Hey Love, the two-volume compilation, has roots as far back as the late '70s when the set was first offered as a mail-order premium on television. Many will recall the commercial depicting a dimly lit party atmosphere that centered on this soundtrack, ending with the memorable exchange "Man, can I borrow that...?" "No my brother, you've got to get your own...here's how!" After several slipshod repackaging efforts, a definitive CD version was issued on a double-disc collection from the purveyors of music-related TV offers, Time-Life. Amazingly, the classic 40-song anthology not only boasts significantly improved sound quality, but perhaps more impressive is that the track list remained exactly the same. The second instalment mirrors the layout of the first in that the contents have no specific sequencing. The material itself spans the years 1970 to 1973, during which the vast majority of these tunes were Top 40 R&B hits as well as a few that crossed over onto the mainstream pop singles chart. A few of the more recognizable titles include "Cowboys to Girls" from the Intruders, the dark tale of abuse on the Persuaders' "Thin Line Between Love and Hate," the Teddy Pendergrass-led Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' timeless rendering of "If You Don't Know Me By Now," Billy Paul's "Me & Mrs. Jones," as well as the title track "Hey Love" from the Delfonics. There are equal measures of sleeper gems, as well, including the Originals' "The Bells," "I Gave to You" by Philly soul mavens the Delfonics, and the stellar remake of "Dedicated to the One I Love" from the Temprees. Each of the respective discs in the Hey Love series are recommended for R&B lovers of all stripes. Hardcore enthusiasts will be able to retire many of their worn 45s, while the average listener is privy to a considerable sampling of well-known tunes. Hey Love can also be considered a superior primer and springboard for the neophyte interested in delving deeper into the late-'60s and early-'70s seminal soul scene.
AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer