Classy chill-out anthology follows hit formula

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Various Artists – Acoustic 3

The original Acoustic album sold over 100,000 and its follow-up, Acoustic 2, did similarly healthy business. The same formula is followed for the third instalment in this series: a mixture of old and new with the definition of “acoustic” bent to accommodate amplified music wherever the mood is suitable. This time out, the range is wide. The Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Sunday Morning” appears, along with Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me”. Elsewhere, Jeff Buckley, Mercury Rev, Ryan Adams, Oasis, Starsailor, Beth Orton and Dido are among the 40 artists taking part. Buyers of the earlier volumes in the series will certainly want this.