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The Silence Is Broken, Vol. 1

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Kenny Dixon, Jr. has been the victim of bootlegging many times. The Silence Is Broken takes the cake as the shoddiest illegitimate release to date. Nothing on it is difficult to obtain. In fact, many of its tracks are available on some of Dixon's most widely available releases, so it's not as if it's plugging a gap. It attempts to form a flowing compilation, like Dixon's full-lengths, but falls flat. Interludes and outerludes from tracks are edited and given titles, while well-known tracks are boldly retitled. The craziest stunt pulled is the "unreleased" "Gods and Earths," which is actually Theo Parrish's "Lake Shore Drive" (originally released on Dixon's KDJ label)! Was this based on a dare, or what?