Featuring 68 tracks spread across four discs, Pure…Divas
isn't centered around a particular era or genre, as it traverses several decades and hops across folk, soul, rock, adult contemporary, pop, country, and contemporary R&B. It also plays a little loose with the definition of diva; most of these artists are not in the same class as, say, Billie Holiday
or Gladys Knight
. Regardless, there's a wide range of enduring songs, including Labelle
's "Lady Marmalade," Eartha Kitt
's "I Want to Be Evil," Evelyn King
's "Love Come Down," and Deniece Williams
' "Free." When Sony released this in the U.K., it retailed for roughly the price of a single-disc midline compilation.