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Playlist: A Musical Journey Through Black History [Remastered]

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13/1/2012

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Playlist: A Musical Journey Through Black Music is a celebration of black culture and black history awareness in the form of a star-studded compilation of African-American musicians, almost all of whom are legends in their fields. It's hard to argue with most of the picks for this collection: jazz classics from Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong; decade-spanning soul favorites from Whitney Houston, Aaron Neville, and Marvin Gaye; as well as empowering hip-hop picks like Nas' cautionary "I Can" and Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Like That." There's even a nod to metal with the inclusion of Living Colour's "Cult of Personality," which definitely makes the playlist more complete, if not more enjoyable. While the sequencing of tracks is a little disjointed, the overall cohesion of sentiment and purpose is strong, and Playlist does exactly what it sets out to do: celebrate just a few of the highlights of the incredibly rich history of black music. Besides, any mix that starts with Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People" promises to be worth the price of admission from there on out. ~ Fred Thomas
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone 2:22
  3. 2 It's Like That Run DMC 4:46
  4. 3 (What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue Louis Armstrong 4:37
  5. 4 I Can Nas 4:14
  6. 5 Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston 4:54
  7. 6 Abraham, Martin & John Harry Belafonte 4:21
  8. 7 God Bless the Child Billie Holiday 2:54
  9. 8 Mississippi Goddam Nina Simone 6:53
  10. 9 So What John Coltrane 9:10
  11. 10 My Love Is Waiting Marvin Gaye 5:7
  12. 11 Stormy Weather Lena Horne 3:22
  13. 12 A Change Is Gonna Come Aaron Neville 4:10
  14. 13 Keep Your Head to the Sky Earth, Wind & Fire 5:9
  15. 14 Cult of Personality Living Colour 4:53

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