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In Yo' Face!: The History of Funk, Vol. 5

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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 fifth volume closes out the series with another immensely fun and historical batch of tracks, including the Brides of Funkenstein's "Disco to Go," Bernie Worrell's "Insurance Man for the Funk," Rick James' "Bustin' Out (On Funk)," Cameo's "I Just Want to Be," Fatback's "I Like Girls," and Zapp's "More Bounce to the Ounce." This puts the a cap on an excellent series that could've spawned at least another half-dozen volumes.

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