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  • Summary: The third full-length album for the Staten Island group was recorded live during a 48 hour period.
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  1. This third chapter in the Budos Band's legacy is a giant step forward. That said, for band and listener alike, nothing is lost in this gambit; everything just gets deeper and wider and the payoff is nearly immeasurable.
  2. It's hard to pick highlights, but it's always a good sign when you listen to an album for the first time and stop to replay the opening track three times. It's that good.
  3. Whoever has the spotlight at any given point, III is The Budos Band's most confident-sounding album, like a soundtrack to a Shaft In Africa if it were actually made in Africa.
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    The Budos Band III is a remarkably cohesive album, and despite the lack of surprises, it's one tremendously enjoyable listen.
  5. The result is a brand of soul music that's less susceptible to the revivalist tag than anything else coming out of the Daptone studios.
  6. Engineer Bosco Mann's work here exemplifies the principal that it's better to capture the sound right than to try to fix it in the mix. Then you can spend the mix getting the balance right, making some sounds stand out and others blend just right. Such is the case here; this record simply sounds right.
  7. When they do get adventurous and experimental, they execute it with such smoothness that even those moments of danger and excitement sound muted and safe. It's a solid disc, but you can't shake a sense that the Budos Band is capable of more.

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  1. Aug 12, 2010
    10
    This album is a great instrumental album. Would do great on any level. I am shocked how they recorded the album within a 48 hour period. ThisThis album is a great instrumental album. Would do great on any level. I am shocked how they recorded the album within a 48 hour period. This is amazing Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2010
    9
    Great instrumental album. Every song is good, and not a single one disappoints. I hadn't heard of this group until I saw this album on here,Great instrumental album. Every song is good, and not a single one disappoints. I hadn't heard of this group until I saw this album on here, and now I own all of their stuff. Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2010
    9
    Great stuff considering the time they took to create it! Definitely soundtrack material and has hints of Average White band, SwingersGreat stuff considering the time they took to create it! Definitely soundtrack material and has hints of Average White band, Swingers Soundtrack kind of material. Invest now. Collapse
  4. Aug 21, 2010
    8
    Fantastic grooves, cinematic and not one track that disappoints. I would be surprised if someone Clooney and the boys didn't use it as theFantastic grooves, cinematic and not one track that disappoints. I would be surprised if someone Clooney and the boys didn't use it as the Soundtrack to possibly the next Oceans 14? Expand