Various Artists

Uncovered [EMI]

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While it's not uncommon for labels to assemble collections of original recordings later sampled, twisted, and reinvented on hit hip-hop and dance tracks, the two-disc Uncovered is merely a scattershot collection of originals that have been covered in a more traditional fashion over the intervening years. There's nothing terribly special about that idea, and there isn't anything terribly special about this 38-song set, either. It's basically just an excuse to slap together some warhorse cuts from the Universal catalog, and while there's a lot of great music here, there's nothing particularly rare, nor is there any real effort to create a cohesive listening experience. Accordingly, it's tough to imagine who the target audience for Uncovered might be, as the music fan with tastes eclectic enough to appreciate both Andy Williams ("Can't Get Used to Losing You") and the Ohio Players ("Love Rollercoaster") probably already has all of this material in his collection. Other highlights, all of them seemingly drawn from a hat, include Shuggie Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23," Gloria Jones' "Tainted Love," and Minnie Riperton's amazing "Les Fleur."

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
04:54 Amazon
2 05:42 Amazon
3 02:49 Amazon
4 05:26 Amazon
5 02:52 Amazon
6 01:58 Amazon
7 03:13 Amazon
8 06:15 Amazon
9 03:42 Amazon
10 02:52 Amazon
11 02:09 Amazon
12 03:00 Amazon
13 02:28 Amazon
14 02:56 Amazon
15 02:58 Amazon
16 04:11 Amazon
17 02:20 Amazon
04:44 Amazon
19 03:14 Amazon
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