The strongest of the three volumes that document the Shadows' EP output, Vol. 3 rounds up some of the band's finest-ever material -- and that includes hit singles and prized album cuts. Much of the material is drawn from the band's first years together, including several now-rare singles -- both sides of their pre-fame 45 "Jet Black," plus the raucous "Quartermaster's Stores," are culled from the Apache EP; further early gems "Don't Be a Fool With Love," "Feelin' Fine," and (from the Expresso Boingo movie soundtrack) "Bongo Blues" hurtle off Feelin' Fine. Elsewhere, tracks are drawn from the Guitar Tango, Shazam, Stingray, Late Night Set, volumes one and two of Dance With the Shadows, Dance On With the Shadows, Be Bop a Lula, Genie With the Light Brown Lamp, Atlantis, The Frightened City, and Chattanooga Choo Choo EPs, none of which are at all easy to locate in their original form. Indeed, for the truly dedicated collector looking to recreate the original EPs, several sets are thus completed here, and armed with a CD burner and the thumbnails of the original EP sleeves contained in the booklet, one could certainly have a lot of fun rebuilding the Shadows collection in miniature. For others, simply filling in the gaps which other Shadows compilations left open for so long is perhaps enjoyment enough.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson