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Drew's Famous 30 Greatest Soul

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Even if you're the most casual fan of soul, this two-disc set from the Drew's Famous series will only come in handy if you want a nasty headache. Drew's tireless Hit Crew roll through 30 more renditions of popular songs ("Me and Mrs. Jones," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Betch by Golly Wow," "Let's Stay Together," "Stop in the Name of Love"), most of which use the same exact notes and phrasings while managing to sound completely different from the originals. Soul compilations containing all-original versions are often just as affordable as this thing, so avoid it at all costs -- unless, of course, you want that headache, even if it's preceded by a (fleeting) chuckle.

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