Various Artists

Strictly Breaks, Vol. 5

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Compared to similar vinyl-based series like Ultimate Breaks and Beats and Dusty Fingers, the Strictly Breaks series is often more satisfying to the average set of ears. This is because the average selection tends to have more going for it than just the break within it. The breadth is considerable, taking just about every rhythmic form of music from the '60s through the early '80s into consideration. Another benefit is that you can enjoy this series without having a fleeting interest in the rap tracks that sampled the content. Highlights of the fifth volume include Larry Young's "Turn Off the Lights," Stevie Wonder's "Too High," George Duke's "Reach for It," Joe Simon's "Drowning in the Sea of Love," Al Green's "Love and Happiness," and Chocolate Milk's "Action Speaks Louder Than Words."