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Ultimate Love Songs Collection: When a Man Loves a Woman

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Time Life Music’s Ultimate Love Songs Collection: When a Man Loves a Woman relies heavily on material from the '70s, '80s, and '90s, though a pair of shout-outs to date-night legends Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”) and Nat King Cole (“Unforgettable”) helps to keep things classy. If anything, the compilation proves that romantic pop balladry has changed little over the decades. While Sledge and Cole's contributions to the genre are indeed timeless, most of these tracks (Rod Stewart's “Have I Told You Lately,” Joe Cocker's “You Are So Beautiful,” and Debby Boone's “You Light Up My Life”) have stood the test of time for good reason.

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