Along with the pop-soul and smooth soul that has been the foundation of the Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind
series, Vol. 12
captures the first singles that hinted at disco. The heavy beats of Kool & the Gang's
"Jungle Boogie," Manu Dibango's
"Soul Makossa," Eddie Kendricks'
"Boogie Down" and MFSB's
"TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" all point directly toward disco. These cuts are balanced by a number of smooth soul singles -- Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "The Love I Lost, Pt. 1," the Chi-Lites'
"Stoned Out of My Mind," Bobby Womack's
"Lookin' for a Love," the Main Ingredient's
"Just Don't Want to Be Lonely," Al Wilson's
"Show and Tell" -- plus the Mainstreeters' funky "Theme from Cleopatra Jones" and the O'Jays' classic "Love Train," all make Vol. 12
another terrific entry in this wonderful series.