The Three O’Clock

hiddenworld1The Hidden World Revealed by The Three O’Clock (Omnivore/Frontier Records)

Ever wanted to be invited into one of you favorite bands living room? Would you like to hear about their beginnings first hand? Then be able to listen to those favorite tracks done as originally planned?

Legendary alternative pop gurus of the psychedelic scene of the 1980’s The Three O’Clock take us on their journey from the punk scene to the alternative pop scene in their early careers with this CD compilation. Danny Benair. drummer for The Three O’Clock is the host writer of all the descriptions of the tracks.  A few independent liner notes from bass player and lead vocalist Michael Quercio and lead guitarist Louis Gutierrez give us some insight as well into the beginnings from themselves as to how the band came to be are also in the few pages of the booklet for this CD package.

As a fan who went to plenty of the bands local concerts I have had front row acquaintances’ and great listening opportunities to really listen to the band’s growth from over the years both live and from my home and car. I feel like I grew up with them. Only thing I would have liked to have on this CD is their current live version of As Real As Real for it’s great mix of true psychedelic and outstanding bass and guitar work that embraces the sound now with even more raw and emotional feeling then ever – and for it’s longer length of the song but that’s for a live show only I guess. But the other track’s show off the bands youth and have put on some of the Tokyo Tapes vinyl tracks finally available onto CD for their first time.

You could say that the raw track’s of In My Own Time missing the horns is like hearing them play it live but in a rawer format and the song works well this way as well too. The Girl With The Guitar shows Michael’s ability to write something acoustic. There are quite a few songs here that never made t onto the original releases like Jennifer Only and Around The World that shows you the band constantly were writing a lot of songs together.

Lucifer Sam which usually found it’s way onto a few live sets has finally found it’s home here onto CD and well worth the wait. Hope this isn’t the last album from this band and hope they continue to keep flourishing us with fun good songs.

(Review by Jonathan D. Wright)

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