind.... March 14, 2009
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Playlist: The Very Best of Earth, Wind & Fire
It all began in the City of Angels in 1969 when the Chicago bred producer/songwriter/vocalist/percussionist Maurice White and his brother Verdine formed an R & B group that they dubbed Salty Peppers. …
reviewed The Greatest Group of Them All. January 23, 2009
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The Ravens
I have read a number of reviews about this anthology over the years and I would tend to agree with most of them.  This collection does a huge injustice to "The Greatest Group of Them All".  …
reviewed All Music Guide To Soul: The Definiti.... January 19, 2009
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All Music Guide
I had never owned an All Music Guide but for years I had been told by fellow music collectors that they are really terrific reference volumes.  When I discovered  that All Music had published …
reviewed Nat King Cole: Greatest Hits. January 04, 2009
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Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole is an American icon. Some sixty years later his early recordings with the King Cole Trio are still highly regarded by jazz afficianados around the world. And many of his solo efforts remain …
reviewed The Four Tops: The Ultimate Collection. December 31, 2008
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The Four Tops Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection , released by Polygram in 1997, contains all the great Motown hits of the Four Tops. The group, formed in Detroit in 1954 remained together for more than forty years until Lawrence …
reviewed Jackie Wilson with Billy Ward and His.... December 23, 2008
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Jackie Wilson with Billy Ward and His Dominoes
When you stop and think about it, the great Jackie Wilson was really just kind of "warming up" during his splendid stint as the young lead singer of Billy Ward and the Dominoes.  When the …
reviewed The Essential O'Jays. December 18, 2008
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The Essential O'Jays
No doubt about it.  When Motown pulled up stakes and moved the bulk of its operations to the West Coast in the early 1970's the center of gravity in the world of soul music shifted dramatically.  …
reviewed Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits. December 17, 2008
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Wilson Pickett's Greatest Hits
I am a bit embarrassed to have to admit this but I guess I never did fully appreciate the abundant talent of one Wilson Pickett while he was still among us. Like so many other kids who grew up in …
reviewed The Cardinals: The Door Is Still Open. December 17, 2008
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The Cardinals The Door Is Still Open
In the late 1940's and the early 1950's the streetcorners of the Baltimore/DC area were alive with aspiring young singers determined to make their mark in the music business. The region was developing …
reviewed Stax Gold: Memphis Hits. December 16, 2008
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Stax Gold Memphis Hits
When I came across this 2006 release from Rhino I jumped all over it.  Although I owned perhaps 2/3 of the tracks in "Stax Gold: Memphis Hits" they were mostly on reissue 45's whose …
reviewed Fever: The Very Best of Little Willie.... December 16, 2008
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Fever The Best of Little Willie John
If you are under the age of 50 you most likely have never heard of him.  Although he managed to hit the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart a total of 14 times between 1956 and 1961, none of his records …
reviewed Billy Stewart One More Time: The Ches.... December 09, 2008
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Billy Stewart One More Time The Chess Years
Like Little Willie John and Jesse Belvin before him, Billy Stewart remains a largely unknown and vastly underrated figure in the history of R&B.  Billy Stewart was discovered by the legendary …
reviewed The Dells Ultimate Collection. December 06, 2008
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The Dells Ultimate Collection
It  all started at Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Il back in 1952 when five friends decided to form a vocal group they dubbed the El-Rays.  Their initial release on Chicago's legendary …
reviewed Al Green : Definitive Greatest Hits. December 05, 2008
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Al Green Definitive Greatest Hits
As decades go the 1970's was never among my favorites.  I have always felt that save for a handful of artists the music of that decade left an awful lot to be desired.  For about three and …
reviewed The Very Best of Otis Redding. December 04, 2008
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The Very Best of Otis Redding
It was the summer of 1967.  Otis Redding was in the midst of the performance of his life at Monterey International Pop Festival.  What he was referring to of course was the way Aretha Franklin …
reviewed Earth Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits. December 04, 2008
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Earth Wind & Fire Greatest Hits
It all began in the City of Angels in 1969 when the Chicago bred producer/songwriter/vocalist/percussionist Maurice White and his brother Verdine formed an R & B group that they dubbed Salty Peppers. …
reviewed The Definitive Rod Stewart. November 30, 2008
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The Definitive Rod Stewart
While Rod Stewart was never really one of my favorite artists I certainly cannot deny that he has been among the most popular and prolific recording artists of the past 40 years.  Ever since the …
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