Various Artists

Quiet Storm: The 70's [Rebound #1]

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What were they smoking at Rebound Records when they assembled this one? "Quiet Storm," a term referring to ballad material by black artists that owes its name to Smokey Robinson's 1975-1976 hit "Quiet Storm," was used by radio stations in the late '70s and early '80s to describe their formats. This compilation of tracks from the Polygram vaults (and originally released on the A&M, Chocolate City, De-Lite, Mercury, Polydor, Tamla, and 20th Century labels) similarly samples from the softer moments of ten black artists. But somebody wasn't paying too much attention to the other part of the title since, strangely enough, half the tracks do not originate from the '70s! "Ooo Baby Baby," mistakenly credited to Robinson when it was actually performed by him as part of his group the Miracles, was released in 1965. Kool & the Gang's number one R&B, gold-selling hit "Cherish," the Gap Band's Top Five R&B hit "Yearning for Your Love," Con Funk Shun's LP track "Love's Train," and Atlantic Starr's Top 20 R&B hit "Love Me Down" all date from the 1980s. This is an album that credits a compilation producer, two project coordinators, and three people who did the licensing. Apparently, none of them know how to use a calendar. Quiet Storm: The 70's is a modestly entertaining budget-priced collection, but don't buy it expecting it to live up to its title.

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