Them - Time Out! Time In For Them - 1968 (2003 Rev-ola) Flac
Them's second post-Van Morrison album, even more than their first such effort (Now & Them), grew further away from their mid-'60s style, to the point where there were few audible links to how Them sounded in the British Invasion era. And like Now & Them,
it was an intermittently worthwhile but somewhat characterless record,
reflecting late-'60s trends in album-oriented rock without adding much
to them or innovating paths of their own. It was even more Los
Angeles-psychedelia-influenced than their prior LP, taking the lead of Now & Them's
strongest cut ("Square Room") to explore sitar-laden raga-rock on
several songs. "Time Out for Time In" adds a nice waltz overlay to the
raga-rock sound, but "Black Widow Spider" and "Just on Conception"
frankly live up to the stereotypes of "oh wow!" hippie-trippy word soups
from the era.
So does "The Moth," but at least there some Roger McGuinn-like
vocals and dreamy orchestration add spice. Other songs are competently
done but nonstandout heavy soul rock, with "She Put a Hex on You"
sounding right off the cutting room floor of a 1968 psychedelic dance
rock club movie scene; you can just see the bandana-swathed babe from
central casting gyrating as the strobe lights flash. "Waltz of the
Flies," the best song, is indeed a beguiling psychedelic waltz, and Jim Armstrong's
guitar work throughout is far more instrumentally accomplished than
what you'll hear on many similar albums. Yet the record's not in the
same league as either the Van Morrison-era Them
or the better psychedelic/raga-rock endeavors of the late '60s. The
2003 Rev-Ola CD reissue adds eight bonus cuts (all taken from 45s) of
value to anyone interested in the post-Van Morrison Them,
including the non-LP single "Corinna"/"Dark Are the Shadows," the rare
original single version of the punky "Dirty Old Man" (which is superior
to the one on Now and Them), and the rare original 45 version of "Square Room" (which isn't as good as, and is much shorter than, the one on Now and Them).(allmusic.com)
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