Soul music gets the romantic touch via this three-CD boxed set, a companion to the WQED Multimedia-produced, same-titled special airing on PBS stations this month.

Soul music gets the romantic touch via this three-CD boxed set, a companion to the WQED Multimedia-produced, same-titled special airing on PBS stations this month. Jam-packed with 60 tracks, the set features original hits by such icons as the Temptations, Spinners, Dells, Miracles, and Aretha Franklin (who hosts the TV special with Mary Wilson and Lou Rawls). While the usual suspects—like Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and Al Green's "I'm Still in Love With You"—are here, it's nuggets like Charles Wright's "Love Land" and Tommy Edwards' "It's All in the Game" that give this set extra juice. Supplementing the sensual journey down memory lane is a four-color booklet outlining the featured acts and songs. This collection also marks the first free-standing release from Retropolis Entertainment's Shout! label. Retropolis is the music catalog company created by former Rhino Entertainment co-founder Richard Foos and ex-Rhino executives Garson Foos and Bob Emmer.—GM