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The Best of Pulp Fusion

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On the first disc of The Best of Pulp Fusion, DJ Pogo selects 14 of his favorites from Harmless' Pulp Fusion series and mixes them with a handful of cuts not included on any of the other volumes. It's not exactly "the best" of the series, but it works as an adequate sampler with an extremely strong tail-end -- Betty Davis' "Your Mama Wants Ya Back," Gary Bartz NTU Troop's "Celestial Blues" and Minnie Riperton's "Every Time He Comes Around" is a spectacular way to cap off any mix. The second disc contains several tracks from the first in unmixed form, along with a smattering of tracks from the series' first seven volumes that didn't make it on to the mix (Mandrill's "Fat City Strut," Funkadelic's "A Joyful Process.") The set is too redundant to recommend to owners of the series proper, but it makes a good impulse pick-up for anyone looking to go a little deeper with soul-jazz and funk.

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