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Twogether Love

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This is perhaps one of the most motley and perplexing assortments of love songs money can buy. Twogether Love, following in the footsteps of EMI U.K.'s other volumes in the Twogether series, rummages through roughly 30 years of pop music, selects 40 love songs at random, and sequences them shuffle-style on two discs. To say the least, this makes for some strange bedfellows. Certainly there aren't many other compilations that boast a mixed bag of Olivia Newton-John ("I Honestly Love You"), the Scorpions ("Still Loving You"), Stevie B. ("Because I Love You"), Shirley Bassey ("The Power of Love"), Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack ("Tonight I Celebrate My Love"), and 10CC ("I'm Not in Love"). As you can probably tell, it seems EMI's catalog department did a search for songs containing the word "love" in the title and went from there, adding titles like "Cambodia" (Kim Wilde), "Bird of Paradise" (Snowy White), "Golden Brown" (the Stranglers) and "Shine" (Charles & Eddie) during a later stage. Since the focus is primarily on the '80s, it's probably directed at people who were born in the late '60s and early '70s. Regardless, this makes the field of love songs recorded during that time look a bit thin.

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