The fertile soul charts of the '60s are spotlighted on this 18-track collection from Relativity. Ranging from some late-period work by the Drifters to Jerry Butler's Philly International hits, the mix keeps the gold coming with the likes of James Brown ("It's a Man's Man's Man's World"), Mary Wells ("You Beat Me to the Punch"), Bobby Bland ("I Pity the Fool"), and the Impressions ("Choice of Colors"). And relatively obscure figures get the nod as well, including Tommy Hunt, Johnny Adams, and Walter Jackson. From doo wop to early funk, Tighten Up brings the hits and the perennial grooves.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook