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Pure... '80s Soul Grooves

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8/13/2013

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A four-disc, 65-track box from Sony Music in the U.K., Pure... '80s Soul Grooves is a bit heavier on the earlier half of the decade. Balance aside, there's not much to complain about, and a lot of ground is covered without dipping into random album cuts and other forms of marginalia. Those with lots of '80s R&B depth to their collections won't fill many gaps here. Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much," Tom Browne's "Funkin' for Jamaica," the Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets," and Evelyn King's "Love Come Down" hold up the earlier cuts, while Surface's "Happy," Terence Trent D'Arby's "Sign Your Name," and Gregory Abbott's "Shake You Down" highlight the later picks. Sony did not license anything from any of the other major distributors or independents. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire 3:59
  3. 2 Give It Up KC & the Sunshine Band 4:8
  4. 3 Funkin' for Jamaica Tom Browne 3:17
  5. 4 Bourgie' Bourgie' Gladys Knight & The Pips 4:34
  6. 5 Never Too Much Luther Vandross 3:43
  7. 6 Lovely Day [7" Sunshine Mix] Bill Withers 4:6
  8. 7 Hold Me Tighter in the Rain Billy Griffin 3:36
  9. 8 Risin' to the Top Keni Burke 5:11
  10. 9 Evening of Love The Main Ingredient 7:17
  11. 10 Automatic The Pointer Sisters 6:3
  12. 11 Meet Me Halfway There Glenn Jones 5:33
  13. 12 Who's Zoomin' Who? Aretha Franklin 4:36
  14. 13 Nights (Feel Like Gettin' Down) Billy Ocean 4:39
  15. 14 Heaven Sent You Stanley Clarke 5:53
  16. 15 Tie Me Up Mtume 5:49
  17. 16 New York Eyes Timmy Thomas 4:41
  18. 1 Gangsters of the Groove Heatwave 4:0
  19. 2 Use It Up and Wear It Out [12" Single Edit] Odyssey 4:56
  20. 3 Lovely One The Jacksons 4:49
  21. 4 Love Come Down Evelyn "Champagne" King 3:35
  22. 5 Jump to It [Original Radio Mix] Aretha Franklin 4:13
  23. 6 Do What You Do Jermaine Jackson 4:12
  24. 7 All the Love in the World Dionne Warwick 3:25
  25. 8 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) Billy Ocean 4:2
  26. 9 I Really Didn't Mean It Luther Vandross 4:25
  27. 10 What About My Love? Dámaris Carbaugh 5:1
  28. 11 Don't Tell Me, Tell Her Phyllis Hyman 4:14
  29. 12 Prime Time Mtume 5:47
  30. 13 After the Dance Is Through Krystol 5:11
  31. 14 Finesse Glenn Jones 5:4
  32. 15 Taste of Bitter Love Gladys Knight & The Pips 4:34
  33. 16 Still in Love Rose Royce 5:36
  34. 1 Sexual Healing [Single Version] Marvin Gaye 3:56
  35. 2 Show Me the Way Regina Belle 4:3
  36. 3 Shake You Down Gregory Abbott 4:1
  37. 4 Slow Hand The Pointer Sisters 3:49
  38. 5 Happy Surface 3:49
  39. 6 Oh Yeah! Bill Withers 3:59
  40. 7 Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'Arby 4:34
  41. 8 Girl I'm Gonna Miss You Milli Vanilli 3:43
  42. 9 Can't Stay Away from You Gloria Estefan 3:55
  43. 10 Sugar Free [Deo/Super Dance Mix] Juicy 6:45
  44. 11 Juicy Fruit Mtume 4:29
  45. 12 Say You Love Me Girl Breakwater 4:42
  46. 13 Between the Sheets The Isley Brothers 5:36
  47. 14 I'm Back for More Al Johnson 5:5
  48. 15 Help Yourself to My Love Kashif 4:39
  49. 16 Say Yeah The Limit 4:22
  50. 17 Centipede Rebbie Jackson 4:23
  51. 1 Get on the Dance Floor [12" Mix] Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock 7:30
  52. 2 Theme from S'Express S'Express 5:51
  53. 3 Release the Beast Breakwater 4:51
  54. 4 Walk Right Now The Jacksons 6:25
  55. 5 Buttercup Carl Anderson 5:53
  56. 6 Friends Amii Stewart 6:18
  57. 7 Roses Haywoode 3:43
  58. 8 Let's Hear It for the Boy Deniece Williams 4:14
  59. 9 How 'Bout Us [Single Version] Champaign 3:17
  60. 10 System Addict Five Star 4:0
  61. 11 Encore Cheryl Lynn 3:24
  62. 12 Holdin' Out for Love Angela Bofill 3:19
  63. 13 System of Survival Earth, Wind & Fire 4:58
  64. 14 Joy Marvin Gaye 4:20
  65. 15 Living in America James Brown 4:41
  66. 16 It's Raining Men The Weather Girls 3:29

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