This album is, effectively, a re-issue of the long-deleted "The First Sixty-Four Minutes", which combines tracks from the "Blow UP" single, the "Mission Impossible" E.P. and the album "The Money Spyder", as well as including JTQ's version of "Be My Lady" (or "Be My Girl", as its called here). It's hard to believe that this is the same band that could produce sophisticated jazz-funk like "A Taste of Cherry" but, of course, it's not the same band, only Mr. Taylor himself staying the course from 1997 to 2007. These tunes are an entirely different proposition, being firmly based in the worlds of filmscores and 'Sixties nostalgia.
"Be My Lady" aside, every track on the album is either from a genuine filmscore or is part of "The Money Spyder", which was conceived as the score to an imaginary film. The opener, a version of Herbie Hancock's theme from the film "Blow Up" (incorporating "Bring Down the Birds" with its Dee-lite sampled bassline), sets the scene for the rest of the album. Its combination of snappy drums, trill organ and twangy guitar puts us firmly in 'Sixties territory - musical bedfellows with Jimi Hendrix, The Spencer Davis Group and The Small Faces. Close your eyes to this tune (or any other on the album) and you could be David Hemmings wandering and wondering through London at a time when it was the centre of cool and everyone was beautiful.
Occasionally the organ is swapped for atmospheric piano and the guitar moves between rock-y and surf-y with just a burst of flamenco (on "Los Cuevos Pablo"), whilst the overall feel is "cool" with just an occasional hint of cheese. The music is highly enjoyable and pretty well played, if a little rough around the edges (these were, after all, very young men at the time this was made).
If you do not already have these tracks in another format (much of the material on the album has been released on other compilations at various times) it is well worth buying, either for the sheer pleasure of owning something so groovy or for an overview of the early career of this fine band. If you wanted a general introduction to the band, however, I'm not sure I'd start here: "Hammondology" is probably the most comprehensive compilation available.