Various Artists

Dance Classics: New Jack Swing, Vol. 6

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Another handy way to obtain club-oriented late-'80s and early-'90s R&B in bulk, the sixth volume of the Rodeo label's Dance Classics: New Jack Swing series features another decent assortment of extended and alternate 12" mixes. As usual, some of the tracks are mastered from vinyl and could sound better, but the era has otherwise gone neglected, with very few legitimate compilations produced by the majors and respected catalog labels. Highlights here come from Today ("Take It Off [Extended Version]"), TLC ("Hat 2 da Back [Extended Version]"), Mint Condition ("Are You Free [12" Peppermint Mix]"), Guy ("Her [Extended Version]"), and Bell Biv DeVoe ("Word to the Mutha [Club Mentality]").