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Brown Eyed Soul: The Sound of East L.A., Vol. 2

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Since Brown Eyed Soul: The Sound of East L.A. doesn't follow any chronological order, Vol. 2 doesn't really pick up where its predecessor left off. Instead, it simply follows the pattern of Vol. 1, compiling forgotten singles from the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s with no particular rhyme or reason. There are a few familiar songs on Vol. 2 -- including Ritchie Valens' "We Belong Together," War's "Why Can't We Be Friends?," and the Premiers' "Farmer John" -- but its main strength is that it gathers regional soul, R&B, and rock & roll hits from the likes of the Blendells ("La La La La La"), McKinley Travis ("Baby, Is There Something On Your Mind"), the Gallahads ("I'm Without a Girl Friend"), Cannibal & the Headhunters ("Please Baby Please"), Brenton Wood ("Baby You Got It"), and Hank Jacobs ("East Side").

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