Various Artists

Phat Trax, Vols. 1-5

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Phat Trax is a seven-volume series (all discs are available individually) that chronicles the late-'70s and early-'80s heyday of funk. Each disc is filled with classic cuts, rarities, and 12" mixes, giving an excellent overview of every element of funk. The series begins to lose some steam on its later volumes, as it spends too much time on mediocrities, but the set remains the definitive overview of funk.