Various Artists

Soulful Songs of Love

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This disc, released by the regularly unreliable Direct Source label, features a combination of live and studio recordings. Soulful Songs of Love features "new stereo recordings by the original artists," and the original artists here include Marvin Gaye ("How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You"), the Stylistics ("I'm Stone in Love with You"), Barry White ("All in the Run of Love"), and Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"). These recordings are extremely inferior to the original versions, recorded cheaply and while most of the vocalists were not in top form. The live material sounds no better than a mediocre bootleg. The chintzy backing that takes place on the majority of the studio recordings is no plus, either. Direct Source pumps out discs like this by the dozens, and there's really no reason to pay attention to any of them.

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