on 26 September 2009
Since the sad passing of Dave Dee then there has been subsequently much playing of 'Boxed'. What is apparent is that DDDBM&T's music had much energy & vitality - very positive sounds. Their 13 UK hits have all been endlessly re-cycled (unfortunately to their detriment) but there was much more to DDDBM&T than just those. Back at the time of release even if it was actually included in Record Collector's 1999 Top 10 Box Sets (which was a fine result), considering that it contained 100 tracks (4CD) with 19 songs of DDBM&T presented for the very first time on CD, then 'Boxed' did not create quite as much interest as one would have expected. Reviews were sort of lukewarm but in a peculiar sort of way as if saying this is brilliant but we can't say it because it would go against the old order. Considering that this is the very first review on Amazon UK for 'Boxed' then it is also quite strange. Though not perfect as there are some flaws with presentation (the cover photo should have been a better choice - more apt & also filled the complete view), that one of the tracks 'If I Believed In Tomorrow' is a demo version) plus a couple of other minor quibbles then this was really a brilliant release showing that DDDBM&T could cover many facets from beat, power pop, hard rock, psych, comedy, harmony, ballads - all with plenty of presence & a real human quality about it all. The songwriting of Howard & Blaikley has for some strange reason never been appreciated in serious circles but there is a real genius about what they did & it is showcased here. Their originality and versatility as well as their mischievous sense of humour remain timeless. Their songs and the DDDBMT performances have stood the test of time much better than other music revered by the 'serious intellectuals'. DDDBM&T also touched on psych & freak beat as seen via 7 of their self written B sides all included here in 'She's So Good', 'Shame', 'He's A Raver', 'The Sun Goes Down', 'Please', 'Still Life', 'Margareta Lidman'. Highlights (not mentioning any of the hits) and in order of time ('Boxed' is done faithfully in true chronological order) then 'No Time', 'Something I Gotta Tell You', 'Hard To Love You', 'Nose For Trouble', 'Over & Over Again', 'Tide Is Turning', 'Time To Take Off', 'Run Colorado', 'Love Is A Drum', 'Tonight Today', 'Gotta Make You Part Of Me', 'Too Much', 'World', 'Everything About Her', 'For The Use Of Your Son', 'Staying With It'. BR Music are to be congratulated for making this happen as it was a huge undertaking on their part. As one of the Harman, Davies, Dymond, Wilson & Amey songs goes then this is too much. Staggering.
on 28 July 2014
If you have got this far, then you are probably a fan of DDDBM&T already. What do you need to know? Well, this isn't a complete recorded history of the band, but it is as near as it gets. All of the tracks are arranged chronologically too, so you can listen as the band develops their style. If you want a large chunk of DDDBM&T's recorded output, then this is a must, with rare and hard to find tracks, B sides and some alternative versions. A lot of DBM&T and Dave Dee solo tracks are also included. I am a very long time fan and have found that this, coupled with the four Repertoire label re-issues of the main albums gave me all of their output in all of the versions that exist, except for the more recent 'comeback' album. I am a completist though!
All in all, 99% of what you want to hear, plus some things you didn't know you wanted! Sound quality is good too.