Various Artists

20 Detroit Chartbusters, Vol. 3

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This third installment in the series features many of Detroit's unsung soul heroes and Northern soul icons covering songs from the golden era of Motown's dominance on the pop charts in the '60s. There's a stellar lineup of artists in the mix: Edwin Starr, the Originals, Barbara McNair, and Brenda Holloway, to name but a few. And while the song selection is solid, the performances and production sadly do the whole compilation a complete disservice. Overly chorused, super-polished, and wet instrumentation leaves the musicians sounding programmed and two-dimensional, and a jarring contrast between the music and the vocals ensues. Frankie Gaye, Marvin's younger brother, does a duet with Kim Weston in an attempt to revamp the magic she and Marvin shared, but like most everything else on this disc, it falls flat right from the beginning. It's a well-intentioned experiment that would have worked much better during the heyday of the '60s; instead, it falls short of being anything nearly comparable. Definitely only for die-hard soul fans who want to hear what their heroes have been up to lately.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:28
2 4:20
3 4:16
4 3:46
5 3:38
6 4:02
7 3:56
8 3:34
9 4:43
10 4:04
11 3:41
12 4:04
13 3:30
14 3:40
15 3:31
16 5:22
17 3:38
18 3:55
19 4:12
20 3:07
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