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Soulful Divas, Vol. 1: Pop N Soul Sirens
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Soulful Divas, Vol. 1: Pop N Soul Sirens
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
 
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A collection of woman-sung hits that crossed over between the pop and R&B charts in the '60s and '70s (and some not-exactly-hits that might have), Pop 'n' Soul Sirens is baited with one universally recognized standard ("I ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Soulful Divas, Vol. 1: Pop N Soul Sirens
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hip-O Records
Original Release Date: 5/19/1998
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, By Decade, 1960s, Motown, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 076744009425

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A collection of woman-sung hits that crossed over between the pop and R&B charts in the '60s and '70s (and some not-exactly-hits that might have), Pop 'n' Soul Sirens is baited with one universally recognized standard ("I Say a Little Prayer") but mostly concentrates on rarely heard delights. What a song needed to make it on both charts was music staid enough to keep pop audiences undisturbed coupled with singing distinctive and intense enough to engage soul fans, and though a lot of these rhythms are plenty square, singers like Freda Payne and Maxine Brown negotiate them with sly inventiveness. The minor tracks illuminate major ones, too: Florence Ballard's "It Doesn't Matter How I Say It" is cute rather than significant, but it helps to explain how the Supremes worked. --Douglas Wolk

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A soulful compilation with some wonderful surprises!
08/10/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Mixing well-known smashes (Warwick, Yuro), lesser known original versions (Bell, Drew) and rarities (Brown, Payne) makes for a lot of "sweet soul mus ic." Martha Reeves never sounded better on "My Man" and "Who Gets Your Love" proves once again that Dusty Springfield is one of pop music's best."