Various Artists

Billboard Top R&B Hits: 1965

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It's 1965, and soul is hitting its stride with the Godfather on the rise, Motown heavily in the black, and independent labels producing some gems. Rhino delivers the dancefloor goodies on another edition of their generally fine yet slim Billboard Top R&B Hits discs. This time around, the ten cuts are primarily taken over by Berry Gordy's Motor City Hit Factory. Whether hearing Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Miracles, or the Supremes, the dance-pop genius of Gordy's crew is made very clear; and that's not to overlook more raw gems from Motown's bar walkin' sax master Junior Walker & the All-Stars ("Shotgun") and Chess' overshadowed soul diva Fontella Bass ("Rescue Me"). Not the thorough collection for discerning fans, but still a potent sampling of some of soul's marquee moments.

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