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Patto

Artist: Patto
Label: Vertigo
Catalog#: VEL-1001
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970
Tracklist
A1 The Man 6:12
A2 Hold Me Back 4:40
A3 Time To Die 2:54
A4 Red Glow 5:15
B1 San Antone 3:07
B2 Government Man 4:20
B3 Money Bag 10:04
B4 Sittin' Back Easy 3:42
Credits

Clive Griffiths - Bass
John Halsey - Drums
Brian Humphries - Engineer
Tony Benyon - Illustration
Ollie Halsall - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone
Allen Melina - Photography By
Muff Winwood - Producer
Mike Patto - Vocals
Clive Griffiths - Written-By
John Halsey - Written-By
Mike Patto - Written-By
Ollie Halsall - Written-By

Notes

Non-Textured gatefold sleeve
Manufactured and distributed by Mercury Records Production Inc.
Also available on stereo 8 tape VC-8-1001

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hailing from Southport, Merseyside, Timebox was an excellent northern soul band that released a few singles during the mid-to-late 60s to no particular acclaim, other than being one of the few bands of the era to feature a vibraphone. The band did feature two gifted members, vocalist Mike "Patto" McGrath and guitarist Ollie Halsall, and was rounded out with Chris Holmes on keyboards, John Halsey on drums and Clive Griffiths on bass. In 1968, they scored a minor hit with the Four Season's "Beggin'" b/w "A Woman That's Waiting" for Decca Records, rising to No. 38 on the UK charts. However, an album provisionally titled Moose On The Loose remained uncompleted; and by the end of the decade, Holmes had split. Rechristened as Patto, the remaining quartet signed with Vertigo Records, enlisted the talents of producer Muff Winwood and made the switch from psychedelic to progressive. "The Man" kicks off and reveals the band's unique mix of blues and jazz, punctuated by Halsall's sexy vibraphone midway through. "Time to Die" slows the pace, with Mike Patto's coarse but earthy voice pushed to the fore. "San Antone" paces through some chord and time changes before dropping back into a fine swing, propelled by Halsey's hard-hitting drums. "Government Man" contains more of the fine hooks of the Patto/Halsall writing team, but the monster track is "Money Bag." Free jazz without keyboards, the song features Halsall's blistering guitar, contrasted with Griffiths's bass, while Halsey's drumming thrills. Mike Patto eventually chimes in, his fine prose accentuated by the music's dramatic rests. Though the album did not chart, the band's live reputation kept them in play for another record.
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