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Soulful Divas, Vol. 3: Softly with a Song

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The third set in this multi-volume series is subtitled 'Softly with a Song' and spotlights female R&B balladeers in a variety of settings. Signature tracks from Gladys Knight ("The Best Thing We Can Do Is Say Goodbye"), Nancy Wilson ("I've Never Been to Me"), Melba Moore ("I Am His Lady"), Patti Austin (a great take on "In My Life"), Diana Ross ("Confide in Me") and Dionne Warwick ("So Amazing") are just some of the highlights. Rounding out the collection are equally fine contributions from Minnie Riperton, Brenda Russell, Eloise Laws, Angela Bofill, Merry Clayton, Diane Reeves, the late Phyllis Hyman and later to become disco-dance diva Jody Watley.

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