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Dobie Gray - Drift Away: A Decade Of Dobie 1969-1979 (Remastered) (2014)

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Dobie Gray - Drift Away: A Decade Of Dobie 1969-1979 (Remastered) (2014)

Dobie Gray - Drift Away: A Decade Of Dobie 1969-1979 (Remastered) (2014)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.6 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 625 MB
4:30:36 | Soul, R&B, Pop | Label: Hip-O Select

Anybody who has cut a standard like "Drift Away" can hardly be called unappreciated, but a hit of that magnitude can tend to overshadow the rest of an artist's career. Such is the case with Dobie Gray, who not only had a huge number five hit with "Drift Away" in 1973, but had a number 11 hit eight years earlier with "The 'In' Crowd." Two big hits, both widely known, which is more than most artists get, and Gray continued to chart throughout the '70s, albeit in the lower reaches of the R&B charts. All of this suggests that Gray was a minor talent, but that's misleading, as Hip-O Select's excellent four-disc box set Drift Away: A Decade of Dobie (1969-1979) proves. Chronicling the music Gray made after "The 'In' Crowd," it illustrates that Gray wasn't just a powerful yet nuanced soul singer, but that he restlessly tried different sounds and styles. The first tracks on this set collect his singles for the L.A. soft pop label White Whale, where he cut versions of Joe South's "Rose Garden" and Paul Williams' "Do You Really Have a Heart" that perfectly fit the label's breezy, lazy style while retaining a soulful edge. After that, it moves to his Drift Away album, recorded for Decca in 1973.