Various Artists

The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970

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Beginning slowly and soulfully with its first three R&B classics, this excellent 16-song package lives up to its title, while representing only a slice of the legendary black music from this worthy label. Arthur Conley never again came close to "Sweet Soul Music," but it's as potent a tribute to Southern soul as you could want. Aretha Franklin has almost a third of the tunes here, but who's complaining? Two tunes by the underrated Clarence Carter are a treat, as is the album-closing "Rainy Night in Georgia" by the dignified yet soulful Brook Benton.

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