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WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 9

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Volume nine of the WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits series is another solid collection of slow jams from the '70s and '80s. The lineup is an interesting mix of superstars like Earth, Wind & Fire and Smokey Robinson, big stars like Teena Marie, Shalamar, and Donny Hathaway, as well as some obscure artists like GQ, Blue Magic, and Debra Laws. There aren't a lot of big hits, or even very familiar songs included, but to a fan of smooth soul this disc will be a romantic walk down memory lane. Even if all the songs don't strike a chord, the syrupy sweet sounds will. Like any of the other volumes in the series, the packaging leaves something to be desired, but the music makes for a worthwhile purchase.

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