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The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3

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By the third volume of The British Invasion: History of British Rock, the series' mixture of classic hits, English hits and obscurities should be familiar to any observer. Vol. 3 does follow the pattern that its two predecessors established, and while it doesn't have as many big hits as the first volume, it is the most interesting installment since Vol. 1. That's partially because there are a number of hits -- including Gerry & the Pacemakers' "It's Gonna Be Alright," Chad & Jeremy's "Willow Weep for Me," the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You," the Seekers' "I'll Never Find Another You," the Hollies' "Bus Stop," the Troggs' "Wild Thing," the Yardbirds' "I'm a Man" -- but also because there are lesser-known singles from Manfred Mann, Peter & Gordon and the Zombies, plus excellent cuts from such cult acts as the mod rockers the Action ("I'll Keep Holding On") and the Creation ("Making Time"). The obscurities are always interesting and frequently good, which helps make the disc of interest not just to collectors, but fans of '60s pop in general.

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