Various Artists

Glory of Love: '50s Sweet & Soulful Love Songs

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Rhino has the Smooth Grooves series, and The Right Stuff does Slow Jams; Hip-O enters the fray of romantic soul ballad compilations with their Glory of Love collections, with separate volumes devoted to the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Compared to those other series, however, Glory of Love lags behind. There are no liner notes, and most of the selections have been anthologized several times over, both on vinyl and CD. So it won't win any prizes for imagination, but musically there's nothing wrong with the '50s installment, with famous hits from Jerry Butler, Ivory Joe Hunter, Brook Benton, Johnny Ace, the Flamingos and Chuck Willis, as well as some less overexposed cuts by Ed Townsend ("For Your Love") and Earl Grant ("The End").

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