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In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol. 3

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The five-volume In Yo' Face: The History of Funk series was a very welcomed thing when Rhino issued it in 1993 and remained a valuable source over a decade later, boasting one of the best documentations of '70s and early-'80s funk around -- even in the wake of dozens upon dozens of other like-minded sets. That said, In Yo' Face does have its limitations. It's frustrating that the majority of the inclusions appear in three-to-four-minute radio edits (thus stripping some crucial dynamics); it's also a little odd that each disc sticks to a strict 15-track capacity; and crate-digging funk fans will notice that Rhino must've run into a few licensing roadblocks, since there are some significant holes. Regardless, these five discs have been invaluable to wedding DJs, party hosts, and newcomers alike. The third volume features a number of artists who appeared on the preceding volumes, but Rhino still keeps things fresh with some thoughtful inclusions. Graham Central Station's "The Jam," the O'Jays' "Give the People What they Want," George McCrae's "I Get Lifted," Kool & the Gang's "Jungle Boogie," Average White Band's "Cut the Cake," and the Isley Brothers' "Fight the Power, Pt. 1" factor in.

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