Various Artists

Essential Memories of Love

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One could debate whether every one of the 56 tracks included on this three-disc compilation is truly an essential memory, but there’s no denying that each one of them is a love song, and the range here is wide, from sides like Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia” to the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “You Didn’t Have to Be so Nice,” Nilsson’s “Without You,” and the Guess Who’s “These Eyes.” Love never really goes out of style, and neither do collections like this -- love is what love is or isn't, and so are the songs we sing about it.

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