"Some of these songs were intended for a double album set that ultimately became the single disk Nazz Nazz. Other songs & outtakes have since been released elsewhere, although the great official live Nazz album remains hidden. Still, there are treasures on this album, like "Only One Winner" & "How Can You Call That Beautiful." Their loose, snotty cover of "Kicks" has a punk edge. Nazz fans mourn the band not least of all because they were a band, Todd's control not withstanding. & Todd, without a band like this, stumbled through a solo career that never got over big time (despite the loud noises made by his devotees) & wavered between genius & genuine atrocity. A must own!Bob Rixon, WFMU-FM"
Nazz III With A Twist
John Peterson | Marinette, WI USA | 03/26/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I pretty much agree with Bob Rixon on his recommendations and I would like to throw in Carson's "Christopher Colombus" and Todd's "Magic Me" into the mix. But this album relies too much on softer material (perhaps because the best bunch of the songs went to Nazz Nazz). However, there are differences between the vinyl version of Nazz III and this CD. On "Only One Winner" this CD has Todd & Stewkey sharing lead vocals where the vinyl has only Stewkey's lead vocals. "Magic Me" is remixed and sounds fuller than the vinyl version with the drums dominating the right and center channel. Finally, "Christopher Colombus" is also remixed where Thom Mooney's drums dominate the right and center channel with the band virtually being drowned out by the drums. Nevertheless, this is still a worthy CD to have."
This Was Todd's Window
Stormy Hunter | Encinitas, California USA | 05/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Firstly, I must say that I disagree with the generally held notion that this album is somehow inferior to the first two Nazz albums. True, the band had broken up by the time it was released, and there were no "hits", but there is still some great musicianship and excellent songwriting here. I am going to restrict my comments to one song, namely "You Are My Window". This is the last song on the last offical Nazz album, but the first (and only) Nazz song composed, played, and sung entirely by Todd. Despite the presence of probably the most out-of-tune piano ever to appear on a commercial pop record, this song is pure transcendence. It is a ballad, full of Todd's signature chords, and his voice has that youthful, yearning quality that he ditched somewhere after "Wizard". The lyrics are sheer poetry. Todd once told an audience "No matter how it sounds, remember it's sincere" (Chicago 11-17-73). The beauty and the sincerity in this one song is breathtaking, and it foreshadows later Todd ballads like "Be Nice To Me" and even the much later "Pretending To Care". This is the sound of a genius about to take flight."
Christopher A. Radano | Parkesburg, PA | 06/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have not listened to this in years. Looking, and listening, to the song list here at Amazon, this is a good collection. When you put up all 3 Nazz albums, this is the weak link. You will still need, and enjoy, this album. Some very intelligent, and catchy tunes. This collection is just that, a collection (as opposed to a comprehensive musical album). After reading the other review, it makes sense that this is an incomplete double album. Also missing is a sing-a-long type folky ditty, "You Can't Get to Heaven on the Frankford El". This refers to an elevated railway travelling through this North Philadelphia neighborhood. The song used to get some airplay as a "lost classic" on some of the radio stations around here. Like to see that one re-released somehow."