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Various Artists: Private Stock Volume 1

While worth checking out, Private Stock, Volume 1 (Three Keys) is somewhat of a mixed bag. This compilation includes remixed versions of tunes by artists on the label-including keyboardist Marcus Johnson (Three Keys’ owner), saxophonist Jaared, singer Alyson Williams and keyboardist Bobby Lyle-alongside album tracks and bonuses. Some of the remixes work; some don’t.

Williams’ “Superstar” lets her forthright delivery shine, but on the remix of “You,” Jaared’s horn is buried-and when you do hear him, his normally muscular sax sounds shrill. One highlight of the album is singer Yahzarah’s “Blackstar,” an exotic, rhythmic track in which her voice is complimented by intricate percussion. The album includes two versions of singer Jarrard Anthony’s “Sweet Memories,” although the remix version is burdened by a distracting squishy electronic effect.

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