R&B

There are so many good Impressions compilations that this 14-tracker will probably fall through the cracks. However, the reverent title will ensure some sales, as will the inclusion of a trio of songs not normally found on these sets -- "Something Said Love," "Whatever It Is," and "I Can't Make I...

A nearly 80-minute live album from 1977, Live at the London Palladium effectively compresses most of Marvin Gaye's numerous career highlights, making it a wonderful retrospective of the justly mythologized soul singer's accomplishments. Almost everything is here that could be: his '60s hits, his ...

Love From Diana Ross is a collection of her famous and not-so-famous love songs through the years. Boasting one of the most gentle, soothing voices in the music industry, Ross puts her all into every performance here. It's too bad the sequencing is all wrong, setting up the listener to move from ...

This Sony budget release alternates songs by the Isley Brothers with songs by the O'Jays, and the result is an extremely short CD that seems largely arbitrary. Better to get single- disc overviews of each group separately, stick them both in your player, and hit random play. You'll dance a whole ...

Renegades of Funk, released in 2005, is 2000's Soul of Rasta -- also released by the Newhouse label -- in expanded form. The earlier set was a perfectly adequate anthology of Cymande's three '70s albums, but this one adds a pair of "unreleased bonus tracks" (the poor "Trevorgus" and the decent "B...

A protracted absence from the studio (a one-year release gap in the '80s was equal to a five-year gap in the early 2000s) caused by a notorious legal dispute with Motown did little to stall Teena Marie's momentum. Robbery, Marie's fifth album and first for Epic, didn't perform nearly as well on t...

Syl Johnson has enjoyed a long recording career, first on King Records then for Peter Wright's Chi-town setups and stints with Hi, Delmark, and other labels. The Wright sessions, featured here, represent Johnson's finest and best-known tracks, many of which became substantial R&B hits. The Hi tra...

Having celebrated its 25th anniversary on 25th Anniversary, the Rebirth Brass Band addresses the rebirth of New Orleans more than five years after Hurricane Katrina on Rebirth of New Orleans. The group had moved stylistically from its traditional N.O. marching band roots to something of a rap and...

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