Johnny Hammond Gears (2015 reissue)

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    • Johnny Hammond – Tell Me What To Do
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    • 3. Lost On 23rd Street
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    • 5. Shifting Gears
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    • 8. A Child's Love (Slow version)
    • 9. Song For My Family
    • 10. Detroit Rainbow
    • 11. Funky Native
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