Street Scene, Summer '93

PERFORMER: TONY TONI TONE

ALBUM: SONS OF SOUL

LABEL: MERCURY/WING

THE BOTTOM LINE: A graceful album transports the sweet soul sounds of the past into the '90s.

Every so often, on the streets of big cities, you'll see a sidewalk salesman selling records. Ancient 33s from the '60s and '70s, all laid out in a row. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Marvin Gaye. Earth, Wind and Fire. Sounds from a softer, more soulful era, now on display as curiosities. In an era of DATs and New Jacks, such scenes have a poignant, out-of-touch, Willy Loman quality to them. You amble...

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