Soul in the '70s is a very average compilation that positions itself somewhere between anthologizing classics and featuring other tunes that haven't been overexposed on dozens of other similar packages. As with any decent compilation of '70s soul, there's a good representation from Philadelphia. There's actually a very liberal dose of Philly soul here, including songs from the Three Degrees ("A Woman Needs a Good Man"), Billy Paul ("Traces"), the O'Jays ("Sunshine"), Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes ("It All Depends on You"), and MFSB ("Touch Me in the Morning"). Other selections come from Chicago's Emotions ("Smile") and Gary, IN's own Deniece Williams ("The Boy I Left Behind"). This is clearly a budget title with little in the way of loving care put into the presentation.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman