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Timebox

The roots of Timebox lay in local band Take 5 in 1965 in Southport, a small northern English coastal town (situated near Liverpool). After a succession of interpersonal incidents, which led to the vocalist quitting, the band was left in disorder. Fellow local act the Music Students (who featured 15-year-old drummer Peter Halsall, a great drummer who was also proving himself on a majesty of other instruments) were facing similar problems. Halsall, Chris Holmes (piano), and Kevan Foggerty (vocals) teamed up with Clive Griffiths as Take 5 and, very soon after, turned professional and headed towards London. Taken under the wing of the George Cooper agency, they were soon working on package tours with the Kinks, the Small Faces, Tommy Quickly, and Lou Christie, as well as striking up a residency at the legendary the Whiskey a Go Go. With two singers leaving (Liggett quit, then Frank Dixon unfortunately contracted tuberculosis) U.S. singer John Henry was drafted in and the band changed their name to Timebox -- an American term for a prison cell. Signed to Piccadilly in February 1967, their debut single, "I'll Always Love You" b/w "Save Your Love," produced by John Schroeder, was released and displayed an early jazz-tinged, soulful talent.

Following this, more turns of fate occurred, with ex-G.I. Henry being whipped back off to the U.S.A by officials and Dean going down with tuberculosis (a spooky repeat). That April, the strictly instrumental 45 "Soul Sauce"/"I Wish I Could Jerk Like My Uncle Cyril" showed the band walking similar lines to Manfred Mann: airing competence but little imagination. Mike Patto, who had played with the Bo Street Runners and the Chicago Line (along with ex-Pretty Thing Viv Prince), joined Timebox after a few illustrious jams and took on a prominent role as vocalist and songwriter. When yet another drummer (Foggerty) quit, things once again went astray; luckily, however, the stool was soon filled by ex-Felder's Orioles' drummer John Halsey. Peter Halsall (now commonly known as "Ollie") was displaying a high degree of aptitude on guitar, as well as regular diversions into the vibes. His trademark sound of both searing guitar and mellow vibes was to the fore in the ensuing records.

Timebox soon became a hot live act. Many who saw them claimed Timebox to be one of the first rock bands in London to really explore jazz in a rock context. A wonderful performance at the Windsor Jazz Festival on August 12, 1967, caught the eye of Decca producer Gus Dudgeon, who immediately signed them to the label's subsidiary Deram. The first 45, a fantastic version of Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises," was backed by the even better Ollie original "Walking Through the Streets of My Mind," which combined sharp blue-eyed soul harmonies with a psychedelic arrangement. The follow-up -- again a classic example of British soul -- was a cover of the Four Seasons' "Beggin" and reached number 38 in the charts. At the sessions that produced the hit, a slew of unreleased material -- some of the band's best -- was also recorded and airs the beginning of the Patto/Halsall songwriting partnership. All of these unreleased songs are compiled on The Deram Anthology and are essential listening for anyone with the slightest interest in quality late-'60s rock. The problem was that even Deram viewed Timebox as a pop band, and so the more experimental songs were left in the can while the silly sing-a-long tune "Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye," written for fun when the band members were drunk, was the next release in March 1969. It's styling was a little too late for the era of novelty psychedelia, and of no interest to the more rock-oriented record buyer; the flip-side, the tough "Poor Little Heartbreaker," would have been a far better choice.

By the summer of 1969, things were turning sour. The final release, "Yellow Van," was a great record and polite enough for airplay, but was banned due to the nature of the lyrics. This really was the end of the road for Timebox who had had a hard time at the best of times. The nucleus of the band merged into Patto, who released three albums in the 1970s. ~ Jon "Mojo" Mills
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Late 60s Mod Hits, Vol. 1

1. Can I Get A Witness

2. Meeting Over Yonder

3. Fortune Teller

4. Beggin'

5. Do I Make Myself Clear

6. I'll Keep Holding On

7. Agent OO Soul

9. Little By Little

10. Circles

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Track List: Northern Soul: The Essential Collection

Disc 1

1. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)

3. Where Did Our Love Go?

4. On The Real Side

5. I'm Living A Lie

7. Agent 00 Soul

8. That's What Mama Say

10. Country Girl

11. I Dig Your Act

13. All We Need Is Another Chance

14. The Real Thing

15. When Love Slips Away

17. Wedding Ring

18. Beautiful Summer Day

Disc 2

1. Think It Over (Before You Break My Heart)

2. In the Bottle

3. Lost Summer Love

4. Landslide

5. I've Got a Feeling

6. Romeo & Juliet

7. Nine Times

8. Beautiful Woman

9. You Baby

10. Ain't No Soul (Left in These Old Shoes)

11. Ton of Dynamite

12. I'll Always Love You

13. Stop What You're Doing

14. Heaven Must Have Sent You

15. She Shot a Hole in My Soul

16. Filled With Desire

17. Check It Baby

19. Hypnotized

20. Ordinary Joe

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Track List: Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond, 1964-1969

Disc 1

1. Making Time

3. I Can Hear The Grass Grow

4. My Friend Jack

6. I'll Keep On Holding On

8. Sorry

9. Imposters Of Life's Magazine

10. How Is The Air Up There?

11. Mud In Your Eye

13. Garden Of My Mind

14. Take A Heart

15. The Life I Live

16. Midnight To Six Man

17. I See The Rain

19. You Stole My Love

20. 1-2-5

21. My Mind's Eye

22. Going Nowhere

23. All Night Stand

24. Wars Or Hands Of Time

25. It's A Sin To Go Away

27. I Read You Like An Open Book

Disc 2

1. Children Of The Sun

2. Save My Soul

3. Desdemona

6. I Must Be Mad

7. Say Those Magic Words

8. Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad

10. Exit Stage Right

11. Gone Is The Sad Man

14. Reflections Of Charles Brown

15. Words Enough To Tell You

16. That's The Way It's Got To Be

18. Walking Through My Dreams

19. You Said

21. Shadows And Reflections

22. Friday On My Mind

25. Fire Brigade

27. Biff Bang Pow

Disc 3

3. Circles

6. Changing The Colors Of Life

8. Crawdaddy Simone

10. It's My Pride

11. Magic Potion

12. You're Driving Me Insane

13. Who Dat?

15. Listen To The Sky

17. Days Of The Broken Arrows

19. Path Through The Forest

20. Love Hate Revenge

21. Pictures Of Matchstick Men

22. The Train To Disaster

23. Sad

26. I Wish I Was Five

27. Glendora

Disc 4

1. Rosalyn

2. Come On

3. The Madman Running Through The Fields

4. How Does It Feel To Feel (US Version)

5. I'm Just A Mops

6. Why Don't You Smile Now

7. Nothin'

9. The Bitter Thoughts Of Little Jane

10. Touch

11. Vacuum Cleaner

12. My Life

13. Bad Little Woman

14. No Presents For Me

15. Bat Macumba

19. Kicks And Chicks

26. Here Comes The Nice

28. When The Alarm Clock Rings

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Track List: The Piccadilly Story

Disc 1

2. Half Of My Heart

3. There I've Said It Again

4. Honest I Do

5. Theme From Z Cars

6. Don't Come Crying To Me

7. Picture Of You

8. The River's Run Dry

10. It Might As Well Rain Until September

11. All Of Me

12. Long Gone Baby

13. Ferryboat Ride

14. Walk Right In

15. Hey Paula

18. Ain't Gonna Kiss Ya

19. He's So Near

20. Tip Of My Tongue

21. Don't Lie To Me

23. He Don't Want Your Love Anymore

24. Is It True

25. Sally Go 'round The Roses

26. Where Did Our Love Go

Disc 2

4. The Girl Who Wanted Fame

5. Baby Do It

10. Take A Heart

12. Leave It To Me

13. That's My Life

14. Why Don't I Run Away From You

17. You Don't Know Like I Know

18. Dear Mrs Applebee

19. Ain't That Peculiar

20. Que Sera Sera

21. Ain't Love Good Ain't Love Proud

23. Run To The Door

24. 98.6

25. I'll Always Love You

26. Almost But Not Quite There

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Track List: The Psychedelic Scene

1. Vacuum Cleaner

3. Red Sky At Night

4. Baby I Need You

5. 14 Hour Technicolour Dream

6. In Your Tower

8. That Man

9. Guess I Was Dreaming

10. Woodstock

12. Secret

13. Meditations

14. A Day In My Mind's Mind

15. Ice Man

16. Love & Beauty

19. Like A Tear

22. Gone Is The Sad Man

24. Dream With Me

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Awesome psychedelic pop band!
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I believe that the Spinners recorded this song also....

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