Jeff Christie - Outer Limits/Floored Masters Post Imperfect

Jeff Christie - Outer Limits/Floored Masters Post Imperfect
Artist: Jeff Christie
Duration: 02:29:36
Genre: Pop\Rock
Release Date: April 7, 2008
Album: Outer Limits/Floored Masters Post Imperfect

Best known as the frontman for early-'70s hitmakers Christie, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Christie's career long predated that band.

In fact, his earlier group, Outer Limits, should have been just as big, if not bigger than Christie themselves. Formed in the dying days of 1963, the band released three singles, gigged incessantly, and took part in the legendary package tour featuring Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, and Amen Corner. Yet they never managed to land a hit or record an album. However the Outer Limits did leave behind a slew of demos before folding in 1968, 22 of which features on the first disc of this two-CD set. An incredible songwriter, Christie penned all the band's numbers, and his strong ear for a pop melody and a way with a catchy chorus is self-evident. Recorded between 1966-1968, the songs are stylistically diverse, encompassing R&B, British Invasion pop, and psychedelia. It's a soundtrack of the age, and while certainly influenced by the stars of the day -- notably but not unsurprisingly the Beatles -- still Outer Limits were no mere copyists, having a sound very much their own. "When the Work Is Through" is one of a slew of standouts, in this case a single that has number one written all over it, although it failed to break into the Top 50.

The rambunctious "Help Me Please" could have been a contender, while "Great Train Robbery" should have shot up the chart along with the acid washed "The Dream." The tough "Anyday Now," the harmony drenched "Funny Clown," the bouncy "Look at Me," the California dreaming of "Dancing Water," and the pumping "Run for Cover" are just some of the other highlights found on this stunning disc. Christie now beckoned, and upon its demise, the singer/songwriter launched a solo career, although his projected debut foundered in the mid-'70s, and a second go begun later in the decade also ended up being shelved.

It was these aborted efforts that comprise most of the second disc, with another half-a-dozen tracks culled from later in his career. The enclosed booklet provides all the background, taken from discussions with the artist himself. Finding himself out of musical fashion, Christie continued doing what he did best, writing strong songs and pushing his own stylistic envelope. "Midnight Express" is a case in point, pomp rock on amphetamines driving straight into the discos. '60s pop infuses "Both Ends of the Rainbow," a surprising punk edge cuts through "Tightrope," jazz, classical, and pop harry "Saints and Sinners," a tinge of funk flutters across "Back on the Boards," and new wave sweeps over "Somebody Else." And while the later numbers are not so adventurous, Christie has yet to lose his touch. All told this is a sumptuous set, and a superb tribute to one of Britain's finest composers.

When the Work Is ThroughJeff Christie2:35
Just One More ChanceJeff Christie3:03
Help Me PleaseJeff Christie2:29
Great Train RobberyJeff Christie3:40
Sweet FreedomJeff Christie2:55
The DreamJeff Christie3:23
StopJeff Christie3:49
Everything I TouchJeff Christie3:10
Anyday NowJeff Christie3:36
See It My WayJeff Christie3:14
Funny ClownJeff Christie2:51
ListenJeff Christie3:19
Paper JakeJeff Christie3:23
Days of SpringJeff Christie2:47
Epitaph for a NonentityJeff Christie3:29
Man in the Middle of NowhereJeff Christie2:21
It's Your Turn NowJeff Christie3:54
Dancing WaterJeff Christie3:08
Look at MeJeff Christie2:43
Run for CoverJeff Christie3:55
Mr Magee's Incredible Banjo BandJeff Christie4:00
Tomorrow NightJeff Christie3:42

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