Various Artists

Drivetime Triple Set

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Anyone with access to a vehicle or simply a yen to hit the road could use a great three-disc box set of likely hits for a road trip. This, unfortunately, is not that set. Instead, it's a bulging collection of songs that the Spectrum/Universal label decided could be tied into a driving compilation. It certainly begins promisingly enough, with "Dancing in the Streets" by Martha & the Vandellas and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, but nearly everything that follows will prompt the question: why is this on a driving compilation? What makes a great driving song out of the Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" or Extreme's "More Than Words" or Peaches & Herb's "Reunited" or Patsy Cline's "Crazy" or Dinah Washington's "Mad About the Boy"? Nothing. They are, though, songs that are owned by Universal, along with hundreds of better choices for this thematic compilation.

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