Time Machine: A Vertigo Retrospective

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The sheer collectibility of anything on the Vertigo label is one of those peculiar quirks that few people, collectors included, can truly quantify. True, Vertigo was blessed with one of the most compulsive label designs ever devised: a black-and-white swirl that can, indeed, induce vertigo in anyone who looks at it for too long. True, too, the label prided itself in giving voice to talents who might otherwise never have been heard, and wrapped almost every Vertigo album in the kind of ambitious packaging normally reserved for supergroup concept conceits. And one can also be impressed by the label's insistence on defying even the most remote limits of the period's the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The sheer collectibility of anything on the Vertigo label is one of those peculiar quirks that few people, collectors included, can truly quantify. True, Vertigo was blessed with one of the most compulsive label designs ever devised: a black-and-white swirl that can, indeed, induce vertigo in anyone who looks at it for too long. True, too, the label prided itself in giving voice to talents who might otherwise never have been heard, and wrapped almost every Vertigo album in the kind of ambitious packaging normally reserved for supergroup concept conceits. And one can also be impressed by the label's insistence on defying even the most remote limits of the period's the early '70s commercialism, with a clutch of albums that seriously could not have been expected to sell more than a handful of copies apiece. But it is astonishingly unlikely that any single set of ears can truly take as much pleasure from, say, the first album by Affinity as they do the second by Black Sabbath, or who could slip from Keith Tippett to Jade Warrior without undergoing some kind of major cultural dislocation. Which means, of course, that there are a lot of unplayed LPs lying within any sizable Vertigo collection -- and a lot of tracks on this collection that will have you reaching for the fast-forward button after less than a minute. Persevere! Although the three CDs here certainly wander across the Vertigo show, the compilers have done a masterful job. Eschewing some of the more defiantly outré contributions to the catalog mainly the seriously jazz/freeform-shaped ones, Time Machine instead portrays a label that cared dearly for what modern ears would term the "cutting edge" of the early-'70s British prog-folk-post-psych circuit: Colosseum, Juicy Lucy, Clear Blue Sky, Warhorse, and Doctor Z are all here, cut through with a few glimmers of genuine chartbusting inspiration -- Sabbath, Uriah Heep, Alex Harvey, Rod Stewart. Inasmuch as most Vertigo albums are now considered rare reissues from the likes of Akarma and Repertoire notwithstanding, Time Machine is most readily likened to a glimpse inside the most fabulous bank vault in British rock history. But it is also a reminder of a time when the new release sheets were not put together by money-mad automatons, all hoping to make the next round of American Idol. Most of these guys wouldn't even have made the qualifiers for Hit Me One More Time, and more power to them for that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602498279823
  • Catalog Number: 9827982
  • Sales rank: 66,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Kettle - Colosseum (4:27)
  2. 2 Who Do You Love? - Juicy Lucy (3:02)
  3. 3 My Heaven (5:01)
  4. 4 Travelling Lady - Manfred Mann Chapter Three (5:51)
  5. 5 Behind the Wall of Sleep (3:41)
  6. 6 To Play Your Little Games (3:21)
  7. 7 Introduction - Gracious (5:55)
  8. 8 Three Sisters - Affinity (4:59)
  9. 9 Walking On (5:01)
  10. 10 I Don't Know (4:50)
  11. 11 Torrid Zone - Nucleus (8:43)
  12. 12 Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart (3:57)
  13. 13 Nothing at All - Gentle Giant (9:10)
  14. 14 The Influence - Ben (10:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Evil Woman's Manly Child - Dr. Z (4:47)
  2. 2 Borne on the Solar Wind (3:02)
  3. 3 The Man - Patto (6:16)
  4. 4 Thinking of My Life - Juicy Lucy (4:27)
  5. 5 Half Baked (4:43)
  6. 6 For Madmen Only (4:15)
  7. 7 The Lady's Changing Home (4:36)
  8. 8 Time Machine (8:07)
  9. 9 Bring Out Your Dead - Colosseum (4:19)
  10. 10 Mouthpiece - Warhorse (8:44)
  11. 11 Lady in Black (4:44)
  12. 12 Through the Years (4:24)
  13. 13 Midnight Moses - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (4:26)
  14. 14 Lord of the Ages - Magna Carta (10:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Living at the End of Times - Atlantis (9:07)
  2. 2 Life Child (6:37)
  3. 3 MacArthur Park (8:22)
  4. 4 Song for the Bearded Lady - Nucleus (7:23)
  5. 5 Pantagruel's Nativity - Gentle Giant (6:51)
  6. 6 (A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man - Gravy Train (7:12)
  7. 7 Powers of Darkness (3:34)
  8. 8 Paper Plane - Status Quo (2:53)
  9. 9 Little Known - Ian Matthews (2:55)
  10. 10 Let It Happen - Vangelis Papathanassiou (4:14)
  11. 11 Mwenga Sketch (8:36)
  12. 12 The Four Horsemen (5:55)
  13. 13 Spiral Architect (5:31)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
John Field Composer
Manfred Mann Composer
Ozzy Osbourne Composer
Patrick Campbell-Lyons Composer
Dave Greenslade Composer
Ken Hensley Composer
Linda Hoyle Composer
Mike Hugg Composer
Ramases Composer
Warhorse Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Alex Harvey Composer
Bo Diddley Composer
Geezer Butler Composer
Dave "Clem" Clempson Composer
Michael d'Abo Composer
Ricky Dassin Composer
Raymond Davis Composer
Frank Diez Composer
Tony Duhig Composer
Clive Griffiths Composer
Martin Griffiths Composer
Ollie Halsall Composer
John Halsey Composer
Dick Heckstall-Smith Composer
John Heyworth Composer
Jon Hiseman Composer
Tony Iommi Composer
Karl Jenkins Composer
Ian Matthews Composer
Kerry Minnear Composer
Lynton Naiff Composer
Richard Newman Composer
Mike Patto Composer
Francis Rossi Composer
Derek Shulman Composer
Phil Shulman Composer
R. Shulman Composer
John Simms Composer
Bill Ward Composer
Phil Smee Artwork
Costas Ferris Composer
Mark Powell Producer, Liner Notes
Vangelis Papathanassiou Composer
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