Various Artists

Nova Classics, Vol. 3

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Like the Nova Tunes and Test compilations, the Nova Classics discs demonstrate the breadth and open-mindedness of France's Radio Nova, but as you can tell from the title, the focus here is more rooted in the distant past -- especially where soul, funk, and reggae are considered -- with a smattering of relatively recent inclusions that should appeal to fans of old sounds. The third volume of Nova Classics features Photek's "Modus Operandi," Al Green's "Simply Beautiful," Edwin Starr's "War," Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message," Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Superman Lover," and the Pioneers' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." The picks are just as haphazardly matched as they are on the second volume, but it's hard to complain when the quality level is this remarkable.

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