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Ed Reed: The Song Is You

Turn over the disc and you expect it to read, “Recorded in 1958.” Not that Reed, who last year made such a stellar comeback with Sings Love Stories, suggests here the mellow smoothness of the 30-something Nat “King” Cole wannabe he was in the late ’50s. No, time, age, hard knocks and accumulated wisdom are what make the octogenarian’s raw, scarred and incomparably sage voice so appealing.

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