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Early Edwin Starr Hits (Live)

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Album Review

Edwin Starr marked time with this late-'70s release. He hadn't become acclimated to disco, and wasn't really getting first-rate soul and R&B songs either, so he tried to slip between the cracks and revamp himself into a modified supper-club and light soul vocalist. It wasn't fully successful, but wasn't a travesty either. He landed a low chart single, and the album had a few good ballads. It's now history, but at the time, it kept Starr afloat in a tenuous era for soul and R&B vocalists.

Biography

Born: January 21, 1942 in Nashville, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Rightly revered for the storming protest classic "War," Edwin Starr didn't really need another hit to achieve legendary status in soul circles, so electrifying was that single performance. Starr first made his name as "Agent Double-O-Soul," and when his contract was transferred to Motown, he instantly became one of the roughest, toughest vocalists on the crossover-friendly label, with his debt to James Brown and the Stax soul shouters. Even if nothing else ever matched the phenomenon...
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