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Soulful Divas, Vol. 1: Pop 'N Soul Sirens

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Subtitled 'Pop'n'Soul Sirens, ' this 14-track collection zeros in on just that, a judicious sampling of R&B femme chirpers who crossed over into pop territory. Highlights include Dionne Warwick's "I Say A Little Prayer," Madeline Bell's "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," Ketty Lester's "Love Letters," Timi Yuro's "Hurt" and Doris Troy's "He's Qualified." Selections from Maxine Brown, Patti Drew, Eloise Laws, Freda Payne, the late Florence Ballard, Betty Everett, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight and Dusty Springfield complete the package. A nice blend of chart hits alongside tunes making their first appearance on compact disc.

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