Label: Polydor - 065 008-2 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Experimental
A problem with Universal's "an introduction to" series is that "an introduction to" is not always synonymous with a "best-of" compilation, or even a representative compilation, since it only covers the time when acts are on specific labels whose catalog Ma Ma Ma Belle - ELO* - ELOs Greatest Hits eventually administered. The Rare Bird volume is a good example, since it only covers material on Polydor, with nothing from their earlier Charisma releases.
Most listeners would rate their Charisma stuff as their best, and certainly as their most adventurous. By the time they recorded for Polydor, their lineup had changed radically, though keyboardist Dave Kaffinetti perhaps more famous for playing the role of "Viv Savage" in Spinal Tap was still aboard. So had their sound, retreating from fairly experimental keyboard-based art rock to something more normal. And blander as well, the 17 cuts here being unexceptional period early-to-mid-'70s British rock mixing pop, soul, folk-rock, and occasional echoes of their more progressive period.
It's not a crime to go more mainstream if you have good songs, but there's nothing to get too excited about one way or another here. Only on the eight-minute "Dollars" is there a strong hint of their early prog rock roots. As a bone to collectors, it does include "Roadside Welcome," one of three songs from a free bonus EP that came with the initial copies of their Epic Forest LP. Considering the group's limited success and the unlikely odds that a cult will mushroom around them, Third Time Around is most likely the last time around for their Polydor catalog.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 6, Styles Prog-Rock. Track Listing. Body and Soul. Steve Gould. Rare Bird. Epic Forrest. Roadside Welcome. Passing Rare Bird - Third Time Around - An Introduction To Rare Bird . Turn Your Head.
Don't Be Afraid. Hey Man. Reaching You. Hard Time. Red Man. Somebody's Watching. All That I Need. Third Time Around. High in the Morning. Body and Soul Steve Gould. High in the Morning Korda.
I Done Somebody Wrong - Elmore James - Red Hot Blues, John Mellencamp* - Dance Naked, Henry Kotowski - Glaub Es Mir / Also Prüfe Mich, Crave - Man Tee Mans - Seventeen, I Cant Waste My Time On You - Bob Starr - Recording artist Bob Starr and his All-Star Band