Soul Hits of the 70's [Sony]

Soul Hits of the 70's [Sony]


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Here's proof that it's possible to do a budget compilation (almost) exactly right. Sony Music Special Products' Soul Hits of the 70's surveys a decade in which what was then known as CBS Records practically had the market cornered on great soul music. In addition to boasting stars like Earth, Wind & Fire on its flagship Columbia Records label and Sly & the Family Stone on its Epic subsidiary, CBS maintained a manufacturing and distribution deal with Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records, bringing in a raft of hits from its roster. And a sampling of some of the biggest of those hits is here, ten gold or platinum records out of 12 selections, eight of them R&B chart-toppers and three of the others Top Five hits. (And note that "Fight the Power," "T.S.O.P.," and "Bad Luck" are all presented in longer edits than were issued on the original singles.) The only ringer on the album is Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reasons," an LP track from the band's That's the Way of the World soundtrack album that was never issued as a single. It's a good song, but why is it here? If the compilers had just used, say, "Shining Star" instead, this would be a great collection for the money. As it is, it's just very good.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2001
Label: Sony Special Product
UPC: 0079893107721
catalogNumber: 31077
Rank: 44333

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earth, Wind & Fire   Track Performer
Isley Brothers   Track Performer
Cheryl Lynn   Track Performer
Manhattans   Track Performer
Billy Paul   Track Performer
Sly & The Family Stone   Track Performer
Three Degrees   Track Performer
Bill Withers   Track Performer
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Composer
Ernie Isley   Composer
Cheryl Lynn   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Bill Withers   Composer
David Foster   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
David Paich   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
John Whitehead   Composer
Winfred "Blue" Lovett   Composer

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