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Smooth Grooves: The '60s, Vol. 3: Late '60s

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Of the three Smooth Grooves collections devoted to the 1960s, this is the lushest, if a bit slicker and sappier than the others. It also has the most off-the-beaten-track selections, including a pre-Hi single by Al Green ("Back Up Train"), and hits by the Dynamics, the Unifics, the Masqueraders, the Moments, and Eddie Floyd that made a much bigger impact on the R&B charts than the pop ones. More familiar cuts are on tap from Aaron Neville ("Tell It like It Is"), Eddie Holman ("Hey There Lonely Girl"), and the Delfonics ("La-La-Means I Love You"). The most valuable treasure may be Toussaint McCall's "Nothing Takes the Place of You," a prime slice of New Orleans sweet soul.

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