Personnel: Ben E. King (vocals, guitar); Dionne Warwick, Doris Troy, Etta James, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Little Anthony, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations , Betty Everett (vocals).
Unknown Contributor Role: The Friends of Distinction.
The Right Stuff's Slow Jams series devoted four volumes to R&B ballads of the '60s. Though it's more than a little irritating that these four discs could've been compacted onto two discs, each one is solid from front to back, with classics that any self-respecting fan of soul music needs in some form. This second volume clocks in at under 40 minutes, with Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By," Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" (ironic: someone shouting at you to be tender), Lou Rawls' "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)," Etta James' "At Last," and the Temptations' "Since I Lost My Baby" figuring into the scheme, along with seven others. ~ Andy Kellman