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: The Best of Soul follows suit, with undesirable versions of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," the Drifters' "You Make Me Feel Brand New," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," the Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," and Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate."
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman