With a track listing similar in scope to 2002's excellent Essentials series from the Warner imprint, this Collectables compilation features many of the group's finest hits, including "I'll Be Around," "Mighty Love," and "One of a Kind." That said, there are also many glaring omissions, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" (inarguably one of the group's finest moments) and "Working My Way Back to You." These omissions make I'll Be Around inferior to several other of the compilations readily available, but it's still a sensible purchase for the casual listener looking for a solid starting point to explore one of soul music's finest groups.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston