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The Best of Karen Young: Hot Shot

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Karen Young 21//1995

Review

Best known for her 1978 international dancefloor hit "Hot Shot," Philadelphian Young initially debuted in 1969 with a U.K. hit, "Nobody's Child." The disco craze allowed her to resurface after a long hiatus, and she went on to record a number of disco and rock-oriented singles until the mid-'80s, shortly before her untimely death. This comprehensive collection covers her recordings for West End, Atlantic, Sunshine, Ariola, and Boardwalk. Over 77 minutes long, the content spans surefire disco ("Hot Shot" and the saucy "Baby You Ain't Nothin'"), bluesy ballads (a cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come"), AOR (the somewhat fluffy "One Sure Way"), and pop/rock (the Latin-tinged "Love Me Like a Man"). The most consistent numbers are the dance ones, benefiting from Young's peppy delivery and Walter Kahn's clever production. The more rock-style entries suffer from arrangements lacking in direction in most cases, though "Ain't Gettin' Better" is notable for its meshing of a bright, R&B horn arrangement and rock guitars. However, Young's enthusiastic improv and heartfelt style are the strongest aspects throughout. ~ Justin M. Kantor
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Hot Shot Karen Young 8:32
  3. 2 Bring on the Boys Karen Young 4:9
  4. 3 Baby You Ain't Nothin' Karen Young 4:41
  5. 4 Dynamite Karen Young 4:29
  6. 5 Dee Tour Karen Young 3:46
  7. 6 No U-Turn Karen Young 3:18
  8. 7 Expressway to Your Heart Karen Young 3:43
  9. 8 Don't Say Goodbye Karen Young 2:29
  10. 9 Hot For You Karen Young 3:28
  11. 10 You Don't Know What You Got Karen Young 5:52
  12. 11 A Change Is Gonna Come Karen Young 4:47
  13. 12 Ain't Gettin' Better Karen Young 5:18
  14. 13 Desperately Karen Young 4:5
  15. 14 One Sure Way Karen Young 2:45
  16. 15 Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You Karen Young 3:51
  17. 16 If This Ain't Love Karen Young 3:45
  18. 17 Love Me Like a Man Karen Young 3:37
  19. 18 God Bless America Karen Young 3:3

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