Gene Chandler

The Duke of Earl [Prime Cuts]

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Interestingly enough, Duke of Earl, Prime Cuts' budget collection of Gene Chandler's greatest hits, doesn't lead off with the title track. Instead, it begins with "I Fooled You This Time," another classic song that is more representative of Chandler's soulful sound than his biggest hit. Despite its marginal sound quality and rather short, ten-song tracklisting, the collection still manages to be worthwhile. Curtis Mayfield-penned singles like "Nothing Can Stop Me" and "What Now?" reaffirm that Chandler was one of the best interpreters of Mayfield's songs. "Baby, That's Love," "Gonna Be Good Times," and "Those Were the Good Old Days" are some of the other highlights of this too-brief collection; the budget-conscious might appreciate it, but most fans would be better served by Varese's Nothing Can Stop Me: Gene Chandler's Greatest Hits.

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