Various Artists

Sweet Soul of the '70s: Just to Be Close to You

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One of the two-disc, 30-track spin-offs from Time-Life's 11-disc Sweet Soul of the ‘70s box set, Sweet Soul of the ‘70s: Just to Be Close to You emphasizes the earlier half of the decade but includes a handful of classics from the middle part of the decade, such as the ballads “I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “Easy” (Commodores), and “Love Ballad” (L.T.D.), as well as the disco smash “Love Hangover” (Diana Ross). From the early ‘70s, there’s Stevie Wonder's “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)," Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” a trio of Jackson 5 hits (including “Dancing Machine”), and a trio of Temptations hits (including “Ball of Confusion”). Another fine way to get a sampling of popular and enduring ‘70s soul.

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