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Sweet Soul Music

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Not to be confused with Bear Family's excellent year-based series of the same title, this Sweet Soul Music, released by a label called Performance, features 50 classic R&B songs from the 1960s. Dominated by hits from the earlier part of the decade, it includes the Falcons' "I Found a Love," Ray Charles' "Unchain My Heart," James Brown's "Night Train," the Cookies' "Chains," Jerry Butler's "Make It Easy on Yourself," and Solomon Burke's "Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)," along with other significant singles from the era. The presentation leaves a lot to be desired, but the set originally retailed at a budget price.

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