Various Artists

Best of '80s R&B

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This ten-track budget compilation of 1980s R&B hits gives good value for the money, assuming that the price is as low as it should be. The recordings are drawn from labels under the control of BMG, which is to say RCA Victor, Arista, and Jive, and the selections include two chart-topping R&B hits, Billy Ocean's "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" and Aretha Franklin's "Jump to It," as well as two that topped the pop charts, the aforementioned Ocean hit and Exposé's "Seasons Change." In fact, eight of the ten tracks crossed over to make some impression on the pop charts. Rap is represented by Whodini and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, but the more common style is dance-pop. Of course, these 45 minutes are not "the best of '80s R&B," but they do constitute a representative sampling of the kind of music that was popular in the R&B market during the decade, and they should bring pleasure to those who heard them on the radio in those days.