Mick Farren's growling Deviants imploded in Vancouver Canada in the autumn of 1969 leaving the uneven 'The Deviants #3' as their swansong.
The album opens with the swaggering comic book novelty of 'Billy The Monster' followed by the instrumental workout 'Broken Biscuits' that showcases what the wonderful Paul Rudolf would later contribute to the early Pink Fairies.
The cod folk psychedelic of ‘The People Suite’, again with a fab Rudolf solo, follows the excellent rocker ‘First Line’, and the slow blues burn of 'Rumbling B(l)ack Transit Blues'.
The low point of #3 begins with the incongruous nursery rhyme vocal of 'Death Of A Dream Machine’; the solid rock of 'Playtime' buoys the Lp but leads into the pointless 'George Does It With His Tongue' and 'The Junior Narco Rangers'.
The whimsy of 'Let's Drink to the people' leads into the albums closer an extended band workout, complete with a rather swinging Hammond organ, 'Metamorphosis Exploration'.
Farren's excellent 1st solo record (and last until 1978)'Mona, the Carnivorous Circus', was recorded in 1970 with Steve Took, Twink and a couple of members of Quatarmass.
It is a more frantic recording than 3# full of interesting ideas that revolve around two bookend versions of the old Bo Diddley tune and a kind of cut up and paste interview, thrash rock meets folk meets Stockhausen that is the manic opus 'The Carnivorous Circus' parts 1 & 2.
In the middle of this is a kick arse punk version of 'Summertime Blues'
Highly recommended for the mysteries of Mona although #3 does lose the CD 1 star.