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VA - Superstars of Seventies Soul [4CD Box Set] (2004)

5-10-2014, 16:05
Soul | Funk | R&B | Disco | FLAC / APE

VA - Superstars of Seventies Soul [4CD Box Set] (2004)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Superstars of Seventies Soul
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Shout! Factory / D4K-34002
Genre: Disco, Funk, Soul, R&B
Total Time: 4:31:38
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 664 mb / 1.92 gb

Review by Hal Horowitz
Of all people, ex-Rhino Records founder Richard Foos ought to know how many collections of '70s soul already glut the marketplace as of this box set's arrival in 2004. He himself put out the definitive 20-volume library of Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, not to mention the six-disc distillation The 70's Soul Experience, and cloned them multiple times for his old label. That's not to discount the merits of this three-disc box for his follow-up imprint, but it does question how necessary it is to recycle the same songs yet another time. The cover art is unimaginative and almost shoddy, the liner notes and book layout bland, the presentation follows no discernible order, and there are even a few '80s-era tunes sprinkled throughout, but there is little else to quibble about concerning this audio time capsule. Stuffed with 20 cross-licensed tracks, each disc pushes the 80-minute limit, and the songs -- although generally obvious -- are well chosen. It's a terrific overview of the decade's R&B, with upbeat pop, ballads, funk, and even disco sharing space. The selections emphasize radio hits, so none of George Clinton's many projects get the nod. The omission of Sly & the Family Stone, though, is a significant misstep/oversight. But there is so much wonderful music here that grousing about particular selections (the Ohio Players' "Funky Worm" over "Love Rollercoaster"?) isn't worth getting upset about. Just push "play" and let the tunes bring back memories of the days before hip-hop, sampling, and the reliance on drum machines homogenized and nearly destroyed pure soul music.


CD 1
01. Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
02. Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up, Part 1 (live)
03. Rose Royce - Car Wash
04. The Brothers Johnson - I'll Be Good to You
05. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
06. The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)
07. The Spinners - Mighty Love, Part 1
08. Donna Summer - Bad Girls
09. L.T.D. - (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again
10. Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing
11. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)
12. Rufus - Tell Me Something Good
13. The Miracles - Love Machine, Part 1
14. The S.O.S. Band - Take Your Time (Do It Right), Part 1
15. Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You
16. Dazz Band - Let It Whip
17. James Brown - Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine, Part 1
18. Rick James - Give It to Me Baby
19. A Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
20. The Jackson 5 - The Love You Save

CD 2
21. The Emotions - Best of My Love
22. Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star
23. Curtis Mayfield - Freddie's Dead
24. Smokey Robinson - Cruisin'
25. The Pointer Sisters - Fire
26. LaBelle - Lady Marmalade
27. The Isley Brothers - That Lady, Part 1
28. Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine
29. Esther Phillips - What a Difference a Day Makes
30. Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft
31. Larry Graham - One in a Million You
32. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
33. The Manhattans - Kiss and Say Goodbye
34. The O'Jays - For the Love of Money
35. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost, Part 1
36. Teddy Pendergrass - Close the Door
37. Deniece Williams - T's Gonna Take a Miracle
38. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
39. Peaches & Herb - Shake Your Groove Thing
40. Chic - Good Times

CD 3
41. Al Green - I'm Still in Love With You
42. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her
43. The O'Jays - Love Train
44. The Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
45. Johnnie Taylor - Disco Lady
46. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia
47. Natalie Cole - This Will Be
48. The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
49. The Spinners - Games People Play
50. Commodores - Brick House
51. Sister Sledge - We Are Family
52. Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging
53. Chaka Khan - I'm Every Woman
54. Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland
55. The Isley Brothers - Between the Sheets
56. LaBelle - What Can I Do for You
57. Ohio Players - Funky Worm
58. Eddie Kendricks - Keep on Truckin', Part 1
59. The Moments - Love on a Two Way Street
60. Eric Burdon & War - Spill the Wine

CD 4
61. MFSB feat. The Three Degrees - TSOP (The Sound of Philidelphia)
62. The O'Jays - Use Ta Be My Girl
63. Tavares - More Than a Woman
64. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Don't Leave Me This Way
65. The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New
66. Teddy Pendergrass - I Don't Love You Anymore
67. Sons of Robin Stone - Got to Get You Back
68. Archie Bell & The Drells - The Soul City Walk
69. The Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama
70. MFSB feat. The Three Degrees - Love Is the Message

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