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I'm a Good Woman, Vol. 2

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The second volume in Harmless' excellent I'm a Good Woman series favors bigger names and more recognizable songs than its predecessor, but nevertheless does an excellent job of documenting the feminine empowerment and social consciousness that bloomed among soul music's great divas with the emergence of funk. While Aretha Franklin's "A Change," Ann Peebles' "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," and Camille Yarbrough's "Take Yo' Praise" (later immortalized via Fatboy Slim's blockbuster "Praise You") are the marquee attractions here, the real value of the disc is its inclusion of more rare grooves like Marva Whitney's massive "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," Nikki Giovanni's "Ego Tripping," and Helene Smith's "You Got to Be a Man" -- the whole set's a seamless listen and a worthy addition to what's shaping up to be a great series.

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