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If Only for a Moment
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2010
`The Toes' as they're no doubt known in certain quarters were a band that straddled the divide between psychedelia and progressive rock by dint of the fact that they progressed from the former stage to the latter. The point isn't profound but it is summarised by the difference between this album and the earlier `We Are Ever So Clean'

`If Only For A Moment' catches the progressive wave. For all the musical differences between this album and a lot of Family's output both bands shared an ability to take in all sorts of influences even while they carved out identities that were entirely their own. The multi-faceted `Billy Boo The Gunman' is a case in point in this regard, while not even `Love Bomb' a title under which a lot of bands might have worked only brow-furrowingly earnestly, is lacking a trace of irony.

But for all that there's nothing of the whimsical about `Indian Summer' which is the work of a band right at home with its evolving musical identity. The deft interplay is never showy either, but then it couldn't be in a band as road-tested as these boys were.

So this one's a must for anyone who thinks the latter half of the 1960s is one of the most fertile periods in popular music. That might sound like a case overstated, but rest assured it isn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2008
I first heard this album on a cassette lent to me by a friend. There were no details on it...no band name , no tracks. I put it on one day fairly absent mindedly....Well, my reaction was, "what the hell is this?". I've listened to a fair bit of stuff over the years but I didn't have a clue as to who it was. Listening to the lyrics I guessed at the titles of the songs and after a short search on the internet...voila! Blossom Toes."Never heard of them" I thought to myself. Still , I found the album fascinating mainly because it's so hard to define. Sometimes it bludgeons you with heavy guitar riffs , then it goes all introspective and occasionally whimsical. The lyrics are of the time...Peace and the problems of the world but done it a uniquely weird way. I can easily see how it failed to chart in its day. It's just too earnest , too weird, too eclectic. I love it. The sounds are wonderfully retro...the sort of fantastic production that you just don't hear in these days of super duper recording facilities...fuzzed guitars....deep warm bass...great drum sounds..vocals that sometimes sound like Capt Beefheart or Edgar Broughton, sometimes much more intimate. Yes I can see how for some it's a disaster but for me , it's a fantastic bonkers disaster!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2011
Oh buying If only for a moment again after over 40 years was such a blast !! This album was never off my turntable after i got it. Amazingly it still sounds terrific.If you love hippy stoner rock this is a must buy. The twin lead guitars lend a Wishbone Ash vibe at times and some of the tunes have great hooks .The re mastering is top class- the overall sound detailed and punchy . Highlights Listen to the silence and Peace loving man . Only disappointment is the bonus tracks -a selection of outtakes and a single and a live track which is appalingly recorded. Overall though this is a5* re issue.Oh and EXCELLENT sleeve notes and artwork!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2013
I have been looking for this album for forty years. My room-mate and I used to rate a recording of Kiss of Confusion from a John Peel session as one of the best. We both bought we are ever so clean independently, and were bitterly disappointed. So I was rapt to get this limited production of If only for a moment.
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on 11 November 2011
I bought this album when it was released in 1969. Hardly anyone I knew had heard of Blossom Toes, but my friends were impressed when they heard the record. I still have it, but alas in very crackly form! I've always remembered Blossom Toes and this album in particular as a lost gem of the era. Some of the lyrics are a little pretentious, as was common among many "underground" bands, but the music still sounds fresh and inventive to me.
It's one of the glories of our present age that almost anything from the past few decades is available, if not as in this case on physical CD, then on You Tube and the like. It was through idly looking on You Tube that I realised that both the Blossom Toes albums have been re-released and that they have a following among people too young to have heard them first time around.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Released in 1969 , If Only For A Moment is the Blossom Toes second album .Their first "We Are Ever So Clean " was a flinty but enjoyable portion of British psychedelia but their second album see's the band take on more progressive and grungier tendencies .The four piece band had two rhythm and lead guitarists (Brian Goulding and Jim Cregan ) and three vocalists (the aforementioned two plus bassist Brian Belshaw, the drummer was Barry Reeves).This leads to some fascinating interplay and harmonising but also means the music tends to be over elaborate at times -"Indian Summer" even reminds me of Spinal Tap on occasions -but overall the album is a laudable mixture of bluesy acid rock with a west coast psychedelic timbre.
The music recalls Captain Beefheart , Wishbone Ash , Frank Zappa, and even early Led Zeppelin to these ears but tracks like "Just Above My Hobby Horses Head" evokes the Beatles with it's plangent sitar courtesy of US folkie Shawn Phillips. Poli Palmer adds flute ,percussion and that sixties staple vibes on several tracks. It's certainly complex music , with intricate interwoven guitar lines and like I said it can be a little too fussy at times but on tracks like "Peace Loving Man" , "Wait A Minute" and "Listen To The Silence " it all gels very nicely and the lyrics about the usual late sixties things- social unrest, anti war bluster, and why cant we all just live together nicely aren't too toe curling.
This edition is expanded with a informative booklet and extra tracks. The single "Postcard" pre-dated this album and is infinitely poppier -like that debut album and is a bit of a relief after all the convoluted material on the album proper." Everyone's Leaving me Now" -a B side -is a tremendous jazz inflected number but "Ever Since A Memory" and "Nobody But" are demo's and should have remained so. Un-released single "New Day" featuring label mate Julie Driscoll and Reggie King on vocals is a tad overwrought with multi-banked voices and some hideous caterwauling yet I still quite like it.
This album was a much sought after rarity and it's easy to see how certain people would find it an intoxicating work but overall it falls short of classic status for me. The playing is exemplary , particularly the guitar work ,but the song writing is patchy and it does sound rather dated at times. If Only For A Moment is an easy album to admire but a much harder one to love .You should hear it but is more likely to have you nodding sagely than gushing like a overheated chocolate fondue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2008
Once heard it will be your constant companion for life. A classic, not just of the psyc-into-prog genre, but of guitar based rock in general. Unforgettable!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2008
Fantastic to be able to get this on a cd at last.If only there were more!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2014
Guys.Come on you've got to be joking.I reckon I've got a fairly wide ranging love for psychedelic music and it's many relatives. I can appreciate stuff that's dated, a little contrived(arguably part of the charm of "Nuggets" ),and a bit amusingly quaint.I bought this in this spirit,but it fell flat on all counts.
To my ears this irony-free LP has all of those attributes, but is almost entirely lacking in charm. If I saw the band being interviewed these days, and laughing about their feeble attempt at the contemporary classic sound of their peers, it would be no surprise, and to be honest would be the only thing to make me feel any forgiveness.
What do they care what I think? Enough of you love this album.
For those of you who approaching this for the first time with the same curious optimism as me-you have been warned.
These guys think "gold-plated" is something to boast about ("Love Bomb" lyric).It isn't-and the only nuggets here are made of fool's gold..
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2008
I would rate the Aug 1969 original album (8 tracks 44 minutes)as a one star affair - one of the worst of the year. a Heavy prog album in dullest unison riff power trio style, though they were a four piece. Non psychedelic and one of the dullest albums to emerge in the UK in 1969, though very a la mode of the way the London scene was changing then. SQ is decidedly poor. No similarity whatsoever to the very psychedelic well produced minor classic 1967 album We Are Ever so Clean.
However the Re-I adds 32 minutes of mostly new material from 68 & 69, that would constitute a 3 star item in its own right - the bonus tracks being a much more diverse and interesting batch of songs than the original album. The demo of Peace Loving Man is particularly good - with far better dynamics than the album version - it would sit well along side Twentieth Century Schitzoid Man in a compilation. So check out the 7 bonus tracks if you get a chance.
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