March 12, 1996
Sony Music Distribution
Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Philly Soul, Early R&B, Soul, Urban, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pop-Soul, Disco, Blaxploitation, Deep Soul, Club/Dance, Psychedelic Soul, Quiet Storm, Soundtracks, Funk, Smooth Soul

Album Review

This two-disc compilation brings together 30 Sony Music R&B artists performing songs about sex. Though the selections come from as early as Aretha Franklin's 1962 "Just for a Thrill" and as late as Babyface's 1989 "Whip Appeal," most date from the 1970s, when such artists as the Manhattans, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (featuring Teddy Pendergrass), Johnnie Taylor, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the O' Jays were giving the Columbia and Epic labels a strong presence on the R&B charts. The singers' ideas of seduction may not always be yours. For example, the Intruders declare, "I'm not even married" in "I Wanna Know Your Name," and Billy Paul's "Let's Make a Baby" is not a sentiment shared by all lovers. But the groove is usually suggestively slow, and the singing is alternately languid and frantic. Clearly, somebody at Legacy noticed the sales that the Right Stuff, Capitol's reissue line, was getting on its Slow Jams series and decided to compete. And since the Sony catalog is just as rich, the concept works just as well.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Wanna Know Your Name
  2. Shining Star
  3. Lowdown
  4. Got to Be Real
  5. Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)
  6. Tossin' and Turnin'
  7. Slow Motion, Pt. 1
  8. Finders Keepers
  9. Disco Lady
  10. Use Me
  11. Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta TĂș Baile)
  12. Shake You Down
  13. Can't Hide Love
  14. Whip Appeal
  15. Sweet Thing
  16. Just for a Thrill
  17. Heaven Sent
  18. In the Mood
  19. Stairway to Heaven
  20. Let's Make a Baby
  21. Personally
  22. Ooo La La La
  23. It's Forever
  24. Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It
  25. Stop Before We Start
  26. Juicy Fruit
  27. Caught Making Love
  28. Between the Sheets
  29. The Bells
  30. Sexual Healing