Billy Paul

Gold

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Compilers of Billy Paul CDs seem to have only a surface knowledge of the man's music. This is yet another ho-hum release that will have to suffice fans of Paul's smoky voice until somebody gets a clue. Gold does have highlights, despite the unimaginative choice of material. A full 8:50 version of "Me and Mrs. Jones" is like a fine wine for the ears. Paul sings "I See the Light," an uptempo number with the vigor of a first recording. The romantic "Let's Make a Baby" is always good listening; however, remakes of the MOR "Bluesette," "Proud Mary," and the slow "Ebony Woman" drags this one down.

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