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No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle Plus Demos
No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle Plus Demos
Price: £11.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the rhythm takes you, 21 Feb. 2009
This album takes me back. I'll of still been at school when it was originally released (1986 if my memory is correct). Their debut album 'Rhythm & Soul' was very poppy with a slight Motown influence but this their second album 'No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle' (or 'Down Two' as it was called in Germany) had much more incommon with the Medway garage band The Prisoners than the other power pop Mod bands from the mid 80s.

At the time of it's release Stiff Records had gone bust and with Makin' Time signed to Stiff's offshoot lable Countdown Records they found themselves putting out this album themselves. Listening to this album now it's hard to understand why Makin' Time never made it. The band had the songs & style and anyone who caught them live knows just what a great act they were. I only managed to see the band live once, at Redcar Bowl with Tetley's band The Singles supporting. The venue wasn't full due to the gig been on the same night as the 1986 World Cup final but Makin't Time put on a great show for those who turned up and I still have a fully signed poster from that night.

It's a shame that Makin' Time called it a day just after the release of this album as the band were improving all the time as this album shows compaired to their debut.

Makin' Times bassist Martin Blunt went onto bigger things with The Charlatans. Fay Hallam went onto join The Prisoners Graham Day & Allan Crockford in The Prime Movers whose 3 albums ('Sins Of The Forfathers', 'Earth Church' & 'Arc') are all worth checking out although Fay only plays on the German release of 'Sins Of ...'. These days Fay is in The Trinity and also released a few albums with Phaze. Drummer Neil Clitheroe joined Mod band The Moment until he moved to Germany while guitarist/singer Mark "Sid" McGounden took a break from music before returning with the band The Upper Fifth.

This album is well worth buying for anyone who was around on the Mod scene back in the mid 80s. I'm sure it will bring back a lot of memories like it did for me. Also as an added bonus there's some tracks from Makin' Time's German mini album 'Unchain My Heart' as well the unreleased demo of 'Great Foreseer'.

Arm In Arm
Arm In Arm

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Are Winners, There are losers ..., 15 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Arm In Arm (Audio CD)
The people who miss out on this album are the ones that have lost.

I've been a fan now of Amsterdam's frontman Ian Prowse's songs since hearing his old band Pele back in the early 90s. This is Amsterdam's second official studio album (or 4th if you count the 2 internet only albums 'Attitunes' & 'The Curse') and is easily their best to date. In fact I'd go as far as to say this album features Prowsey's best songs todate, and that includes the Pele stuff.

Ok, there's a few old songs on here ('Lonely Boy','Hatred Is Wasted' and 'Feels Like Growing Up') but all have been updated and re-recorded and sound all the better for it. 'Arm In Arm' also includes a great acoustic song 'Rosie' which was penned by Amsterdam guitarist Johnny 'Hair Bear' Barlow. Also must mention Anna Jenkins whose violin & vocal harmonies add a new depth to Amsterdam's songs.

I really think that this is the record that will make Amsterdam and I think most of the music press agrees with me looking at all the great press 'Arm In Arm' has deservedly received. So do yourself a favour and order a copy of 'Arm In Arm' today!

The Journey
The Journey
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Price: £17.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?, 25 Jun. 2006
This review is from: The Journey (Audio CD)
This album is brilliant and was released in October 2005 despite many hurdles which would have brought a lesser band to it's knees. It is strong, heartfelt, upbeat, down-at-heel and most of all it does what it says on the box - it's a musical Journey, and one which I urge you to take at the earliest opportunity. This album is the best few pounds you'll ever spend. But don't just take my word for it take a look at what others have said about the band - 'Amsterdam are incredible' Elvis Costello, 'Genuine greatness' The late great John Peel, '* great band' THEE Mick Jones.

Rhythm: the Complete Countdown Recordings
Rhythm: the Complete Countdown Recordings
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm & Soul, 29 Jun. 2003
I only got to see Makin' Time live once but they were one of the best live acts I have ever seen. This release is long over due and gathers together their debut album "Rhythm & Soul" (which was only ever released on CD in Japan) and their 3 singles which came out on the Countdown Mod label.
It still surprises me that Makin' Time never made an impact on the charts as they were one of the best bands around at the time. This CD is full of great tunes like "Where The Rhythm Takes You", "Here Is My Number", "The Girl That Touched My Soul", "Honey" and a cracking cover of Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up".
I would like to see Big Beat reissue Makin' Time's second album "No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle Guaranteed" as it is even better than "Rhythm & Soul".

Doing Fine
Doing Fine
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Price: £8.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the flame burning!, 28 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Doing Fine (Audio CD)
The InCiters' sound blasts forth like Wilson Pickett's earth-shattering caterwaul; an unwavering testament to the world (and beyond) that soul music out lasts the tempo of time. Rising from the ashes of the early 80's post-punk mod scene, the birth of The InCiters is the brainchild of the members of Santa Cruz soul outfit Durango 95. With the intention of infusing the modern music world with 60s horn propelled, vocally driven Northern Soul.
"Doing Fine" is The Inciters second album and features some great original tracks along side some fantasic covers like "Lay This Burden Down", "Magic Touch" and my favourite "Lean On Me" which was originally an indie hit for the Redskins.
This album is a must for any lovers of Northern Soul.

Redskins Live
Redskins Live
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Price: £42.89

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep On Keepin' On, 9 April 2003
This review is from: Redskins Live (Audio CD)
With The Redskins only ever releasing one studio album this live CD is a welcome addition. The songs were recorded at various gigs during 1985-86 and shows what a great live band The Redskins were.

Neither Washington... Nor Moscow
Neither Washington... Nor Moscow

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flame That Can't Be Dimmed, 9 April 2003
For those of you who have never heard of The Redskins before imagine a mixture of The Jam, The Clash and early Dexys Midnight Runners and you'll get an idea of what they sound like. This was their only album which now looks like a greatest hits package with 6 of the bands 7 singles featuring on it. Personal favourites are "Lean On Me", "Keep On Keepin' On", "Kick Over The Statues" and their biggest hit "Bring It Down".

The Come Ons
The Come Ons
Price: £15.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Top tunes and Hammond grooves, 18 Aug. 2001
This review is from: The Come Ons (Audio CD)
Forget about all the hype surrounding The White Stripes, for my money The Come Ons are currently the best band to come out of Detroit in a long time. If you like bands with a swirling organ sound you'll love The Come Ons debut album. The band sound like a mixture of The Prisoners and Makin' Time. So if you dig top tunes and Hammond grooves this is the album for you.

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