Various Artists

Slow Jams: The Timeless Collection, Vol. 1

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Snatch this if you see it. Eleven meticulously picked tantalizers that include everything from the Isleys' erotic "Between the Sheets" to Cameo's questioning, woeful "Why Have I Lost You" led by Charlie Singleton's crystal shattering falsetto. "Tonight Is the Night" is a Southern soul floater about losing your virginity that Betty Wright sings with all the apprehensions of an innocent. New Birth's soul makeover of "Wildflower" is gritty and uncompromising; after listening to this, the original sounds lifeless. Full versions of songs make Slow Jamz that much more enjoyable. Lenny Williams' epic "Cause I Love You" is a powerful display of vocal prowess, power, emotion and heart. Tight!

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