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Sultry Soul Sisters (Wonder Women, Vol. 3)

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Not much of this is rare, but it's an excellent compilation of mid-'60s female-sung soul-pop with a romantic, emotional edge. There are big hits by Dionne Warwick and Barbara Lewis, but there are also excellent sides by Maxine Brown, a pre-Motown Gladys Knight, and Ketty Lester ("Love Letters") that didn't make it into heavy oldies rotation. Bessie Banks' excellent, little-known original version of "Go Now" was copied virtually note-for-note by the Moody Blues, who had a Top Ten hit with it in 1965. Especially great is the original version of "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones, which was made into a huge international synth-pop smash by Soft Cell in the 1980s. Jones' version, though, is a torrential soul-stomper that rates not just as one of the great lost soul records of all time, but as one of the finest singles of the 1960s that deserved to be a big hit, yet wasn't.