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Steppin Across the U.S.A., Vol. 2

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Steppin Across the U.S.A., Vol. 2 balances the work of known names with songs true to the stepping style. Contributions from the Temptations figure in here, even though they aren't often synonymous with stepping. The '80s work of several former Temptations -- Dennis Edwards' great solo debut, "Don't Look Any Further," and David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks' 1987 duet "Don't Know Why You're Dreaming" -- show up here. Even better is 1992's "The Jones" from the Temptations, which is a perfect stepping record and one of the group's best early-'90s efforts. Steppin Across the U.S.A., Vol. 2 also offers some truly innovative and vital music from lesser-known artists, like Loose Change's "Rising Cost of Love," and bona fide classics of the genre, such as Jeffree's "Love's Gonna Last" and "Mr. Fix It." One of the later entries, Identity Crisis' cover of "Sing a Simple Song," is bass heavy and Soul II Soul-styled and very stepping-friendly. Despite all of the great songs included, there's little cohesion, but this compilation is a great place to find some rare songs, even if the overall selections seem scattershot.

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