Various Artists

The Cream of Vintage Soul, Vol. 1

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This three-CD compilation from Mars Records is loaded with familiar artists doing unfamiliar songs. Known tunes are The Parliaments' "I Wanna Testify," Eddie Holman's "This Can't Be True," and Bob & Earl's "Harlem Shuffle." The rest -- like Frank Beverly's "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)," the Dynamics' "Bingo," David Ruffin's "You're Still in My Heart," and the Flirtations' "Settle Down" -- will be strangers to most ears. L.J. Reynolds & the Relations weigh in with "We're in the Middle," recorded prior to Reynolds' association with the Dramatics. There are also tracks by J.J. Barnes, Darrell Banks, and many others.

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