Rhino's multi-volume Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind had hit cruising mode by Vol. 5
, which each disc containing a recognizable blend of pop-soul, funk, smooth soul and vocal groups. One of the new trends to surface during this time -- the summer of 1971 -- is protest songs, and there are a pair of classics here: Freda Payne's
impassioned Vietnam plea "Bring the Boys Home" and the Undisputed Truth's
paranoid "Smiling Faces Sometimes." Of course, these two songs are balanced by a number of considerably lighter songs, most of them either in a pop-soul/pop-funk vein of smooth soul. And, like most volumes in this series, the lesser-known cuts -- the 8th Day's "She's Not Just Another Woman," Dave & Ansil Collins' "Double Barrel," the Chi-Lites'
"Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)," King Floyd's "Baby Let Me Kiss You" and the Honey Cone's
"Stick-Up" -- are as strong as the big hits (the Honey Cone's
"Want Ads," Jean Knight's
"Mr. Big Stuff," the Beginning of the End's
"Funky Nassau, Pt. 1," the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's
"Treat Her Like a Lady"), which makes the disc another essential addition to any serious soul collection.