Body & Soul: Absolute

For those lamenting the paucity of good songs on CDs these days, stop right here.

For those lamenting the paucity of good songs on CDs these days, stop right here. Every track on this latest installment in Time-Life Music's Body & Soul series—which includes the Love Serenade and Sweet Seduction editions—is a contemporary R&B winner. Starting with the Deborah Cox smash "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," this 17-track collection takes the listener on a sensual soul trek that includes stop overs with such veterans and newcomers as Joe ("I Wanna Know"), Usher ("Nice and Slow"), Brian McKnight ("Anytime"), D'Angelo ("Lady"), Toni Braxton ("Unbreak My Heart"), Alicia Keys ("A Woman's Worth"), Luther Vandross ("Take You Out"), and Jimmy Cozier ("She's All I Got"). A great way to ring in Valentine's Day with that special someone.—GM