Monday, February 29, 2016

The London Studio Group - 1967 - It's About Time

The London Studio Group 
It's About Time

01. Theme One
02. First Meeting
03. Move And Countermove
04. Je Suis Pourquoi
05. Spring Is For Love
06. The Good Guys
07. Theme One (Small Group)
08. Time Link One
09. Time Link Two
10. Time Link Three
11. Time Link Four
12. Time Link Five
13. Time Link Six
14. Time Link Seven
15. Bass Introduction
16. New View
17. Theme Two
18. First Steps
19. Petal On A Wind
20. Insecurities
21. Nostalgia
21. Theme Two Link

Composed By – Basil Kirchin (tracks: All Tracks), Jack Nathan (tracks: A3, A5, A6, A11, A14, B3-B8), John Coleman (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A7-A10, A12, A13, B1, B2)

I can imagine how this was fairly unique and creative for 1967, but in the grand scheme it's pretty lame compared to stuff Charles Mingus was doing ten years earlier. I also prefer the funky grooves of David Axelrod's work from this same era, or the funkier "library" music that came in the following years. This offers very little in the way of groove. Maybe there are special charms to the tinny recording quality (and crackles), but for a kind of pastoral, serene post-jazz I could turn to the ECM catalog instead and find a lot more depth and personality.



  2. Stuart StudebakerMarch 19, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    I don't understand the dislike for The London Studio Group. I think they were great. Listen to mid-late period Stereolab (basically post Emperor Tomato Ketchup) and you can hear the influence of The London Studio Group - as well as Neu, Astrid Gilberto, Burt Bacharach, The Free Design, and a bunch of other brilliant if unknown bands. Heck - they even wrote a song called "The Free Design". A lot of this may just be "stingers" but if you listen to them as a whole, and examine the chordal content, you can hear Stereolab, Broadcast, and a bunch of other bands that followed - even a weeee bit of the Cinematic Orchestra.

    1. Maybe coz im a huige Axelrod and never managed to get into Stereolab... maybe I should give it a second try... and probably I could have been nicer about this album... it's still better than most stuff that came out that