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Buckinghams, The - 1985 A Matter Of Time

ARTIST: Buckinghams, The
ALBUM: A Matter Of Time
LABEL: Red Label
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Carl Giammarese - guitar, vocals * Nick Fortuna - bass * Dennis Miccolis, John Cammelot - keyboards * Tom Scheckel - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Best That I Can Do * 02 Veronica * 03 More Than Enough * 04 Liar * 05 Can We Talk About It * 06 You Said * 07 A Matter Of Time * 08 Made To Love You


Many of the younger readers here at GLORY-DAZE would have no idea who The Buckinghams are.. or were. However, their parents might. Some will recall the hit single 'Kind Of A Drag' back in the late 60's, where exposure on The Ed Sullivan Show catapulted this Chicago based band of teens into the spotlight. Together along with other bands of that American era such as The Grassroots and the Cowsills, The Buckinghams became one of the most listened to bands on late 60's radio. So what may you ask, is a band like The Buckinghams doing on a site like this? A wee while ago, the aforementioned The Grassroots were reviewed here at GD. The band had navigated their existence into the 80's albeit with a few musical changes and playing a style consistent with the 80's decade. In much the same way, The Buckinghams have followed suit. By 1985, after years of success, and traversing musical styles throughout the 60's and 70's, the band ended up at the foothills of melodic rock. Interesting to note, the band had reformed two years prior, with Giammarese and Fortuna the two mainstays, plus they had signed to Red Label Records, a Cleveland based label that was also responsible for that one-off classic The Innocent - 'Livin' In The Street', also from 1985. Not that 'A Matter Of Time' is in the same league, but an interesting association nonetheless.

The Songs
On this album, the band incorporated much of the musical landscape that was prevalent in 1985, and one in which long time fans derided, simply moving away from their legacy recordings. You can't blame the band for pursuing this direction, and it also demonstrates the melodic tendencies within the band, to release what was essentially an AOR album. It's a likeable set of tunes, that would appeal to fans of latterday Sweet Comfort Band at one extreme, Sugarcreek and Rick Springfield at the other. tracks to stand out include the opener 'Best That I Can Do', the title track 'A Matter Of Time', the edgy and bouncy affair that is 'Liar'. The album generated one single - 'Veronica', but neither this, nor the album didn't fare that well in the charts during 1985.

In Summary
The Buckinghams still tour to this day, and their music can still be heard on all the golden oldies radio stations the world over. 'A Matter Of Time' is not considered a true representation of their extensive discography, however a few old timers might disagree, as some of their earliest works featured some stinging guitar work (listen to one of their 60's hits 'Don't Wanna Cry' for instance). One for the collectors to pursue..

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#1 | Eric on June 24 2007 14:53:35
An old geezer who disliked this record early on, but was and still am a big fan of the band. I didn't care for the keyboard heavy sound or the 80's production, but guess what? In 2007 this doesn't sound all that bad and is somewhat charming. 'Kind Of A Drag'? No. Does it sound like The Buckinghams? Not really, but....
#2 | gdazegod on October 22 2007 11:23:29
I agree Eric. Not an album that I ordinarily would've chased on LP, but glad to have found it and reviewed it in context..
#3 | super80boy on January 04 2014 19:49:05
This album toiled away in the cut out bins right from the start, but for a cheap still sealed price tag (and there is a bunch out there still), this album is worth it for the serious 80's AOR collectors. There are a few worthy highlights that are mentioned in the above review, like the keen-edged 'Liar' and the FM radio geared 'Veronica', but 'You Said' is also pretty good with the same female backing vocal treatment as the title track.
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