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Time Gallery - 1989 Time Gallery



ARTIST: Time Gallery
ALBUM: Time Gallery
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 781868-2
YEAR: 1989
CD REISSUE: 2010, EMI (Denmark), EMI 9182002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Patrik de Vee - vocals, bass * Fredrik Bergengren - guitars, vocals * Johan Stentorp - keyboards, vocals * Carl Colt - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Echo Park * 02 Taking The Best * 03 The Promise * 04 Valerie * 05 All I Want * 06 The Letter * 07 Blueboy * 08 Same Kind * 09 No Trace Of Love * 10 I'll Be Gone * 11 Nowhere Land


Background
Alongside Tommy Denander, I'd suggest that this Swedish band Time Gallery have invested many hours listening to the back collection of Toto. You'd think they were a cover band or something, but no, they are not. Superbly crafted melodic rock, with hints of West Coast, and a production of clarity from Keith Olsen. How is it that one of the world's best producers can work with an unknown quantity like Time Gallery then? Well, it was the bands label and publishers who managed to swing a couple of demos past his ear, to the point that he liked it, and Keith committed himself to producing it, even throwing dollars at it. To be honest though, they have a bit of eighties pop thrown in for good measure too, A-Ha, Go West.. that sort of thing. It's tight, infectious, and melodic.


The Songs
They kick things off with the stop/start affair of 'Echo Park'. Probably not the right choice of opener but never mind.. A better choice would have been the infectious 'Taking The Best'. At least people would have known straight away what this band were about. Following on from this pair is the laid back L.A flavoured 'The Promise'. Not difficult to imagine for these guys, considering the style they play. 'Valerie' is a Rick Astley influenced slice of pop, while 'All I Want' continue the parping keys, funky bass lines, and techo drum sound. My favourite moment is the excellent 'The Letter', where a band like Hotel Hunger gets a look in for comparison, then they go high tech on the bonus track 'Nowhere Land' which is a Bourgeois Tagg rip-off.. brilliant.


In Summary
A very good album for it's time, and since followed up by the band with their second effort during 1992 called 'Kaleidoscope', released on the small Black Bird label. Not a lot heard from them since. Again, anyone with any news, drop us a line.


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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 23:20:12
Really nice Westcoast AOR and another criminally underrated one. Very light weight, but the quality is in the songs and this disc has a whole bunch of them. The follow up 'Kaleidoscope' was pretty darned good as well if you get the chance to track that one down
#2 | gerard on November 03 2009 21:43:46
After Time Gallery Johan Stentorp was involved with The Trampolines, which offered quite different music than Time Gallery, more in the acoustic powerpop genre and maybe somewhat reminiscent of Momb, The Rembrandts etc.
#3 | code4 on August 18 2015 14:31:56
Mixed album. Some songs suffer from being a bit too repetive i find whereas there is the odd moment amongst the more pop radio geared stuff that to my ears is insufferable like 'All I want'. Furthermore I do not discover much hook or catchiness to the opener 'Echo Park'. But now i have the negative out of the way, i think that 'The Promise', 'The Letter' and 'Same Kind' would make up 3 truly incredible songs on this album. 'BlueBoy' is also ok. 'Valerie' is quite good for what it is (despite those awfully dated synth chops that appear for a moment before each verse it is undeniably catchy and i find it reminds me of a mix between Bogart Co. and Time Bandits). And i find one of the other best tunes after the 3 I mentioned is the 'cd only' bonus song at the end. I would never sell the cd. The best songs are far too great.
 
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