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Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings

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Best known as the influential (ask the Beatles) originator of distinctive early-’60s R&B standards like ”Anna” and ”You Better Move On,” Arthur Alexander recorded a much-praised comeback album last year—and promptly died of heart failure. This compilation of ’72 nonhits, Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings, is timelier: Amid the current vogue for duets between R&B and country acts, its gentle but gruff Southern country-soulishness reveals Alexander to have been a natural-born hybrid of both styles.

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