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Soul Ballads, Vol. 1 [St. Clair]

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St. Clair's Soul Ballads series, no matter how tempting, should be avoided unless the phrase "new stereo recordings" doesn't turn you off. That warning means that you won't be hearing the original versions; instead, you get a number of poor re-recordings, some of which are downright embarrassing (and a couple selections are covers in the traditional sense). The first volume of the series includes Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon," Percy Sledge's "Try a Little Tenderness," Clarence Carter's "Drift Away," the Trammps' "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and the Miracles' "You've Really Got a Hold On Me."

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