Various Artists

Atlantic Soul Classics [1985]

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An early and still-valuable collection of prime Atlantic R&B and soul sides. The label that both stole and helped foster some of Stax and Hi Records' thunder brings you a predictably far-reaching mix, ranging from the proto-rock & roll of Big Joe Turner and vocal harmony riches by the Drifters to classic Southern soul from Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett. Oh, there's also a fine cut from soul originator Ray Charles, some relatively obscure booty by Barbara Lewis and Doris Troy, and the requisite sounds of Ben E. King and Percy Sledge. A perfect introductory disc for those interested in both the roots and peaks of soul.

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