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Salsoul Essentials

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Salsoul Essentials certainly lives up to its title, compiling some of the pioneering NY-based dance label's most sought-after 12" releases. You'll happily dance yourself silly to such jams as Double Exposure's "Ten Percent," Logg's "I Know You Will," and First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder." Inner Life is represented with a joyously, bombastic cover of "Aint No Mountain High Enough" and the inspiring "Moment of My Life." Lead singer Jocelyn Brown is reunited with Inner Life II producer Stan Lucas under the Salsoul Orchestra banner on "Take Some Time Out For Love." Disco diva Loleatta Holloway belts out "Love Sensation" and gets a little jazzy "Runaway" with a smooth vibe solo by Vince Montana. The collection offers the pioneering skills of some of dance music's most inventive mixing forebears: Tom Moulton, Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, and Shep Pettibone.

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