R&B history books are full of stories about artists who died before their time.

RELEASE DATE: Oct. 22
R&B history books are full of stories about artists who died before their time. One such chapter belongs to Linda Jones, who succumbed in 1972 at 28 owing to complications from diabetes. But during her brief, five-year recording career, the former pie-factory worker notched the enduring top 5 R&B hit "Hypnotized" as well as the top 10 "What Have I Done (to Make You Mad)" and the top 20 "Your Precious Love." Those tunes and 18 more of the two dozen or so recordings she made comprise this compilation. While not every song reaches the "Hypnotized" peak, the package is nonetheless a worthy testament to Jones' intense, gospel-hued vocals that still raise goosebumps 30 years after her untimely death. And still beg the question: what if . . . ?—GM