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Pulp Fusion: Revival Boogie Down

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Through its seventh volume, Harmless' Pulp Fusion series was the domain of mostly '70s soul, funk, and any form of jazz incorporating soul or funk. Technically, the eighth volume of the series but not indicated as such, this set -- subtitled Revival Boogie Down -- shifts to the late '70s and early '80s, when synthesizers and drum programming began to play increased roles in black club music. This volume is also different from its predecessors in that it offers a mix on one disc (by DJ Pogo) and most of the tracks from the mix in unmixed form on a second disc. Most of the tracks picked have made appearances on several other compilations, such as Thump's Old School and a handful of discs put together by major DJs (such as Azuli's excellent Choice: A Collection of Classics series), but the set is attractive enough to make the possible overlap a small issue (unless, of course, you have most of the tracks on it). Pogo doesn't always go the obvious route with the groups he features -- Loose Ends contributes "Gonna Make You Mine" instead of the more popular "Hangin' On a String (Contemplating)," and Roy Ayers' "Love Will Bring Us Back Together" instead of "Running Away." Whether you're a novice or a hardcore collector of this era, the whole thing is plenty enjoyable. The only difference in the track selection between the two discs: Players Association's "Turn the Music Up" appears on the unmixed disc but not on the mix, while Lyn Collins' "Think (About It)" appears on the mix but not on the unmixed disc.

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