3CDs, 75 songs, and a set list that definitely lives up to the title – a collection that not only brings forth the best of Northern Soul from the glory days of the 60s, but also features lots of tracks from that time that have only been discovered in recent years too! Northern Soul isn't just a static concept on UK dancefloors – and instead has been driven by decades of record collectors and DJs with an ever-shifting ear for a groove – one that's lead to a nicely expansive version of the music that's really continued to thrill us with collections like this.
Although there are several Kaukonen originals collected here, the strongest tracks are blues covers, including versions of Robert Johnson's "Walkin' Blues," Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," and a delightfully goofy and ramshackle take on Rev. Gary Davis' "Candy Man".
Rhino's 2001 retrospective The Very Best of Miki Howard is a generous, near-definitive overview of Howard's biggest R&B hits from the '80s. She didn't have many crossover hits, but she did have numerous entries on the R&B charts, all of which are here, including a duet with Gerald Levert, "That's What Love Is." Although this is a little lengthy for listeners with abbreviated attention spans, it does summarize Howard's peak very well, and is as comprehensive a Howard retrospective as could be hoped for.
After the BossHoss released "Dos Bros" their first number one album two years ago, the Berlin country-rockers 2017 have a comprehensive look at their previous work. The title of "The Very Best Of Greatest Hits" (2005-2017) really says it all: Here the band's biggest hits for Alec Völkel and Sascha Vollmer for their entire career. Cover versions and songs, including "Hey Ya!", "Do not Gimme That," "Do It," "Jolene," and many more.