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III Import, Original recording remastered

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2006 reissue of he band's last and some say finest LP, "III" was first issued in 1971 amid rave reviews from the European rock press. Once again, the six featured tracks show that this much underrated group had a profound influence in shaping the future sound of "Black Metal" and only years later did people fully realize how important they really were. This edition comes in mini LP vinyl replica packaging with the original artwork, including a booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes by respected author and journalist Chris Welch.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Battle: The Onslaught/If A Man Should Die/ Survival
  2. Accident
  3. Lonely Man
  4. Sun
  5. King Of Hearts
  6. Old Man


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000FQWG8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on May 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1972, this was Black Widow's third lp. Best described as early '70's doom metal / hard rock. See my review of their 'Come To The Sabbat' 2-CD Anthology. Best cuts here are the eleven-minute / three part epic "The Battle" which I noticed had several moods as well as changes in tempo, "King of Hearts" and the well-written "Old Man". Line-up: Kip Trevor - guitar & lead vocals, Geoff Griffith - bass & vocals, John Culley - acoustic guitar & vocals, Zoot Taylor - keyboards & organ, Romeo Challenger - drums and Clive Jones - flute & sax. Should appeal to most open-minded fans of Uriah Heep, Sabbath, Atomic Rooster and possibly Iron Butterfly or even Argent. Not their best work, but decent.
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This is early 70s prog, drenched in Hammond B-3 with lots of long jams. The sound is a mix of this, and heavy rock.

But this is no gaudy ELP or Trace record. Black Widow 3 was made before most of the self-indulgeance that infected progressive rock arrived; before the style became an arena act. This work is as tasteful as pre-Dark Side Pink Floyd, or any of the early Vertigo bands--one of the guys from Cressida even joined after that wonderfully tastefull band broke up.

If all that doesn't sell you, buy this for "Sun" an amazing ballad that could have come straight off of Atom Heart Mother. It is beautifully melodic and meloncolly, one of the most gorgeous songs i have ever heard.

The rest of the record is also very good, and well worth having
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For a band that established themselves by holding mock Satanic rituals of nude women during their shows, you'd expect that the bold moves continually get bolder. The reverse is true for Black Widow who stormed onto the scene with such vengeance and infamy that even Black Sabbath tried to distance themselves from the satanic folk rock band.

While Black Widow's original effort owed a lot of its success to the crazy stage antics and unbelievable reputation of the band, the music was not only solid, but actually displayed great musicianship with beautiful rythyms, melodies, and arrangements. Of course you had your acoustic guitars, drums, and bass, but for an extra bit of attitude they added an organ, a flute, and a fiddle.

These songs would range from mellow and soulful to upbeat and even slightly deranged (at least as deranged as you could imagine a folk song).

Despite all of the fixings for an outstanding if not intriguing band, Black Widow's reputation backfired on them. Because of this they distanced themselves more and more from the image that they had initially built and by their 3rd release, simply entitled III, that image was more or less gone along with a few of the original band members.

III isn't a bad album by any means but it doesn't have that same fire that Sacrifice did which without a doubt, set them apart from anybody else at that time, folk band or not. III however could easily be mistaken for any other folk band out there.

The melodies aren't nearly as powerful or complex and the material never really has much of a punch.

For fans of Black Widow, III can easily be appreciated as another album by the notorious group without the ingredients that made them Black Widow.
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This album is/was a disapointing follow up to the second and best Black Widow album 'Black Widow'.
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