16 tracks from the French library label Telemusic. The feeling from some quarters is that Vol 3 contains more than a few duff tracks or that it gets bogged down by repetition. It's true that Vol 3's 55 minute run time feels dramatically shortened by the (unnecessary) inclusion of Guy Pedersen's 13 minute jazz work out 'Kermesse Non Heroique' - it's not awful by any means, but it's repetition is grinding and not the usual 3 minute burst of groovy funk one expects to find on a comp featuring the Blow Up brand. That 3 composers contribute 13 of the 16 tracks, Vol 3 feels rather like a Best Of.
Stand outs then. Andre Arpino's 'African King' is a magnificent percussive work out in a similar vein to Art Blakey's foray into African drums. Guy Pedersen's 'Bass Session', featuring some fiery organ work by Raymond Guiot, is a groovy freak out from beginning to end; it could have been included on 'Blow Up' Volume 1. Paul Piot's 'Vertueuse Reveuse' features some lovely female vocalese. The Pedersen Guiot 'Indian Pop Bass' is a psych lover's nirvana. Pedersen's 'Pretexte Pour Indicatifs' could have been used for an Italian Poliziotteschi. Estardy's 'Vertigo Leftimotiv' is another screaming organ freak out - if Brian Auger is your bag you'll play it repeatedly.
To sum up then, it's not the best in the series, but there are tracks on here that are too good to ignore.