Various Artists: In Yo’ Face! The History of Funk Series (1993)

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By Scott Goldfine

Detractors of 1970s music cite bubble-gum pop and disco as reasons why it was a banal decade. But the period also served as the genesis of the fun, gritty and wildly inventive genre of funk. This essential music has endured to become rap’s favorite sampling source.

With acts like James Brown, Sly Stone, Parliament and Earth, Wind & Fire, this new five-volume series doesn’t fake the funk.

GRADE: A-

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