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Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads

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Time-Life's Classic Soul Ballads most definitely lives up to its name. Jumping with ease from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the disc is sure to set the love light to simmer with tracks like Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing," Teddy Pendergrass's "Turn Off the Lights," Regina Belle's "Baby Come to Me," and the Stylistics' "Betcha by Golly, Wow." With love comes pain, so there are a few heartbreakers like Earth, Wind & Fire's "After the Love Has Gone" and the Chi-Lites' "Have You Seen Her" mixed in to keep things real. They don't really spoil the flow, and if you don't listen to the words, the smooth sounds will pave right over the tears and keep the mood intact. Extra credit for the inclusion of the wonderful Isley/Jasper/Isley gem "Caravan of Love."

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