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Gold Collection: R&B Favorites

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It's one thing to recycle popular songs that have been compiled on dozens of other discs, but it's another thing entirely when inferior versions appear instead of the originals. Below the track listing on each volume of St. Clair's Gold Collection series, the consumer is informed -- in very small lettering -- that the songs are not the original versions. Instead, they are either live takes or "new stereo recordings." These comps should be hard to give away, let alone sell. Gold Collection: R&B Favorites follows suit, with undesirable versions of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," the Miracles' "Shop Around," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is," Rare Earth's "Get Ready," and the Drifters' "Save the Last Dance for Me."

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