Billy Paul

Let 'Em In/Only the Strong Survive

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During 1999, Capitol Records began reissuing original albums from the Philadelphia International vaults as their Double Shot series. Each individual entry in the Double Shot series contained two original albums, each on a separate CD, and was available at a budget price. Usually, the albums selected for Double Shot treatment didn't represent the artist at their best. Instead, they were flawed but intriguing albums that would be of interest to hardcore collectors. Such is the case with Billy Paul's Let 'Em In/Only the Strong Survive. Neither of these records from the mid-'70s feature Paul at his best, and they're both plagued by uneven material, yet there are enough interesting moments to make it worthwhile for the hardcore followers.

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