Various Artists

Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary

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Soul Train, the longest-running weekly syndicated program in television, gave black artists and dancers a forum when there was no interest from the major networks. This fine three-disc boxed set celebrates the show's two decades and serves as a good overview of how contemporary black pop has changed during its run. The opening disc is by far the most diverse; during the mid-'70s, there was still room for Southern soul and blues, stylish pop, funk, and vocal groups. The second disc mirrors the turn toward more sophisticated production, a less soulful sound, and the coming of disco. The final CD begins with light soul and pop-tinged fare, then slides into rap, hip-hop, and new jack swing. Most of these songs are available elsewhere, but this collection gives listeners a consistently entertaining tour. Rhino deserves bonus points for using all original versions throughout.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:36
2 2:58
3 5:26
4 5:04
5 3:18
6 3:29
7 3:57
8 3:20
9 3:01
10 3:07
11 3:08
12 4:40
13 3:35
14 4:53
15 2:52
16 3:22
17 3:29
18 3:33
19 3:18
20 3:30
21 3:45
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