Various Artists, "Classic Soul Duets: Boy Meets Girl"

Album Review

Sassy soul duets are a tradition as old as the genre itself, and Stax released some of the best. This compilation takes selections from the 1969 Stax album "Boy Meets Girl" and adds two Stax songs by Delaney & Bonnie and two versions of "Private Number," the William Bell/Judy Clay hit and a Dusty Springfield/Spencer Davis take that oozes British cool. There's no filler here, but the highlights are duets on familiar songs like "I Thank You" (Bell and Mavis Staples), "All I Have to Do Is Dream" (Bell and Thomas) and a version of "Piece of My Heart" (Eddie Floyd and Staples) that hits a groove Janis Joplin never could. --Rob Levine