The Dramatics

Soul Six Pack

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In 2009, Universal Music Group devised Soul Six Pack, a digital-download-only series of bite-size samplers that cover a handful of well-known Stax label artists. With identikit artwork and semi-arbitrary track selections that included some -- but never all -- of a given artist's major hits, the series seemed more like an experiment than a service to casual listeners. The Dramatics' Soul Six Pack is decent, if only in a relative sense, because it has a nice chunk of the group's essential songs, including "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," "In the Rain," and "Get Up and Get Down." Still, it's no substitute for a proper anthology, or even a sharp budget compilation of ten or a dozen cuts.

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