Love's Train: The Best of Funk Essentials Ballads

Various Artists

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Love's Train: The Best of Funk Essentials Ballads Review

by Andrew Hamilton

Some multiple-artists compilations satisfy more than others. On some you enjoy a few cuts, while others are use to accentuate romantic encounters -- the kind you lay on the CD player, push "repeat all," and go for it, knowing the music is set. This collection is like that. It begins soft and slow with "Baby Blues" by the Love Unlimited Orchestra featuring Barry White; it kicks into second with Con Funk Shun's "Love's Train" and hits high gear on Stephanie Mills' electrifying closer "Feel the Fire."The different styles offer a cornucopia of love jams. Everything from Randy Brown's deep soul romp "I Wanna Make Love to You" to Kool & the Gang's jazzy, synthesized "Summer Madness." You won't find any disappointing edited versions, either; seven minutes and twenty seconds of "Heaven Must Be Like This" by the Ohio Players attest to that.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Love Unlimited Orchestra 05:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 Con Funk Shun 05:10 SpotifyAmazon
3 Cameo 05:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 The Dells 05:16 SpotifyAmazon
5 The Four Tops 03:58 SpotifyAmazon
6 Ohio Players 07:20 SpotifyAmazon
7 Starpoint 06:01 SpotifyAmazon
8 Kool & the Gang 04:15 SpotifyAmazon
9 René & Angela 04:57 SpotifyAmazon
10 The Gap Band 05:38 SpotifyAmazon
11 Love Unlimited 03:44 SpotifyAmazon
12 Bar-Kays 04:49 SpotifyAmazon
13 Randy Brown 03:26 SpotifyAmazon
14 Kinsman Dazz 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
15 Cameo 04:42 SpotifyAmazon
16 Stephanie Mills 04:53 SpotifyAmazon
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