Rob Brunner
February 21, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

KCRW Rare On Air Vol. 3

Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

You’d think that dragging musicians out of bed to play live on radio would guarantee subpar performances. But with strong contributions from Fiona Apple (”Never Is a Promise”), Ben Folds Five (”Alice Childress”), and Patti Smith (”Dancing Barefoot”), among others, this third CD of early-a.m. recordings from L.A. station KCRW’s ”Morning Becomes Eclectic” program indicates otherwise. Despite several duds, KCRW Rare on Air Vol. 3 succeeds thanks to its dreamy, groggy intimacy.

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