Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 in this series flattered to deceive - on the first couple of listens they sounded okay but with further listens became almost laborious, especially given that they both clocked in at over two hours. However, with this volume Amorphous Androgynous duo Brian Dougans and Garry Cobain (a.k.a. The Future Sound of London) have refined their craft and produced something that exceeds the sum of its parts.
Although pitched somewhere between a compilation and a mix album, there isn't too much mixology in evidence with a lot of the tracks being played in full and cross-faded. There are some overdubs, some mixing, re-mixing and inter-spliced film / Timothy Leary dialogue but this is not an Andy Votel
style exercise in mixology. Also, there are not too many particularly rare or unknown tracks.
The album kicks off in supreme style with the frantic, hyper-charged B-side to Pierre Cavalli's classic 1974 single 'Un soir chez Norris' and takes in some easy listening vibes (James Last), other worldly gems (Agitation Free, Ozdemir Erdogan), folk (Linda Perhacs, Bonnie Dobson), along with plenty of hard rock psych and non-traditional psych vibes. There is one faux pas - the inclusion of Tiny Tim's comedic take of 'Livin' In the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight' totally ruins the flow on Disc 2, but it soon gets back on track. Overall and unlike the previous two volumes, this set hangs together much better and endures - repeated listens are rewarded.