Below the Belt
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, September 4, 2012
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1975 debut album by the legendary British band. Formed by vocalist Mike Patto and guitarist Ollie Halsall two years after the demise of cult heroes Patto, the line-up of the band was completed by bassist Keith Ellis (formerly with Van Der Graaf Generator, Juicy Lucy and Spooky Tooth) and drummer Tony Newman. Signing to Virgin Records in 1975, Boxer recorded their Below the Belt at the Manor Studio in Oxfordshire. Includes the bonus track 'Don't Wait', B-side of the band's first single. The reissue features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay. Esoteric.
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This album "Below The Belt", (1975), is a rocking affair, mostly excellent stuff overall. The album opens up with cow bell stomp of "Shooting Star", Halsall plays a mean guitar on this track, Their 1st single was "All The Time In The World", "Hip Kiss", is solid piece of rock, with some nice organ work. "More than Meets The Eye", brings to mind 10cc, a tight rocker is "Waiting For A Miracle", "Loony Ali", is British rock at it's best, "Gonna Work Out Fine", is a rolling funky tune, ""Town Drunk", written by Terry Stamp and Jim Avery is a track that says it all about alcohol. The bonus track "Don't Wait", is pure rock for 1975 era rock and roll.
They would make "Bloodletting", in 1976, but it wouldn't be released until 1979, after Keith Ellis and Mike Patto sadly passed away. Excellent little band, should of made it bigger, but rock is a vicious creature.
If you are inclined towards wonderfully underproduced guitar rock from an era when it was starting to get scarce, you should really enjoy this. A lot of Ollie Halsall's best playing, in my opinion. Certainly some of his most energetic. Sit still during "Shooting Star" and you deserve a medal of some sort.
The music itself is well worth 5 stars to me. I gave it four only because I was hoping that the cover would have lost the strategically placed boxing glove by now.