Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Just the Way

Various Artists

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Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: Just the Way Review

by Steve Huey

One of several similar compilations on the Reader's Digest Music label, Just the Way You Are features easy-listening arrangements of a variety of pre-rock pop standards and more contemporary soft-rock hits. The Romantic Strings are the most heavily featured performers, and there are also tracks from Henry Mancini, Floyd Cramer, Roger Williams, and the Frank DeVal Orchestra, among others.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Barry White 04:48 Amazon
2 Diana Ross 03:39 Amazon
3 The Jackson 5 03:58 Amazon
4 Smokey Robinson 04:09 Amazon
5 Al Green 04:46 Amazon
6 Rose Royce 05:20 Amazon
7 Lou Rawls 03:32 Amazon
8 The O'Jays 03:22 Amazon
9 The Chi-Lites 02:51 Amazon
10 Jackie Wilson 02:59 Amazon
11 Teddy Pendergrass 04:51 Amazon
12 Al Jarreau 02:03 Amazon
13 Dina Carroll / Joolz Gianni 03:05 Amazon
14 04:15 Amazon
15 Phyllis Nelson 04:11 Amazon
16
Dorothy Moore 03:34 Amazon
17 Junior Walker 02:57 Amazon
18 Brook Benton 03:43 Amazon
19 Heatwave 05:05 Amazon
20 Ray Charles 02:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Michael Jackson 04:09 Amazon
2 The Three Degrees 02:41 Amazon
3 Harold Melvin 03:07 Amazon
4 Ben E. King 02:53 Amazon
5 Percy Sledge 02:54 Amazon
6 James Brown 02:48 Amazon
7 Odyssey 03:19 Amazon
8 The Real Thing 03:20 Amazon
9 The Drifters 02:15 Amazon
10 The Detroit Emeralds 03:18 Amazon
11 Millie Jackson 03:27 Amazon
12 Maxine Brown 02:34 Amazon
13 Danny Williams 02:40 Amazon
14 Ike Turner / Tina Turner 03:43 Amazon
15 04:39 Amazon
16 Billy Ocean 02:31 Amazon
17 Smokey Roberts 03:05 Amazon
18 G.C. Cameron / Martha Reeves 03:05 Amazon
19 Jimmy Ruffin 02:49 Amazon
20 Syreeta 03:11 Amazon
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