Various Artists

Rare 60's Beat Treasures, Vol. 3

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

Volume three of this seven-part series of British Invasion rarities has a couple dozen tracks that are, generally speaking, more rare than good, though there are some better than average songs and a few items that will excite collectors for their connections to better-known artists. As sometimes occurs when a comp series casts a wide net, the best song, alas, is one that's been long available to people who collect this sort of thing: "Hurt Me If You Will" by the Mark Four, the group that would soon evolve into the Creation. The solo post-Searchers tracks by Tony Jackson aren't bad, but even before this, they were easy enough to acquire. Not all the cuts with name musicians are good: the Ace Kefford Stand, lead by the former Move-man, offer a leaden hard rock version of "For Your Love." As for some of the highlights, A Wild Uncertainty do a good cover of the Everly Brothers' "A Man with Money" on an early Glyn Johns production; the Nashville Teens' "Poor Boy" is one of their bluesier moments on record; and Julian Covey & the Machine's "A Little Bit Hurt" sounds like it might have been the model, in its plodding repetitious melody at least, for the Soft Machine's "We Did It Again." It's also odd to hear a couple groups (the Nerve and the Loose Ends) whose singers seem to be trying to imitate Manfred Mann vocalist Paul Jones, if for no other reason than that there aren't many such imitations around. For the most part, however, these are listenable but unmemorable examples of various British Invasion styles, most often inclined toward R&B ravers, but also including some pop-soul and mildly psychedelic outings.

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