Various Artists

Soul Classics [Stardust]

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It may have greater range than most of the soul compilations out there, but this disc goes a bit too far in selecting hits from the 1960s through the '80s. Of the few tracks listeners would expect on a collection of this title, the Delfonics' "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," the Drifters' "Kissin' in the Back of the Movies" and the Stylistics' "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" come quite close. Elsewhere, the Box Tops ("Cry Like a Baby"), the 5th Dimension ("Aquarius [Let the Sun Shine In]"), Billy Ocean ("Caribbean Queen"), James Brown ("She's the One"), Nina Simone ("My Baby Just Cares for Me") and Gloria Gaynor ("I Am What I Am!") share an album of conspicuously diverse classics.

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