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Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes

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Released to celebrate Atlantic's 50th anniversary, Ultimate '60s Soul Smashes is a budget-priced, 14-track collection that culls highlights from the Atlantic vaults. The collection features cuts by Sam & Dave ("Soul Man"), Aretha Franklin ("Respect"), Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), the Drifters ("On Broadway"), Barbara Lewis ("Baby, I'm Yours"), Joe Tex ("Hold What You've Got"), the Capitols ("Cool Jerk"), Eddie Floyd ("Knock on Wood"), Wilson Pickett ("Land of 1000 Dances"), King Curtis ("Memphis Soul Stew"), Carla Thomas ("B-A-B-Y") and Otis Redding ("Try a Little Tenderness"). It's a solid sampler that indicates the richness of the label's roster, and for the curious or listeners on a budget, it's an introduction well worth its price.

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