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Soul: The Collection

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Rhino's 60-track Soul: The Collection is a budget compilation that compiles many of the best-known '60s and early-'70s R&B hits. It's presented cheaply, but it makes for an affordable way to dive into the era with nothing in the way of re-recordings or second-rate live material. Many of the selections are drawn from the Stax and Atlantic catalogs. Among the enduring classics are Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour," Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions," the Spinners' "I'll Be Around," and Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By."

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