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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2011
Starting off with Timothy Leary advising us to "Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out" this 2-cd set is a mind-bending treat. Okay, Noel Gallagher swears by the first volume (and it is GREAT) but I prefer this.. The AA's third "Bubble". Looking at the track list one would think that this wouldn't work. I mean.. Tiny Tim, James Last and Enno Morricone thrown in with British (and other) Psych/Prog Rock bands? Surprisingly it all gels together wonderfully as one track flows into the next with the AA guys throwing in a few aural surprises into the mix along the way. Here's what you get:

Disc: 1

1. Pierre Cavalli-Chasse à l'homme
2. Nektar-Its All In The Mind
3. Omar Rodriguez Lopez Quintet-Coma Pony
4. Luv Machine-Witches Wand
5. Golden Animals-Hi Lo
6. The RavellesThe Psychedelic Movement
7. James Last-Here Comes The Sun
8. Ozdemir Erdogan Ve Orkestrasi-Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayim
9. The Amorphous Androgynous-In Fear of the Elecromagnetic Machine (Part 4)
10. Spencer Davis Group -Waltz With Lumbumba
11. I.D Company- Watch The Women
12. Dick Hyman-The Minotaur
13. Bruce Haack-Electric To Me Turn
14. Ennio Morricone-Gli Scatenati
15. Aphrodites Child-The Beast
16. Rotary Connection-Turn Me On
17. Bill Plummer-Journey To The East
18. Sun Dial-Exploding In Your Mind
19. Lau Nau-Kuljen Halki Kuutarhan
20. Corte Dei Miracoli-E Verra L'uomo
21. Mystic Moods-Cosmic Sea
22. The Moody Blues-Thinking Is The Best Way To Travel
23. Gong-Master Builder [Eye Remix]
24. Drum Circus-Now It Hurts You
25. The Animated Egg-Sock It My Way
26. Linda Perhacs-Parallelograms

Disc: 2

1. Leon Russel-The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
2. It's A Beautiful Day-White Bird
3. Donovan-Get Thy Bearings
4. Bob James-Nautilus
5. Brave New World-Soma
6. Paul Weller-Like Water Needs A Flower ( Part 4 Amorphous Androgynous Remix )
7. Amon Duul II-Toxicological Whispering
8. Supergrass-Run
9. The Tremolos-Hard Time
10. Bonnie Dobson -Bird Of Space
11. Agitation Free -Laila Part 2
12. Tiny Tim -Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight
13. John Kongos-Tokoloshe Man
14. The Amorphous Androgynous-Guru Song
15. Noah Georgeson-Find Shelter
16. Dorothy Ashby-Soul Vibrations
17. The Dave Pike Set-Spooky
18. Cosmic Michael-Now That I Found It
19. Albion Country Band - Albion Sunrise/Morris Medley
20. Aphrodites Child-All The Seats Were Occupied

Light up that joss stick, put on your tie-dyed T-shirt, set your Windows player display to "alchemy" and lose yourself in the cool sounds. Great Stuff! Get it while it's still around.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
Truly magnificent musig on show here,cross fades anmd mixes combine with consumate ease,to create a massive soundscape,the discs take in easy listening,jazz,rock and all sorts are thrown into the mix.
Play loud and enjoy your cosmic mind expirience.
Best Bands?Nektar,Gong,Amon Duul ",Aphrodities child and....Tiny Tim!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2011
there have been many psychedelic compilations made but none have been put together in the way that the a.a. have done these.
these are a must have for anyone who has psychedelic tendencies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2012
As good as their stuff always is. You'll discover a load of new artists who you'd never heard of. A great CD.
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