Garnett Jones oozes tears by the bucket on "I Just Can't Lose Your Love," Ellie Greenwich's "Please Make the Love Go Away," the Miracles' "Ooo Baby Baby," and "What's Left to Give (After Giving It All)" -- all superb examples of heartache soul. This is the first of two compilations by the Baltimoreans on Collectables. It's titled after their debut on Sylvia and Joe Robinson's A&I label, Message From a Blackman; that single's B-side, Sly Stone's "Dance to Message," is on the second collection. It's almost as if somebody at Collectables put the A&1 single and the tracks from their three Stang albums in a hat, closed their eyes, and randomly selected these 16 songs and saved the rest for the second CD, necessitating purchasing both to get all their goodies -- or shelling deeper in your pockets for the 38-track, two-disc Deep Beats package.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton
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