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Soul Classics, Vol. 1 [Amw]

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Although its song selection is a little haphazard, EMI-Capitol Special Markets' Soul Classics, Vol. 1 is a nice sampler of '70s and '80s soul. Since it spans so much time, from Little Anthony & the Imperials' '60s hit "Goin' Out of My Head" to Freddie Jackson's 1985 rave-up "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)," it's a little inconsistent, but there are enough good moments -- Al Green's "Full of Fire," Ann Peebles' "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down," Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack's "You're Lookin' Like Love to Me," A Taste of Honey's "Boogie Oogie Oogie" -- to make it a worthwhile budget-priced collection.

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