Various Artists

The Ultimate R&B Album

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A six-disc grab bag assortment that couldn't possibly live up to its title, The Ultimate R&B Album selects R&B and rap tracks from the late '90s and early 2000s. Only ten selections are included on each disc -- a clever stunt by the U.K.-based Decadance label to make it look like you're getting more music for your money. (This could've easily been a four-disc set.) They also surround each certifiable hit with a handful of damp squibs. Notables include Warren G's "Regulate," Aaliyah's "At Your Best (You Are Love)," Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go" (in a remixed form), Joe's "Don't Wanna Be a Player," and Dazz Band's wobbly interpretation of Norman Connors' quiet storm classic "You Are My Starship."

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