Like its predecessor, the second volume of the Right On! series assembles rare bits and overlooked album cuts that first appeared on major labels Warner Bros. and Atlantic, but that doesn't mean you should expect the expected. Few of these recordings, all of which were subsequently sampled for latter-day hip-hop and dance records, have been the subject of contemporary reissue before now, and while their drum tracks, basslines, and the occasional horn break may be familiar, chances are you're hearing the originals for the first time. The fun of sets like this one is discovering a given beat, break, or bite and experiencing that moment of recognition when music's past and present merge, and while this time out there are fewer offbeat and downright weird selections, the songs are consistently stronger and funkier than the first Right On! set, making for a fantastic listen whether you're mining for samples or just looking for a soundtrack for housekeeping. Highlights include Black Heat's "Wanaoh," Harold Alexander's "Sandy's Love," Freddie Hubbard's "South Street Soul," Donny Hathaway's "Magnificent Sanctuary Band," and Ella Fitzgerald's "Get Ready."
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny