Various Artists

Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1974

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Another bargain roundup of soul hits compliments of Rhino. The ten tracks here may be too familiar for many listeners, but the song quality has certainly not diminished over the years. Ranging from Philly soul (MFSB & The Three Degrees) to template funk (James Brown), the mix also takes in the one-hit wonder (Blue Magic's "Sideshow"), a bit of bedroom soul (Barry White), and the Queen herself, Aretha Franklin. So, whether your tastes run to the Philly bump alchemy of the Spinners or Gladys Knight's always-stunning vocal talents, this slim-yet-potent mix should satisfy.

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