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Old School Jams, Vol. 3

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Old School Jams, Vol. 3 expands upon preceding volumes, featuring not one but two discs of late-'70s to late-'80s urban dance classics. Furthermore, these aren't the widely known album or radio versions but rather the extended dance mixes, many of which are quite difficult to find. There's no shortage of classics here: Cameo's "Word Up," Rick James' "Super Freak," the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," and Blondie's "Rapture" are just a sample of the many longtime favorites featured on this double-disc collection. This collection should appeal to not one but two different audiences, those looking for a one-stop collection of late-'70s to late-'80s urban dance favorites and those looking for the many hard-to-find extended mixes featured here. In fact, this volume is so impressive that you'll want to skip the first two volumes and head straight for this one. It's so loaded with great music that you may not even need to bother with the other volumes.

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