Deep Soul, Vol. 1 is a good budget-priced collection that contains 13 soul hits from the '70s. Nothing here is "deep soul" -- there are no punchy stax horns, Southern grooves or shouted vocals. Everything is smooth in the Philly-soul and Hi Records tradition, and as long as you know that coming into the collection, you won't be disappointed. Among the highlights on the collection are the Moments' "Love on a Two-Way Street," the Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," the Dramatics' "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," Joe Simon's "Drowning in the Sea of Love," Bobby Womack's "That's the Way I Feel About Ya," Chairmen of the Board's "Give Me Just a Little More Time," Honey Cone's "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show," the Manhattans' "There's No Me Without You" and the Escorts' "Look Over Your Shoulder."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine