Various Artists

Smooth Grooves: The '60s, Vol. 2: Mid-'60s

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The Smooth Grooves series moves into the mid-'60s with 16 tracks by both soul giants (Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Impressions) and a smattering of performers whose success was primarily confined to the R&B charts (Walter Jackson, Lorraine Ellison, and Howard Tate, who does the original version of "Get It While You Can," covered by Janis Joplin). It's a dependable lineup of some of the best romantic soul of the era; the most obscure cut is Chris Bartley's "The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven," written by Van McCoy.

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