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Away with the whimsy.,
This review is from: If Only for a Moment: Expanded Edition (Audio CD)
`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.