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This review is from: Beggin' - The Sound Of London's Mod / Club Scene (Audio CD)
The Time Box were formed in 1966, straight out of art school in Southport, Lancashire. Primarily a London based outfit, despite a couple of line up changes and internal issues, the band were constantly making quality music in the late sixties whilst touring all the major establishments in the city, most noticeably The Marquee. Indeed they even toured nationally with The Small Faces at their height, yet this quality band sadly never made an album, and never earned the success that they ultimately deserved.
A big Mod favourite, with this compilation from RPM we finally get the chance to hear what all the fuss was actually about, with a quality array of recordings on offer here from The Time Box.
Signed to the Deram wing of Decca between 67 and 69, they made several releases; however they struggled to gain exposure outside of the club and University circuits. But for a band that seamlessly managed to fuse jazz with Pop with such astounding results, it's difficult to understand how they were so wilfully ignored and overlooked.
With this release I count at least eleven tracks, which will not disappoint in the slightest, and a further sixteen, which would pass as good strong stuff. Why this band never made an album as The Time Box, I will never know.
The stand out tracks include the title track; Beggin' is a cover of a Four Season's song, and they not only do it justice but make the song their own. This song in particular should have at least launched the band into stardom.
If that is not enough, Gone is The Sad Man, the brilliant Girl Don't Make Me Wait and Eddie McHenry will certainly have you in a mini rage about people's misguided ignorance towards this band. That's just four songs by the way; seriously it's no exaggeration to say this is a whole can of gems, which deserves attention from one and all.
The Time Box though came to a form of end in 1969. However they went on to form Patto (named after Time Box's lead singer Mike Patto), that band would go on to release three albums in the 1970's.
But thanks to this Time Box compilation from RPM, their output from the Sixties will never be over shadowed by their apparent glory years of the 1970's, and will indeed highlight actually how good this band really were in their prime, the 1960's.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2010 21:28:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2010 14:35:01 BDT
Why do you refer to them as "The Time Box", am I missing something?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2011 15:09:01 BDT
A. Customer says:
Looking at some old posters for the gigs from the 60s it seems that they were advertised as The Time Box, same with other bands of the era: The Pink Floyd, The Cream etc.
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