Earlier compilations have paid tribute to Los Angeles—bred quintet the Whispers, established in 1964 and fronted by smooth—singing twins Walter & Wallace "Scotty" Scott.

Earlier compilations have paid tribute to Los Angeles—bred quintet the Whispers, established in 1964 and fronted by smooth—singing twins Walter & Wallace "Scotty" Scott. However, this 32—track retrospective doubles as a virtual one—stop for an enviably lengthy, hit—filled—yet unfortunately underrated—R&B career. Divided into two tempo—themed discs, this collection showcases the Whispers' vocal adeptness and suave harmonies, whether the songs percolate or simmer. Anchored by a tuneful contingent from its prolific Solar Records tenure, the set contains such gems as '80s crossover faves "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady," plus "Keep on Lovin' Me" and "It's a Love Thing." Adding to the well—rounded package are songs culled from the Whispers' stints on Soul Clock, Janus, Soul Train, and Capitol ("Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," "Bingo," "One for the Money," and "My Heart, Your Heart"). A must—have for any serious R&B collection.—GM