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5.0 out of 5 stars Where the rhythm takes you, 21 Feb 2009
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This review is from: No Lumps Of Fat Or Gristle Plus Demos (Audio CD)
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'.
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