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1.0 out of 5 stars "Ultimate" Soul "Classics", 14 Sep 2011
This review is from: Ultimate Soul Classics (Audio CD)
This album is a joke, and the people reviewing this before I just cant understand their thinking. Dont get me wrong, Soul is an awesome genre, but the majority of content on this album is dire. There is nothing Ultimate or Classic about the songs on here.

Most of the music sounds like it came from the 80's, which everyone knows was not a great time for soul which had its hey day in the 60's and 70's.

As mentioned, it has that tacky 80's feel where a lot of the artist's singing are primarily there to sell records to the mass market, which yes I know, that is what being a succesful selling music artist is all about, but it is the same ethos that annoys me about popular music in general. A succesful original artist makes pop music and creates a name for themselves, eg in the soul catergory.. (Jackson 5, Al Green, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, the list is long...) however this album sounds like it is full of music and artists that have passable talent and have jumped on the band wagon conforming to what is popular, not trendsetting. As is evident through the songs on this album, the artists here are facilitating the stagnation of this genre instead of driving it forward.

Do not buy this if you have any respect for Soul, search elsewhere.
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Initial post: 29 Feb 2012 15:19:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2012 15:40:05 GMT
If only someone like you was around at the time these songs were recorded.
You could have informed the artists,
" You are facilitating the stagnation of this genre and if your not careful, in thirty years time your songs could end up on a three cd set soul compilation costing no more then 4.45!"

Posted on 5 Aug 2012 04:40:05 BDT
P. J. Rae says:
Hmmm! I don't know what you were thinking when you wrote this review but it's a bit of a puzzler to me and, I think, unfair. Sure, the name "Ultimate Soul" is pretty dumb and the album certainly doesn't merit that title but there are still a few soul gems for folks who may have missed them or are just dipping their toes into soul for the first time. And you need to check yr calendar truth, the majority of these tracks are from the 70s plus a few 60s eg the tracks from Deniece Williams, Heatwave, Harold Melvin, Billy Paul, Ann Peebles, Purify Brothers, Friends of Distinction, Lee Dorsey, Erma Franklin, BT Express, MFSB, Billy Ocean, Tymes, Intruders, Delfonics, First Choice, Freda Payne, Johnny Johnson, Laura Lee, Main Ingredient, Sly & Family Stone, Honey Cone, Chocolate Milk, Glass House, O'Jays, Bobby Womack, Marlena Shaw, Drifters, Odyssey, Linda Lewis, Three Degrees, Robert Knight, Bill Withers, Al Green, General Johnson, Pointer Sisters. I count 36 tracks out of 60 total that are 70s/60s tracks...the best years of soul music according to you. Then there some early 80s tunes like Luther Vandross, Keni Burke, Gene Chandler, AWB, Mike&Brenda Sutton but you can't just write these off. I personally wouldn't have picked many of these tracks to put in an 'Ultimate Soul" collection but, hey, it's all a matter of taste and I would rather listen to many of these than I would to other types of music. Also, top marks for the inclusion of Ann Peebles "I'm Gonna Tear You're Playhouse Down", a sadly underplayed classic that is so, so, so much better than "I Can't Stand The Rain". Soul music continues to evolve and it always will but letting some people listen to some of it's history isn't so bad. For the peanuts price of 4.99, this is a great little CD set for a collection that contains some great tunes for folks who missed them first time around as well as those who are just trying to find their way in soul music.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013 02:55:32 GMT
A. Foss says:
I'd started to write some really constructive stuff about a lot of the excellent music on here - & the price - but i've scrapped it cos i just cant stop thinking 'what a jediplonker'...
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