Various Artists

3 Decades of Soul Ballads

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Madacy's Soul Ballads is a curious collection of soul tracks from the '70s and '80s. It is extremely brief at only ten songs and features just a couple of hits: Bill Withers' "Lean on Me," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down" being the biggest. The rest of the disc is made up of perfectly fine smooth soul offerings by the Isley Brothers, Natalie Cole, and the Manhattans. The only track that lets down the side is Lou Rawls' unfortunate and soulless cover of "The Wind Beneath My Wings." The brevity of the collection and the lackluster track selection make this a collection not worth adding to yours.

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