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If Only for a Moment
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Two years after their brilliant pop-psych debut, 1967's We Are Ever So Clean, Blossom Toes unleashed this extraordinary fusion of acid rock and prog, emphasizing how far they'd come since the summer of love. Characterized ... more »
Two years after their brilliant pop-psych debut, 1967's We Are Ever So Clean, Blossom Toes unleashed this extraordinary fusion of acid rock and prog, emphasizing how far they'd come since the summer of love. Characterized by complex song structures and memorable guitar solos, and featuring a guest appearance on sitar from U.S. folkie Shawn Philips, the album has gone on to become a major cult favorite. Heavily bootlegged over the years, this is its first official reissue. Produced with the band's full involvement, it comes with seven bonus tracks, encompassing non-LP singles, demos, out-takes and live performances, as well as a full-color 12-page booklet incorporating many rare photographs and a comprehensive band history, as well as an introduction from the band's leader, Brian Godding. Sunbeam. 2007.
Now this is classic rock...Excellent obsure gem from 1969!
Thomas Muckinhaupt | Erie, PA United States | 07/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blossom Toes was a band I discovered by accident in a used record store. I bought what turned out to be a bootleg copy of an album that has become a favorite of my since I heard the explosive opening cut, Peace Loving Man. Even the noisy pressing couldn't hide the fact that this is as good a psychedelic hard rock album as anything a major band could have accomplished, especially when compared to Led Zeppelin, Cream or any of the other heavyweights of that era. Progressive song structures, excellent twin guitar interplay, and unpredictability make this album a true classic. "Love Bomb" is possibly my favorite tune, a 7 minute tale of how greed and war affect us all- the lyrics truly are timeless. This album, reissued for the first time since an early 90's Japanese pressing, sounds wonderful due to the excellent remastering and has bonus tracks as well. A very worthwhile purchase for any rock fan looking for a classic rock album that truly delivers on all levels."
Second masterpiece of this british gem in two years!!!!
PortugueseMusicFan | Porto, Portugal | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the delightful debut "We Are Ever So Clean", the Blossom Toes changed their naive-side and became a remarkable underground act with tighter arrangements...The avant-garde experimentalism is still intact and the lyrics reflecting the social buried-dream of the sixties coda are so perfectly ecclectic like little else in psychedelic-rock, yet not inaccessible...The magnificient spooky intro of "Peace Loving Man" and the linked "Kiss of Confusion" is so enduring in my memory as the first time I heard this, always discovering new things (new sounds) in these well-crafted songs; the fine "Listen To The Silence", an answer to Paul Simon's "Sound of Silence" delicacy (?) and the stunning couple of extended tracks, "Love Bomb" and "billy Boo The Gunman" or the sitar-driven joy of "Just Above My Hobby Horse's Head"... A CLASSIC!!! To everyone with an appetite for psychedelic music, this is a MUST (a nice pair!!!With "We Are Ever So Clean"!!!).
William R. Nicholas | Mahwah, NJ USA | 12/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jesus. What were these guys taking between albums? Their first, We Are Ever So Clean was quintesessential psychadelic whimsey brit pop, with all the post-Pepper trimmings.
If Only For A Moment is a COMPLETELY different story. This has some of the hardest rock of the era. "Peace Loving Man" rocks as hard and the riffs slam as heavy as anything of Led Zeppilin II. "Billy Blue" has knotty clusters that pre-date Physical Grafetti by six years.
Blossom Toes have some more subtle, jazzier material here, and also work with art rock time changes that were moving through the underground of the late 1960s English rock scene.
Both this band's albums are great, but for entirely differant reasons. Get both. It is like getting two bands for the price of one."