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Disco Hits, Vol. 5

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Rhino's Disco Hits compilations act as redundant, skimpy, budget-line versions of their excellent Disco Years discs. Each volume of the Disco Years series featured well over a dozen tracks, while each Disco Hits adheres to a strict ten-song cutoff. In a way, this alternate approach was an opportunity squandered, since the empty space on each disc could've been filled out with the favoring of each track's original mix -- meaning the lengthier, more effective, and therefore more club-oriented versions -- over the radio edits found on each volume of The Disco Years. No one who owns the Disco Years sets should go anywhere near these -- overlap abounds. The fifth volume includes Foxy's "Sex Symbol," USA-European Connection's "Come Into My Heart," Hot Chocolate's "Disco Queen," and the Sylvers' "Boogie Fever." Anyone looking into a proper entry route into disco should keep their options open to compilations that offer more bang for the buck.

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