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Homeboys of Soul

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Following in the footsteps of Thump Records' similar Homegirls of Soul compilation, Homeboys assembles a broad selection of old school soul songs from the '50s and '60s. Highlights include James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," the Moonglows' "Sincerely," the Bar-Kays' "Soul Finger," and Otis Redding's "Mr. Pitiful." Not everything here is classic, and many of the songs seem odd choices; it's pretty obvious Thump is trying to keep the licensing costs to a minimum. Still, the David Gonzales artwork will please anyone attracted to the California lowrider scene, and anyone looking for a classic soul collection that avoids the obvious choices should find this a worthwhile listen.

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