Art Laboe is a legendary DJ who came to prominence in the '50s in Los Angeles playing doo wop and R&B. He became a promoter, club owner, and syndicated radio star, his Killer Oldies show is still going strong. He is also a label proprietor with Original Sounds. The label's Dedicated to You series is made up of ballads, dance tracks, and classic sides from the '50s to the '90s. The wide range of songs makes for a sometimes disjointed listening experience as not all the segues between eras make sense. Still there is a lot of fine R&B, soul, girl group sounds, funk and contemporary R&B that will make you want to dance and reminisce. The highlights of this volume are Patti Drew's "Tell Him," the Lost Generation's "The Sly, The Slick and the Wicked," H-Town's "Knockin' the Boots," and Rosie & the Originals' "Angel Baby." Just that brief list of songs should give you an idea of how broad the scope of the series is. The inclusion of too many tracks from the '90s makes this the weakest collection of the lot, unless of course you are a fan of the '90s.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra