Various Artists

Hot Summer Nights [K-Tel]

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Along with the Amii Stewart's lesser-known, yet no less bombastic single "Light My Fire," "Tell It Like It Is" from Aaron Neville and Barbara Lewis' "Baby I'm Yours" are the only original recordings on this otherwise weak K-Tel compilation. Nearly every song here can easily be found on any number of other 1960s and '70s R&B/soul sets, and by the original artist, to boot. Conversely, Hot Summer Nights can only offer what amount to cover versions since the material here is, to quote the liner notes, "performed by the original artist or one or more members of the original group."

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