Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Attack - About Time! (1966-68)

Biographyby Jon 'Mojo' Mills
The Attack (thanks to an ever growing legion of collectors dedicated to the vibrant sound of mid- to late-'60s Swinging London) have a far larger fan base now than they ever did during their existence. Indeed their unique brand of guitar-heavy, mod-rock qualifies them as one of the finest examples of (the over used term) freakbeat. Hence over the last 15 years there has been an abundance of vinyl bootlegs and inclusions on such psychedelic/freakbeat compilations as Rubble! The founders Richard Shirman (the only original member to stay with the group throughout all of the lineup changes) and Gerry Henderson were originally in a group called the Soul System... Read More...
1 Any More Than I Do O'iList, Shirman 2:06 2 Feel Like Flying (Making It) DuCann 2:37 3 Created by Clive [#] Pattison 2:45 4 Try It Ballack, Levine 2:07 5 Go Your Way DuCann 2:45 6 Too Old DuCann 3:05 7 Colour of My Mind Shirman 2:30 8 Lady Orange Peel Shirman 2:28 9 Sympathy for the Devil [#] Jagger, Richards 4:48 10 Neville Thumbcatch Bain, Smith 3:03 11 Strange House Du Cann 4:10 12 Created by Clive Pattison 2:40 13 Mr Pinnodmy's Dilemma Du Cann 4:27 14 Come on Up [#] Cavaliere 2:49 15 Freedom for You Du Cann 2:36 16 Hi-Ho Silver Lining English, Lancer, Weiss 2:30 17 Magic in the Air (Aka Watch w Du Cann 3:38 18 Anything [#] Shirman 2:08 19 We Don't Know O'iList, Shirman 2:44
Review by Jo-Ann Greene
They were an incredibly hot property at the time, especially in the local London clubs, yet even with two future Nice stars, an Atomic Rooster-to-be, and a member of Marmalade in their various ranks, the Attack failed to breach the British chart. Long gone but far from forgotten, the mods-cum-psychedelic rockers finally get their due with this sumptuous compilation. Amazingly, between the time the Attack first entered the studio in 1966 and their final recordings together in 1968, they shifted their lineup four times. Thankfully, the sleeve notes provide some assistance untangling their convulsive history, with the aid of an interview with frontman Richard Shirman, who also annotates all 16 of the tracks within. The Attack released only four singles during their all-too-brief lifespan, and both sides of all their 45s are included here, joined by a pair of numbers recorded during a BBC radio session and a clutch of unreleased studio recordings. As the songs are not presented chronologically, About Time! has a rather mishmash feel, bouncing willy-nilly around the years and lineups. It's worth pointing out then that the quirky story-song "Neville Thumbcatch" was recorded eight months before Cream's equally eccentric "Pressed Rat and Warthog" hit the shops! The Attack's assault on the scene came from a variety of musical directions that included splashy mod, shiny pop, hefty blues, assaultive rock, and aggressive psychedelia. And perhaps this was a small part of their problem — every time one turned around, the band had a new look and another sound. Still, the talent within their ranks was phenomenal, and with their keen ear for covers, a splendid sense of melody, and their own talents with a pen, the Attack should have won the day. They didn't back then, but the war's not quite over yet.
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