When you think of the defining moments of Atlantic soul, you can't help but think of the classics of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, and others cut from the same cloth -- their music seems wrenched from somewhere impossibly deep inside the human experience, articulating highs and lows alike with unabashed emotion. If there's a downside to such remarkable music, it's that subtlety and nuance are in relatively short supply, which is not to suggest that Atlantic didn't dabble in more traditionally sophisticated records on occasion, which is where the awkwardly titled Getting to Me: 25 Tracks from the Classy Atlantic End of the Rare 60s Soul Spectrum comes in. It's a misnomer to call this music "smooth" or "mellow" given the energy of the grooves, but there's no mistaking its elegance or its eloquence, either -- the performances are beautifully shaded, but no less moving for their restraint. Highlights include Ben E. King's previously unreleased title cut, the great Darrell Banks' "Here Come the Tears," Tami Lynn's "You My Love," and Bobby Womack's "Find Me Somebody."
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