Various Artists

Three Decades of Soul

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Three Decades of Soul features a wealth of soul classics by various well-known artists. Some of the highlights include Lou Rawls' "Wind Beneath My Wings," Patty Austin's "You Don't Have to Say You're Sorry," Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and the Isley Brothers' "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," in addition to many others. Even though many of these performers are acknowledged legends, and many of these performances truly legendary, this is by no means a definitive or comprehensive look at the soul era's golden age. In fact, it's a rather selective collection that leaves much to be desired. For example, how can you take a retrospective look at the soul genre during its golden era without featuring any Motown artists? And what about Curtis Mayfield or Isaac Hayes, not to mention the many other soul artists affiliated with these two? This is a fine and enjoyable collection if you take it for what it is, rather than what Madacy wants you to presume it is: a comprehensive collection of soul music.

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