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1. Stevie Wonder - The Definitive
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1. Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (29 October, 2002)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Single Disc Collection of Stevie Wonder's Hits
It needs to be stated at the outset that Stevie Wonder has more than just 21 hits. But this cd brings together the best hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. They are also remastered with the best possible sound. You get "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," "Superstition," "Living for the City," "Higher Ground, the anti Nixon "You Haven't Done Nothing," "I Wish," "Do I Do," "My Cherie Amor," and many more on one disc. Completists will wish the cd had room for "Isn't She Lovely, Frontline, Ribbon in the Sky, and a few others, but no one can quibble with what IS contained on this disc. You can always download the ones that are missing.
5-0 out of 5 stars Soulful
Hits from early in Stevie Wonder career to the middle of his
5-0 out of 5 stars A great mix if you only have 1 or 2 Stevie CD's
Stevie Wonder is a must -- his music defined a segment of my life.His sound is distinctive, clear, and penetrating. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B    3. R&B/Soul    4. Soul/R & B    5. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues   


2. Genius Loves Company
by Concord Records
Audio CD (31 August, 2004)
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Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Jazz Blues    3. Piano Blues    4. Pop    5. Pop-Soul    6. R&B    7. Soul    8. United States of America    9. Urban Blues   


3. Al Green - Greatest Hits
by The Right Stuff
Audio CD (01 August, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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One of the must-own soul albums, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth but not love Mushy
This CD is GREAT...a guy can listen to it to relax or listen to the cd as a couple....I think every couple should have this cd...it's full of smooth love dance songs but not mushy songs like Chicago. I just don't understand how a guy who made such great love songs could have had women problems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unforgetable one
The Right Stuff Al Green's Greatest Hits, adding five of the highlights from greatest hits as bonus tracks.Upon its original release in 1975, Al Green's Greatest Hits pretty much summed up everything about Green, containing his ten biggest hits up to that point.Definitely one of the greatest soul artists, that's Al Green. This greatest hits is the better the best of the man!

5-0 out of 5 stars An unplanned and wonderful trip down memory lane!
I purchased this CD after hearing "I'm So Tired of Being Alone" in the movie The Family Stone. Hearing that song again evoked so many deep memories from my past that I had to have the piece in my collection.
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Subjects:  1. Contemporary Gospel    2. Memphis Soul    3. Pop    4. Pop-Soul    5. R&B    6. Rock    7. Smooth Soul    8. Soul    9. Soul/R & B    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. United States of America   


4. Ray!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (19 October, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Soul and R&B legend Ray Charles may not have lived to see the success of Hollywood's ultimate tribute to him, but director Taylor Hackford's biopic (featuring a landmark performance by Jamie Foxx as the musical legend) will further burnish his legacy as one of the cornerstones of contemporary American music. Though it stretches from 1953's ecstatic, proto-soul "Mess Around" to a sublime, bluesy live take of "Georgia on My Mind" recorded in Japan in the mid-'70s, this 17-track song-score can only be an inviting appetizer to the singer's epochal body of work. Charles's artistry may have virtually defined soul music, yet it also triumphed in genres as far afield as blues ("Nightime Is the Right Time") and country ("I Can't Stop Loving You," "Bye Bye Love") during the '60s, the impossibly rich era from which the bulk of this soundtrack is culled. Crucially, fully a third of the cuts here are live recordings--including electrifying 1965 performances of "What'd I Say," "You Don't Know Me," and "Hallelujah I Love Her So" hand-picked for the film by Charles himself--the forum in which the singer consistently operated on a whole other artistic plateau from mere mortals.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Reprinted review of Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Sound the Sirens Magazine
Ray Charles
3-0 out of 5 stars Bait and switch... maybe
The Ray Soundtrack was a disappointment in that the sound is not even close to the quality of the music on the DVD. Now to be sure, it is the same music.Allow me to explain; in the movie, each song has a dramatic "jump" to it that is absent in the soundtrack.It's like the editors pulled the original records, re-mastered them and laid the tracks down on this CD in the exact order as they appeared in the film.So what you get is Ray, but it is does not have the soul of the same music as in the movie.I'm not sure I can explain it correctly but it's as if the movie and Jamie Foxx stylized the same songs to have that "oomph" that's missing from this re-mastered collection of original tunes.To test my theory, I made a dub of "What'd I Say" from the DVD and played it back-to-back with this CD's version of the same song.The difference is unbelievable.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
I regret that didn't understand or know the complete genius that was Ray Charles when he was alive.I think that he was just one of the artist you take advantage of becuase he was always here.Sure, I knew a few songs.Being from GA, "Georgia on my Mind" is as much a part of me as breathing, but this soundtrack amazed me.This is simply great music.I'm now filling my CD collection with everything that is Ray.If you buy this soundtrack be prepared to be amazed.This is what music is supposed to sound like. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B    3. Soul    4. Soundtrack   


5. Ray Charles: Ultimate Hits Collection
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (16 March, 1999)
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This double CD collects not only Brother Ray's best-known '50s and '60s singles, but some choice semi-obscurities (the 1953 jump blues "Mess Around," his 1959 cover of Louis Jordan's "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'") that earn their places next to "What'd I Say" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." The man's originality and infectious feeling bleed through on each of these 36 tracks, whether he's transforming "One Mint Julep" or "America the Beautiful" or collaborating (separately) with Willie Nelson and Chaka Khan. Read more

Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Country-Soul    3. Jazz Blues    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. R&B    7. Soul    8. United States of America    9. Urban Blues   


6. Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Ray Charles is the Genius of Soul, but he's always had a bit of country boy in him, too. Between playing hillbilly piano when he was a kid and landing several duets on the country charts in the '80s, Charles released this 1962 classic, taking 12 country standards and proving that great songs can remain great, no matter what the setting.Behind blaring brass and thrilling strings, Brother Ray transforms "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Bye Bye Love" into big-band swing; "You Win Again" into the Nashville Sound; and "I Love You So Much It Hurts" into the most elegant of pop."I Can't Stop Loving You" was the big hit, but everything else here is just as timeless and beautiful. Read more

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Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Country-Soul    3. Pop    4. Popular Music    5. R&B    6. Soul    7. United States of America   


7. Songs in the Key of Life
by Motown
Audio CD (02 May, 2000)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stevie's Double Crowning Achievement!
I'm one of those reviewers that rarely rates music that hasn't touched me in one way or another. So when I felt that I wanted to write a review for a Stevie Wonder album, I ended up struggling over which of his great releases I should review. I love ALL of his mid-seventies releases....most notably, "Innervisions", "Fullfillingness...", and, of course, "Songs...". I guess I finally decided to 'tackle' this one based on its historical significance to the art of Music. For one, Stevie was "coming into his own" as far as musical expression and social commentary within his songs. Other than the great Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye, Stevie was at the forefront of writing about the joys, pains, positives and negatives of Human exsistance on Earth...and he did it very well. Songs such as "Village Ghetto Land", "Pastime Paradise", "Saturn" and "Have a Talk with God" among others, were as powerful 'messages' one could experience through a set of speakers. Secondly, He was able to finally gain TOTAL control of his musical vision from Motown and Berry Gordy....even more so than Marvin had done with "Whats Going On"...and this TOTAL control shows most prevelant on "Songs" than any previous release leading up to this one(IMO). There's certainly a little bit of everything on "Songs"---- the joy of life on "Isn't She Lovely";black man's contributions to evolution in "Black Man"; World Love and Peace in "I am Singing"; the joys and pains of childhood in "I Wish"; Spiritual guidance in "Have a talk with God"; Desperation in the World's Ghettos in "Village Ghetto Land" , and even some "Props" to Mr. Ellington in "Sir Duke". One could literally go on like this for every song on this double album....Yes, very moving, significant statements indeed! As for the actual music and musicians, they are "all over the board" here (and Stevie certainly plays his share of the instruments, however, not as exstinsively as past albums). Every musician involved in "Songs" played exactly what each track called for, and, at the same time, still managed to put their 'mark' on these great cuts. The listener will be happy to find mellow, introspective songs...Upbeat, funky rockers...Spanish-tinged music....and even Stevie's brand of Fushion (Contusion)... Overall, A wonderful assortment of musical styles and genres mixed into one of the most important double LPs ever released. As a closing note, I am somewhat of a new-comer to this great artist, and yes, I am white. However, I feel this is one of a handful of artists that crosses/bridges ALL ethnic groups...weather black, white, yellow, or red. Please don't let the color of your skin (or Stevie's) stop you from experiencing some of the most important 'Art' ever produced. Strongly recommended, along with any other releases from this Genius!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Album that deserves all the acollades it's been given
This album has been ranked highly in VH1 polls and Rolling Stone Polls time after time and it really deserves it.....
5-0 out of 5 stars All-Time Great
Stevie Wonder was and continues to be a once every few generations kind of genius!!!
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Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Funk    3. Motown    4. Pop    5. Pop-Soul    6. Pop/Rock    7. R&B    8. R&B/Soul    9. Smooth Soul    10. Soul    11. Soul/R & B    12. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    13. United States of America   


8. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
by Abkco
Audio CD (17 June, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 1906
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Simply The Best Sam Cooke Compilation Ever.
Sam Cooke is truly a legend. He's one of the most important figures in the R & B genre, paving the way for such greats as Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
5-0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke Portrait Of A Legend
I really liked it and I would recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Well Done Compilation
Not only is the sound fantastic but the songs are well chosen and there is great information about each song here.Sam Cooke was not only a great singer but a great songwriter as the notes point out. He wrote most of the songs in here.Why great talents like this are gunned down in their youth while Paris Hilton, Lyndsey Lohan and Madonna saturate our media unendingly is one of the tragedies of modern culture. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Black Gospel    2. Oldies    3. Pop    4. Pop-Soul    5. Popular Music    6. R&B    7. Soul    8. Uptown Soul   


9. The Very Best of the Drifters
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (20 April, 1993)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A by-the-numbers, chronological collection that hits all the commercial highlights of the Drifters' Golden Era (1959-64)--after the frequently dazzling early records with Clyde McPhatter, but featuring the consummate vocal stylings of Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, Johnny Moore, and more on 16 memorable hits. Among the pinnacles: "There Goes My Baby," the record whose unsettling, soaring strings launched the soul era; the romantic perfection of "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," and the contagiously catchy, Latin-bouncing "Sweets for My Sweet;" and the eternally evocative cityscapes of "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk," and the stark, gritty "On Broadway." Sleepers include the heartrending Bacharach ballad "Please Stay," "I Count the Tears" (ripped off later on the Grass Roots hit "Let's Live for Today"), and "When My Little Girl Is Smiling," on which strings foreshadow the folk-rock movement. An ideal starter kit on these seminal uptown soul pioneers; those seeking further revelations (and there are plenty of them) are referred to Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation but not remastered
The sound is excellent but this is not a remastered compilation as some reviewers have claimed.It is an AAD recording made from the original singles masters.
5-0 out of 5 stars The joy of being 'up on the roof '
The Drifters have a number of very good songs, including 'Under the Boardwalk' and 'Broadway'.But they have, and this is the reason I am writing this review one of the greatest of all songs of their time, the incredible 'Upon the Roof'.
3-0 out of 5 stars All mono recordings
I was quite disappointed with this CD and Ben E King's " The Best
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Subjects:  1. Doo Wop    2. Oldies    3. Pop    4. R&B    5. R&B/Soul    6. Rock    7. Soul    8. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    9. United States of America    10. V/a Compilations   


10. The Very Best of Ray Charles
by Rhino / Wea
Audio CD (14 March, 2000)
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Hard as it is to go wrong when shopping for a Brother Ray package, some career-spanning compilations bundle the decades better than others. Count this one, true to its title, among the very best. The track sequencing is straight-up chronological, opening with 1954's groundbreaking blues and gospel mingling "I've Got a Woman." From there it charges through the late-'50s Atlantic era, rounding up classic singles like "Hallelujah (I Love Her So),""(Night Time Is) The Right Time," and "What'd I Say." By the time the disc lands us in the '60s, the Genius has saddled up to explore his country side, turning in such popular-music-altering hits as "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." A final cut jumps into the '80s for the Willie Nelson duet "Seven Spanish Angels," leaving the listener with a solid--and deeply satisfying--sense of Charles' bold artistic wanderings. All that's missing is his soul-dunked rendition of "America the Beautiful." Read more

Subjects:  1. Blues    2. Country-Soul    3. Jazz Blues    4. Piano Blues    5. Pop    6. Pop-Soul    7. R&B    8. Soul    9. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    10. Urban Blues   


11. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (25 March, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A brave effort at cramming one disc full of Temptations classics, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential!
The Temptations were one of Motowns hottest and most versatile acts. They began their career as The Primes, singing on street corners in the ghetto areas for blacks in Detroit with Diana Ross And The Supremes (then known as their sister group, The Primettes). After signing to Motown in 1961, they took a seperate road from The Supremes and before long, were pumping out to what would amount too, an endless river of classics.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Transaction
This was a great transaction.The shipment was processed quickly and arrived within 10 days to Iraq.Thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars Tempting Enough to Buy
With their memorable dance moves, lavish outfits and distinct singing style, The Temptations was Motown at its best. From the classics "My Girl, Get Ready, Just my Imagination" and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" to some of the lesser knownsongs, this is a terrific collection. There are arguments of a song or two that should have been left off or added but the meat of the group's work is here. Their music has never left us. Weather you first heard the original recordings, discovered them in 1985 at Live Aid with Daryl Hall and John Oates joining Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin onstage or have heard their songs in the countless soundtracks of movies that their music has been featured in, everyone since the group's inception has heard The Temptations. The sad thing is that most of the original members are now gone but we still have our memories and imaginations..and these recordings to remember them by. One more time. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Motown    2. Oldies    3. Pop    4. Pop-Soul    5. Psychedelic Soul    6. R&B    7. Rock    8. Smooth Soul    9. Soul    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. United States of America   


12. Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits the Way You Originally Heard Them
by Capitol
Audio CD (12 March, 2002)
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Subjects:  1. New Orleans R&B    2. Oldies    3. Piano Blues    4. Pop    5. R&B    6. Rock    7. Rock & Roll    8. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    9. United States of America   


13. The #1's
by Utv Records
Audio CD (03 February, 2004)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In the path of enormously popular collections of number one singles by Elvis and the Beatles comes this crammed (seconds shy of the 80-minute mark) disc from another pop-culture icon, Diana Ross & the Supremes. 14 Diana Ross/Supremes tracks appear in some of their most vivid sound ever, while the post-Ross Supremes get their due with "Stoned Love." Ross’ Hollywood years make for the weakest music here ("Touch Me in the Morning," "Endless Love"), but disco smashes "Upside Down," "I’m Coming Out," and "The Boss" prove as smart, canny, and enduring as Supremes 45s like "You Keep Me Hangin’ On" and "Reflections." The contemporary, yet already dated, remix of "Hangin’ On" at album’s end suggests, in fact, that Ross might make one more dance-floor comeback if paired with the right behind-the-scenes team. Basement Jaxx, anyone? Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All The No.1 Hits!
Diana Ross and the Supremes broke down many racial barriers during their eventful reign in the 1960's. Rivalled by only Elvis Presley and The Beatles, their remarkable acheivements included 12 ground-breaking chart-toppers. Motown boss, Berry Gordy, intended to use his roster of artists to appeal too not only blacks but to
5-0 out of 5 stars Have Some Reviewers Exaggerated A Bit?
First, let me state the obvious. These are magnificent, timeless songs and performances.
5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD and Fast shipping!
I am very pleased with the order, service, process, and date received. The CD is everything I thought it would be! A++++ ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Disco    2. Girl Group    3. Motown    4. Oldies    5. Pop    6. Pop-Soul    7. Quiet Storm    8. R&B    9. Soul    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. Uptown Soul    12. Urban   


14. What's Going on
by Motown
Audio CD (14 January, 2003)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Sly & The Family Stone might have psychedelicized soul music, but Marvin Gaye personalized it. Although the powers-that-were Motown didn't even want to release the record, the unexpected success of Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What's Going On
This is considered the first concept album ever released by Motown, but it did not come out of the blue. Other producers had tried before Gaye: Holland-Dozier-Holland attempted to create a sort of "love concerto" in The Supremes's "I Hear a Symphony"; Norman Whitfield began to experiment with the idea in The Temptations' "Cloud Nine", and Frank Wilson almost made it a year before Gaye with the Four Tops' "Still Waters Run Deep", and he even tried to reproduce the soundtrack of a musical with "Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations", with "overture" (a terrific version of Gaye's hit "Try It, Baby"), and grand finale included. Marvin Gaye not only came with the stronger album from a thematic point of view (war, drugs, poverty, unemployment, racism, religious faith, ecology, politics), but also because of its urban-drama feel, --later found in Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions"--, and its lyrical proto-funk musical treatment. For the first time the session musicians known as The Funk Brothers, and the resident backing vocalists The Andantes were given credit on a Motown album, and Gaye had full control of his production. A great album that conveys one of the most intense moments of the United States cultural life.
5-0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Album
Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church. The spiritual influence of his early years played a formative role in his musical career.
5-0 out of 5 stars Believe the Hype
I'm not too familiar with R&B studio albums (other than a couple Stevie Wonder records), but this is the best I've heard so far. The title track was the biggest hit, and justly so - it's one of the man's best songs, everything just falls into place on this one. Marvin's vocals and especially his yearning, pro-peace lyrics especially stand out. I also love Save the Children, him pretty much saying that, although the world is screwed, we should live life for the children. Mercy Mercy Me is a haunting ode to the environment, the first time I heard the choir part at the end it was chilling. Next up is the seven-and-a-half minute Latin-funk Right On, a longer song that's downright captivating, and the most un-Narvin Gaye-sounding song on this album. But he pulls it off, in fact it's one of the best. The album closes out with my favorite Marvin track, Inner City Blues, a haunting pseudo-rap which deals with the bad parts of urban life. There are a couple of other great songs (What's Happening Brother, Flyin' High) on here too, but these are the ones that stand out to me especially. Plus the album has a wonderful flow to it. There's not a bad song here, either!
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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B    3. Soul/R & B    4. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues   


15. Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits
Audio CD (24 February, 1998)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sam Cooke - Greatest Hits
Excellent CD, this man had a voice from heaven and his songs were perfect.A CD you could listen to all day and never tire of .Great buy for Sam Cooke's fans.B.Hamilton,

2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Portrait of A Legend is much much better, wished that I hadn't bothered to buy this one as well as "Portrait"

3-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS!!!
This compilation is completely worthless. The SACD "Portrait of a Legend" has long since eclipsed this unforgivable compilation of The Great Sam Cooke. It is completely unessential. There is no musical representation from Sam's glorious gospel days nor his ambitious and wonderfully risk taking final days. I can't believe this is even in print. People may say "Oh its just for casual Sam Cooke fans or for those who would like to start getting into his music." I don't even think there is a such thing as a "casual" Sam Cooke fan! The best inroduction to Sam is "Portrait of a Legend" and from there get "Keep Movin' On" "Live at Harlem Square" "At The Copa" "Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers" and the flawless "Night Beat." From there seek out the three box sets and then songs and albums that can only be found on vinyl. This would have received zero stars but Sam's voice is so transcendent it makes up for every flaw I described. :o) ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Oldies    2. Pop    3. Pop-Soul    4. Popular Music    5. R&B    6. Soul    7. United States of America    8. Uptown Soul   


16. Innervisions
by Motown
Audio CD (21 March, 2000)
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Asin: B00004S363
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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One of Stevie Wonder's best albums, and the one where his more fanciful, free-form moments gel perfectly with his knack for irresistible pop singles, 1973's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Still fresh and inspirational
This CD sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Joyous music and deep lyrics, with several iconic tunes. My favorite is the Latin-influenced "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing", so upbeat & positive you'll want to play it again to join in with the chorus! Shame it's on TV ads now. With this CD, his "Songs in the Key of Life" & "Secret Life of plants", you have the very best of Stevie. Please avoid the collections!

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Stevie-His best overall album
Let's put it this way: When you are loading up your ipod/mp3 player with songs from albums and have to choose individual songs, this is one instance where you MUST load up the entire album!All the songs are essential, and the continuity is also important.After 33 years, when I first listened to it, the album still holds up and remains fresh.It's impossible to break up the set.You need to have the whole thing on your player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Recording
"Innervisions" is an essential album in any soul fan's collection. Heck, it's even an essential for any rock fan's collection. You know what, I'll settle on this: It's essential for any collection.
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Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Funk    3. Motown    4. Pop    5. Pop-Soul    6. Pop/Rock    7. R&B    8. Smooth Soul    9. Soul    10. Soul/R & B    11. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    12. United States of America   


17. Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
by Motown
Audio CD (23 May, 2000)
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Asin: B00004T9UK
Sales Rank: 1491
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Despite the Slightly Misleading Title, This CD Works Well in My Collection
Let me explain. Before buying "Every Great Motown Hit," I already owned "Best of, Millennium Collection, Volume 1 the 60s," which included all of Marvin's excellent solo sixties songs. For what it is, it does a good job (I reviewed it five stars earlier), but solo sixties means no duets with Tammi Terrell and no seventies songs are included. So I was looking for a good way to add those songs to my collection when a used copy of "Every Great Motown Hit" caught my eye. Turns out it works very well in my CD collection, with only four overlap songs (I bought the original version of this CD, without bonus tracks "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll be Doggone") between my other Marvin Gaye collection.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great hits of Marvin Gaye
This is a great cd with all of the hits of Marivin Gaye.

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvin Gaye-exceptional brilliant
Marvin Gaye was one of the greatist if not the greatist singers of all time and this cd proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt! I have the Marvin Anthoogy 2 disc set but it doesnt sound as good as this digitally remastered one.Marvin's exceptional voice sound louder and clearer than ever before!!what a waste of talent that this man had to go(4-1-84) so young you must get this disc!!!highly recommended!!!!!!! ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Motown    2. Pop    3. Pop-Soul    4. Psychedelic Soul    5. Quiet Storm    6. R&B    7. Smooth Soul    8. Soul    9. Soul/R & B    10. Soul/Reggae/Rhythm & Blues    11. Urban   


18. James Brown - 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
by Polydor / Pgd
Audio CD (22 October, 1991)
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Asin: B000001DUP
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A towering figure in postwar American music, for over 40 years James Brown has written, produced, and performed some of the most compelling R&B ever recorded. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jump Back 'n Kiss Myself
Oh, man...James Brown...oh, he is super bad...but bad in a good way, not bad in a bad way and if you really needed me to explain to you what I meant, maybe you shouldn't even be considering this album. That's it...slowly put down the James Brown and go back to your Barry Mannilow and your Christopher Cross...
5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest performer ever
You cannot stay in a bad mood with his music.A great mood lifter and most of the songs are great for a workout at the gym.

5-0 out of 5 stars The World's Introduction to FUNK!
Yes...Mr. Brown and the boys virtually invented the genre. Although other acts were 'dabbling' with similar ideas during the late 60s/ early 70s such as The Funky Meters, Parliment/Funkadelic and to a degree Motown's Funk Brothers, none can lay claim to 'catapulting' the genre onto the listening public like James did. For the readers information, I am a white male who "cut my musical teeth" on R-n-R, Metal and Hard Rock, so it wasn't till my mid-to-late 20s that I started to appreciate and explore Funk, Soul, R+B and black music in general. So when I began laying down my money on this "new found" music, I knew, from hearing James' more popular songs on the radio, that I had to pick-up at least one of his albums....And I'm thrilled it was this greatest hits package---- if you want a perfect 'dose' of this man's brand of Funk, then look no further. This release covers James' and the JBs most "fruitful" era. A little bit of all the music that made James an American musical Icon are represented here---- early Soul hits such as "Try Me", "Please,Please,Please" and "Its a Man's,Man's World" are here...along with the Funk hits he has become most indentifiable with, "Get Up...", Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "...I Feel Good" and "Make it Funky". However for me, its the tracks I hadn't heard that really caught my attention. Tunes like "Super Bad", "Papa Don't Take No Mess", "I Got The Feelin", "Give it Up or Turn it a Loose"and many others, are truly the tracks that turned me into a "Funkster". And though I have explored many other Funk artists and bands, when I want a "piece" of the REAL DEAL, this is the one I always come back to. This man (and band) played such a 'pivotal' role in the Heritage of American Music Culture that I can't imagine his music not being part of my collection or any music aficionado's collection....if you don't own any of JB's music, this is THE perfect place to start....Enjoy!
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19. The Ultimate Collection
by Motown
Audio CD (10 February, 1998)
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Asin: B000001AOH
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' 25-cut disc is the single mostimpressive one of Motown's Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Love Smokey more than his tenure with the Miracles
The first time we listened to this alblum we were a bit dissapointed.I guess we are Smokey fans.We love his voice.
2-0 out of 5 stars "Bill" is The Man I Knew-Smokey Robinson, R&B at it's Best
The old timers like me back in the inner cities where Smokey and the Miracles orginally put their stake down in Motown and R&B royalty, used to call him Bill Smokey Robinson. Whenever I meet someone who recalls the days back in the early to mid sixties when the black transistor made in Japan radios were blaring down the New York City school hallways playing The Tracks of my Tears, Shop Around, OOO Baby Baby (which brings back memories of my first interacial slow dance in the Junior High School gym) and the Tears of a Clown, all selections being on The Ultimate Collection~Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, I know that my buddy remembers Smokey's spindly aura on the stage and his silky smoooth and relaxed delivery. I apologize to my readers for run on sentences but Smokey requires such detailed explanation as a legendary contributor to soul, R&B and the Motown wall of sound (they had one too) that my effusive and continuing acclamation of this cherished and enormously loved performer is understated. I heard that Smokey recently brought his performance to Flint, Michigan or maybe some other backyard town in auto country. I really wish that I could have been there to see Smokey put out before a hometown crowd. That must have been nothing short of a miracle. I am going to hit the click button now myself, I need to hear again the sounds that captivated all of us when we walked down the hallways in Junior High with the made in Japans, fingerpopping all the way.
5-0 out of 5 stars The MIRACLES...MOTOWN'S GREATEST GROUP,PERIOD !
I dont care what others say about The Supremes,Temptations, or other Motown groups,the MIRACLES were the greatest group to ever come out of Motown.PERIOD! Why ? for one thing,they were the FIRST MOTOWN GROUP.It was their success that paved the way for all the others. Had they not been successful, there would have been no MOTOWN,and none of those other groups would have been found fame ,or at least not to the extent which they did.THE MIRACLES put MOTOWN on the map.They also had MOTOWN'S first million selling record,"SHOP AROUND".During the comapny's critical early years,1959-1964, They were BY FAR MOTOWN'S TOP GROUP,(despite what certain rewiewers have written,}with TOP 10 pop hits in 1961,'62',AND '63,the STAR ATTRACTION of the legendary MOTORTOWN REVUES,and the ONLY group that was bringing any serious money into the company.Yet,while most of the others were inducted ,AS GROUPS, into THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME,The MIRACLES have been ignored. They chose to induct only Smokey. What a shame and insult to Motown's legendary First Group. The TEMPTATIONS ? great singers and dancers to be sure,but what most Temptations fans won't tell you is that 9 of their first 12 hits were actually written by The MIRACLES !! not just Smokey,THE WHOLE GROUP !! Don't believe it ? just look at the writing credits on the Tempts GREATEST HITS album ! ( How many MIRACLES songs did the TEMPTATIONS WRITE ? think about it}. THE SUPREMES ? They wouldn't have even GOTTEN on Motown if not for Smokey !! Stevie Wonder? He was discovered by Miracles member RONNIE WHITE !! THE MARVELETTES,MARVIN GAYE & MARY WELLS ?Yep, they wrote their stuff too.The MIRACLES were responsible,either directly or indirectly, for the success of just about EVERY EARLY ARTIST ON THE MOTOWN LABEL!! In fact ,of the five leading Motown groups ( Supremes, Temptations,4 tops,Miracles,J-5 }The MIRACLES were the ONLY ones that wrote their own material. Hopefully one day ,the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME will induct them ALL-SMOKEY, BOBBY,RONNIE, PETE, MARV & CLAUDETTE ,not just SMOKEY , as they did.Want to know why they deserve it? Just listen to this CD.Then, read the writing credits.It will prove that SMOKEY wasn't the ONLY serious talent in this group.
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20. Essential Collection
by Hip-O Records
Audio CD (28 September, 1999)
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Asin: B00001QGS4
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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While Gladys Knight and the Pips spent large portions of the '60s, '70s, and '80s on the charts, this smart CD is the first attempt to compile high points of their tenures at various labels (Motown subsidiary Buddah, Columbia, MCA). While Knight proved equally at home with smokin' church-bred R&B (the original "I Heard It Through the Grapevine") and uptown pop (an unfortunate medley of "Try to Remember" and "The Way We Were"), she was most effective on plainspoken tales of everyday people. That's the reason "Grapevine," "Midnight Train to Georgia," "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me," and "Save the Overtime for Me," recorded over a 15-year span, sound so much of a piece. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Great
Why has't GK been canonized to the extent some of the other famous R&B divas have? Her amazing, warm & soulful vocal prowess takes a back seat to nobody. This collection, the first I believe, to span all of her career, features an incredible parade of genius, state of the art vocalizing. From indispensable, classic chestnuts like "Heard it throught the Grapevine" and "Friendship Train" to the megaclassic "Midnight Train to Georgia" (I know we've all heard that one to the point where it's almost impossible to appreciate it anew, but listen, really listen, sometime to the eloquent and moving vocal, the impeccably arranged background vox, and the impossibly sweet and touching lyrics. It's a stunning experience), the aural pleasure this record induces never flags. She even tackles a few sappy, maudlin, middle of the road-y ballads, like "Hero" and actually acquits herself admirably. If she can rise above dorky material of that ilk, then she must indeed be some kind of dang genius.
5-0 out of 5 stars Gladys and the Pips
I've been listening to Ms. Knight and the Pips for many years, since the early 70's and she and they continue to amaze me with their beautiful voices.This CD is no exception.They are truly wonderful people who have Blessed us with their music and lyrics that positively impact the lives of all who will give them an ear.Glad I bought this CD.I think you will be glad too.

5-0 out of 5 stars All my favorites...
As a younger person who did not really grow-up in The Gladys Knight and the Pips era, I am so very glad I found this cd.It has all the songs I know on it.
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