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We Are Family [Time/Life]

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Leave it to Time Life to assemble a compilation that represents a musical era beautifully. It's not that they don't leave things out -- they do -- it's more that as a company, they get the flavor of something and keep it; whether it's on a single disc of soul tunes like this one or a box set, they are consistently excellent. We Are Family is a collection of killer '70s soul. Don't look for rarities; don't look to the vaults. Instead, this set contains 18 burning tracks of uplifting soul, funk, and early disco. The vocals on each cut are magnificent, and some of the hits here include "O-o-h Child" by the Five Stairsteps, "Backfield in Motion" by Mel & Tim, "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "I'll Be Good to You" by the Brothers Johnson (Whatever happened to them? They were soul monsters!), and many others. This baby is solid from top to bottom, and the sound is tough to beat.

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