Various Artists

MVP Vintage Soul, Vol. 2

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An R&B salad bar with selections culled from the '50s and early/mid-'60s. Straight rhythm & blues by James Brown ("Why Do You Do Me Like You Do"), the Drifters ("Ruby Baby"), and Little Richard ("Try Some of Mine") mix with the Impressions' haunting "Gypsy Woman," Barrett Strong's "Money That's What I Want," and Dionne Warwick's understated "Walk on By." The rest are time-tested classics as well, including the Platters' "Great Pretender," Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Makes," and Etta James' soulful, definitive reading of the standard "At Last."

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