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Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10

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Another in the august series of budget-priced hits compilations that flood the market with Motown mania, Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10 paved the way with golden hits and a few misses from the label's mid- to late-'70s roster. Relying heavily on the super-fabulous Diana Ross and the super-smooth Commodores to carry the weight with a contribution of a scattered six out of 16 songs between them, this compilation is slightly out of balance as Ross powers through the monstrous hits "Love Hangover" and "Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)," plus the 1979 sleeper "The Boss," while the Commodores tone it down with "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," and "Sail On."

That leaves the rest of the set shuffled in between the main acts in single songs. But it's still a nifty, if slightly odd group on offer. Rather than continue to go for outstanding top hits, Chartbusters instead includes Syreeta's forgotten "Your Kiss Is Sweet," Tata Vega's non-charting "Get It Up for Love," and, coming in earlier than anyone else, Yvonne Fair with 1974's "It Should Have Been Me" -- better-known as the B-side to her hit "Walk Out the Door if You Wanna." And that just leaves a few more heavy-hitting old-timers to round out the mix -- Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up, Pt. 1 " and the Miracles' "Love Machine" are still marvelous, while the era's relative newcomer, Rick James, sees a reprisal of his first-ever hit "You and I."

Scattershot and ragged, this budget-label series is a sure-fire money-maker, and sure to please the casual soul fanatic. However, with such an oddly planned mishmash of material, at the end of the day, the set's lack of cohesion is frustrating.

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