Various Artists

Sweet Love Songs of Soul

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The front of Sweet Love Songs of Soul notes that the songs are "New Stereo Recordings by the Original Artists," and the track list on the back even notes which selections were recorded live. Credit the KRB label for being honest about the contents of their releases; many lousy labels release compilations consisting of re-recordings and live versions but neglect to inform the consumer in any way. There's no substituting for the originals, of course, but this disc does have unembarrassing looks at Atlantic Starr's "My First Love" and Joe Simon's "Power of Love." The remainder is rather poor to just plain awful.

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