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Love Songs: Always & Forever

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Love songs are the very bedrock of pop music, and every generation, year after year, has its own, making the years go by with a constant stream of them, and some of those love songs break through the generations to become timeless and enduring favorites across the board. This generous 20-song set features several of those (one wonders, though, if some of them, like Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang," collected here, is actually a love song), including classics like Nina Simone's "My Baby Just Cares for Me," Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa," Patti Page's "Tennessee Waltz," Dean Martin's "That's Amore," Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love" and Etta James' "At Last." There's even a track from Marilyn Monroe, not normally considered a singer, "I Wanna Be Loved by You."

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