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If the only great song on Tyrone Davis' second album, Turn Back the Hands of Time, was its impeccable title track, it still would have been a noteworthy record in the history of uptown Chicago soul and early-'70s soul -- it's simply that good of a song. Fortunately, it's the tip of the iceberg on...

The Miracles' first album is a magnificent debut, filled with impeccable vocal performances, inventive and occasionally brilliant songwriting, and an aching romantic aura.

"Shop Around" was the big hit on the record, but another highlight is the group's recut version (also available on the...

Philip Bailey's self-titled, seventh solo album features some admirable talent, including production by Chuckii Booker, Brian McKnight, and PM Dawn. The album includes a dozen well-produced, light-funk tunes; however, there are no standout tracks as memorable as his earlier hit with Phil Collins,...

A fine songwriter and tasteful guitarist who possesses a strong, gritty voice, Bobby Womack has been turning out his brand of urban gospel-soul for more than 40 years, beginning with the single "Lookin' for a Love" in 1962. This stripped-down set has most of his truly essential sides, from "Looki...

Wendy Moten's self-titled debut album only produced a couple of minor R&B chart singles ("Step by Step" and "Come in out of the Rain"), but measured in artistic terms, the record displays a confident vocalist with a theatrical flair (and, indeed, Moten did land a starring role in the off-Broadway...

At Their Best mixes and matches new recordings of Spinners classics like "I'll Be Around" with material of more recent vintage -- none of it truly recaptures the fire of the group's heyday, although their harmonies remain impeccable.

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Smooth jazz superstar Jonathan Butler gets his album, Surrender, off to a surprisingly rootsy start with "This Is Love," featuring live drums and Butler's trademark vocals. Butler has always expressed a deep soul influence and the whole album has a Stevie Wonder-lite sound about it. Despite the f...

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