Various Artists

Soul Treats

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The scholarly sample fiends at Strictly Breaks were enterprising enough to realize that a market could exist for compilations featuring tracks sampled by one particular artist. Taking the concept of the format pioneered by Ultimate Breaks and Beats one step further, the vinyl-based Soul Treats assembles tracks that have been put to use by Pete Rock. (Strictly Breaks have also done the same for A Tribe Called Quest, Jay-Z, Nas, De La Soul, and Mobb Deep.) Most selections are provided in full, while several are frustratingly reduced to a few brief (if entirely relevant) bars. Soul Treats, originally released in 1998, contains Judy Foster's "Soul Girl" (as heard in "Get On the Mic"), Eugene McDaniels' "Freedom Dance" ("Act Like You Know"), Bama's "Ghettos of the Mind" ("Ghettos of the Mind"), the Three Degrees' "You're the Fool" ("Return of the Mecca"), and Mel & Tim's "Groovy Situation" ("I Got a Love"). Buyer beware: the sound quality varies from track to track.