Various Artists

Visions of the Past, Vol. 3

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These kinds of releases, though perhaps not kosher with the RIAA, do record collectors a great favor. This one concentrates upon British '60s rarities that featured members that went on to much greater fame with other bands. The Hellions had two Traffic guys and one from Spooky Tooth, for instance; Carl Wayne went on to join the Move; a pre-Led Zeppelin Robert Plant sang with Listen; Ritchie Blackmore played with the Rally Rounders; the In Crowd included Steve Howe; Arthur Brown cut "You Don't Know" with the Diamonds years before "Fire"; etc. And just for the heck of it, there are a few rarities by groups that didn't contain any celebrities, like Rupert's People. The music, however, is rather uninteresting British Beat, even boring at times. It's one for the trainspotters of '60s British rock, and not a record that you'd find yourself playing that often.

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