Edwin Starr

Essential Collection

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Edwin Starr's vocal approach combined the deep Memphis soul of Stax with the uptown pop of Motown, but aside from "War," which was a monster hit in 1970, and the classic grit of 1969's "25 Miles," he seemed to never quite find his footing. This collection has several of the Norman Whitfield-produced songs for Motown that came closest to giving Starr his own sound, including "War," and a couple of the late-career disco-styled tracks like "H.A.P.P.Y. Radio" that gave Starr a last turn at the charts, but it lacks too many of his best releases ("25 Miles," "Agent Double-O-Soul") to be truly deemed essential.

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