Doris Duke

Deep Soul Queens

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Two of the least recognized early-'70s soul singers, Doris Duke and Sandra Phillips never had any really big hits, but they did record for a few years. Much of their music and a good deal of the 24 songs included here are mediocre by Southern soul standards. Doris Duke has an awkward, heavy alto voice which doesn't always enunciate clearly and far too often sounds out of place with fast rhythms. She does best when performing heartfelt cheating ballads, such as the classic "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)" and the midtempo "He's Gone," which expresses the pathos known as the blues. Sandra Phillips is no more melodic a singer than Duke, but she has a lighter voice which seems to be more adaptable to these crudely produced tracks. She does fine versions of Dee Dee Warwick's "She Didn't Know (She Kept on Talking)" and Duke's "To the Other Woman (I'm the Other Woman)."

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