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Tom Joyner Presents: The Old School Mix Returns

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

There's a few songs that aren't entirely familiar here, which is to the credit of the compilers, since without those, Tom Joyner Presents: The Old School Mix Returns would be nothing more than a stroll down an oldies radio station, albeit one with good taste. Of course, everybody should be aware that the word "mix" is not a synonym for "compilation" in this case. No, it means that all the songs are mixed into the next, with seamless segues that truly are a real bitch if you're just looking for a clean copy of the original hit. This approach does lend the album the feeling of a DJ spinning each song, which could be welcome according to the circumstance -- if you're throwing a party, it's acceptable, but as straight listening, it's a bit irritating. But, if you can ignore that, this is a collection with good taste and sharp sequencing, resulting in a party album that pretty much delivers. But it very well might not be good for anything but a party.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bar-Kays 03:23 Amazon
2 Fatback 03:25 Amazon
3 Chaka Khan 02:59 Amazon
4 Side Effect 04:25 Amazon
5 Hamilton Bohannon 03:31 Amazon
6 Curtis Mayfield 03:31 Amazon
7 Secret Weapon 02:55 Amazon
8 Rose Royce 02:25 Amazon
9 Brass Construction 04:35 Amazon
10 Unlimited Touch 04:48 Amazon
11 The Sugarhill Gang 04:55 Amazon
12 James Brown 05:09 Amazon
13 The Crusaders 02:28 Amazon
14 KC & the Sunshine Band 03:00 Amazon
15 Change 03:07 Amazon
16 Vaughan Mason and Crew 03:21 Amazon
17 Twennynine / Lenny White 03:37 Amazon
18 Lakeside 04:29 Amazon
19 Chic 05:04 Amazon
20 Frankie Beverly / Maze 05:42 Amazon
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