Various Artists

Soul Ballads [St. Clair Box]

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Don't let the tantalizing track list (including Teddy Pendergrass' "Love TKO," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," George McRae's "Rock Your Baby," Joe Simon's "You Keep Me Hanging On," Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," and over 20 others) spread across three discs fool you. As indicated on the back cover, Soul Ballads contains of "new stereo recordings," none of which are preferable over their original counterparts. Some of the versions are downright embarrassing. A handful of poorly recorded live versions also factor in, making the package all that much more avoidable.

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