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Time & Charges /Portraits
Genres: Pop, Rock
This Sundazed release features two 1967 LP's on one CD by the hit '60s pop band, with a combined total of 24 tracks, including 'Don't You Care', 'Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song' and 'Mercy Mercy Mercy'). The liner n... more »
This Sundazed release features two 1967 LP's on one CD by the hit '60s pop band, with a combined total of 24 tracks, including 'Don't You Care', 'Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song' and 'Mercy Mercy Mercy'). The liner notes include interviews and unseen photos. Also features the original cover art of each record.
Portraits, one of the classic albums of the sixties
firstname.lastname@example.org | Doylestown, PA | 07/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Portraits" is one of the best, as well as least appreciated, albums of the late sixties. I have enjoyed listening to it, through the years, as much as "Rubber Soul", "Fresh Cream", Surrealistic Pillow", "Pet Sounds" and "Buffalo Springfield Again". A progressive "concept" album it is almost diametrically opposed to the image most people have of the Buckinghams. The hits, "Hey Baby" and "Susan" are totally out of place with the rest of the material on the album which was written by various members of the band. "C'mon Home", "Have You Noticed You're Alive" and "Any Place in Here" are just fabulous! Excellent production by James William Guercio doesn't mask the impressive guitar work by Carl Giammarese. Very strong vocals by lead singer Denny Tufano backed by Marty Grebb,Nick Fortune and Carl. The late Jon Poulos was an excellent drummer. Also on this CD is the "Time and Charges" album which is much more representative of most people's concept of the Buckinghams. It is a very good pop album but not in the class of "Portraits". The Buckinghams always did great covers of Beatles material and "I'll Be Back" shines here.This CD is an incredible bargain. If you like the other albums mentioned in this review you owe it to yourself to give this CD a chance. You are unlikely to be sorry."
A very influential album
R. Sobkoviak | Chicagoland, USA | 10/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Imagine Terry Kath, Robert Lamm, Wally Parazaider, Jimmy Pankow and the other guys who would soon form the band Chicago Transit Authority sitting around listening to "Time & Charges", ideas swirling around in their heads. Imagine Al Kooper, Steve Katz, Bobby Columby and the other guys who would become the band Blood, Sweat & Tears hanging out listening to "Time & Charges". This influential album by the Buckinghams was produced by James William Guercio and features the horn section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Some great tunes came off of "Time & Charges", the Columbia Records debut for the Buckinghams from Chicago's north side. Jim Holvay, probably best known as guitarist for local band "The Mob" (which had a killer horn section), was half of a songwriting duo that had just written a number one song for the Bucks called "Kind of a Drag". Holvay followed up with 2 songs that would appear on "Time & Charges", the hit-yielding "Don't You Care" and "Susan". Other hits from this album include "Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song)" and an adaptation of the jazz favorite "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy".One of my favorite Bucks tunes is found on this long-player, "Why Don't You Love Me". I think this track is one of Dennis Tufano's most convincing moments as a singer. "And Our Love" is another track worth a second listen.Following its release, the producer of this album, William Guercio, would go on to produce the award-winning second album for Blood, Sweat & Tears and the first several albums for Chicago.Had the Buckinghams not been so terribly successful as a pop band, they very well could have gone on to be a band like Chicago or BS&T...one listen to "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" foretells the jazz/rock fusion that might have been. My opinion is if it weren't for this album by the Buckinghams (along with the use of horns on "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Sir George Martin on The Beatles' "Revolver") there would have been no way paved for the jazz/rock fusion that came after it. This is where it all started, and that's a mighty great legacy for the Dennis, Carl, Nick and the rest of the Bucks."
2 great LPs equal one great value!
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 07/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's another review here that tells you why "Portraits" is a great album. So I'll concentrate on why "Time and Charges" is a great album. The Buckinghams Columbia debut sports fresh, irresistable pop classics full of great hooks, great vocals and fabulous James Guercio horn arrangements. The classic singles "Don't You Care" and "Mercy Mercy Mercy" are here along with unforgettable cuts like "Remember", "Why Don't You Love Me" and "You Are Gone". Of special mention are the socially aware "Foreign Policy" and the overlooked novelty, "The Married Life" which along with "Mercy" is the highlight of the album. Gosh, this is good stuff!"