The third volume in a series of four albums (originally released in 1986 as a set of three 90-minute cassettes), Man of the Year Volume Three is the most low-key and contemplative of the set. Not an ambient album by any stretch, it's still a fairly quiet and unassuming record. It's not until the end of Track Five, "Falling In Love With a Black Girl," that the first vocals show up, and even then they're just wordless falsettos. Like the rest of the series, Man of the Year Volume Three consists simply of R. Stevie Moore, an acoustic guitar, and a cheap cassette recorder, playing single takes of brief, simple songs, completely live and without overdubbing, and mixed with snippets of found sound recorded off of TV and the radio. This audio verite approach, of course, would be enormously popular a decade or so after these recordings were made, and if Man of the Year Volume Three had come out then, it would have attracted considerably more attention.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason