TIMEBOX


 

After playing drums in local band The Music Students, with keyboard wizard Chris Holmes, Ollie was persuaded by bassist Clive Griffith to take up the vibraphone and, in 1965, both he and Chris went to London to join Clive in Take Five, which soon became Timebox.

In 1967, Ollie took up guitar and the band acquired the legendary Mike Patto on vocals and, finally, drummer 'Admiral' John Halsey.

Chris Holmes keyboards
Clive Griffiths bass
Ollie Halsall guitar vocal
Mike Patto vocal
John Halsey drums


 

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I'll Always Love You

Save Your Love
Single 10 Feb 1967

With Richard Henry, vocal


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Soul Sauce

Wish I Could Jerk Like My Uncle Cyril

Single 21 Apr 1967


 

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Don't Make Promises

Walking Through the Streets

Single 20 Oct 1967

Mike Patto's first vocal appearance


 

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Come On Up [John Halsey's first appearance]

A Woman That's Waiting

Single Aprl 1968

French only release


 

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Beggin

A Woman That's Waiting

Single 31 May 1968

The backing vocals on Beggin' are Mike, Ollie, and Clive along with Kiki Dee, and the additional percussion was played by Barry Morgan, later of Blue Mink. Chris Homes: Yeh love Kiki. In a reverse situ, Timebox provided handclaps on Billie Davis's euro-hit 'I Want To Be Your Baby' "

John Halsey


 

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Girl Don't Make Me Wait

Gone Is The Sad Man

Single 22 Nov 1968

Gone is The Sad Man has also appeared on numerous UK prog-rock compilations


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Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye

Poor Little Heartbreaker

Single 14 Mar 1969

"Did the Baked Jam Roll originate in that Caff across the road from Club Noreik?. I seem to remember it was a favourite on the menu. Patto said you could always tell whether what you were eating was a main or a dessert by whether it was smothered in gravy or custard. To help your memory, here is a photo of Barnabas (roadie) in said caff, having cleaned-up his jam roll. Nice wallpaper." - David Baxendell 2019

 


 

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Yellow Van

You've Got The Chance

3 Oct 1969


Shapes and Sounds

Orange & Red Beams From The BBC Archives, 1967-1969

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Various artsites.

Timebox tracks included:

Beggin

A Girl Like You

The David Symonds Show 21 June 1968

Stay There

Yellow Van

David Lee Travis 22 September 1969

Shapes And Sounds’ offers their four remaining session tracks from the Beeb archives, which include a beautiful version of their famed ‘Beggin’, a rendition of ‘Yellow Van’ which most definitely puts the single cut to shame, a superb take of ‘Stay There’ and perhaps most importantly, an admirable slice of blue-eyed soul in their cover of the Young Rascals’ ‘A Girl Like You’, which the band never recorded outside of the BBC.

The original CD and VINYL versions are out of print, but mp3 versions are available by kind permission of Nigel Lees


Beggin'

The Sound of London's Mod/Club Scene
2008

 

A Woman That's Waiting

Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye

Barnabas Swain

Beggin'

Black Dog

Come On Up

Country Dan & City Lil

Don't Make Promises

Eddie McHenry

Girl, Don't Make Me Wait

Gone Is The Sad Man

I Will Always Love You

Leave Me To Cry

Love The Girl

Poor Little Heartbreaker

Promises

Save Your Love

Soul Sauce

Stay There

Timebox

Tree House

Walking Through The Streets

Wish I Could Jerk Like Uncle Cyril

Yellow Van

Your Real Good Thing

You've Got The Chance

Buy the Beggin CD NOW!


 

The Deram Anthology

2008

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Earlier complilation by Deram Records. Tracks as Beggin less: I Will Always Love You, I Wish I Could Jerk Like Uncle Cyril, Save Your Love, Soul Sauce , but plus:

Misty

Both the Beggin and The Deram Anthology incorrectly credit Halsall/Patto for Come On Up, which is actually a cover of The Young Rascals song by Felix Cavaliere.

Album liner notes


 

Out-take not included elsewhere

On The Crest Of A Wave


The Original Moose on the Loose

The Original Moose on the Loose album

An arbitrary and incomplete collection of five Deram A and B sides 1976

• Poor Little Heartbreaker
• Gone Is The Sad Man
• Yellow Van
• Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye
• You've Got The Chance
• A Woman That's Waiting
• Girl, Don't Make Me Wait
• Don't Make Promises
• Walking Through the Streets
• Beggin


Moose on the Loose

The Great Lost Album

Moose on the Loose

 

SIDE ONE

• Yellow Van
• Tree House
• Poor Little Heartbreaker
• Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye
• Black Dog
• Country Dan & City Lil

SIDE TWO

• Eddie McHenry
• Barnabus Swain
• Promises
• Stay There
• Timebox
• Gone Is The Sad Man

Produced by Wayne Bickerton [Not to be confused with The Original Moose on the Loose which is a singles compilation.]

The Deram Anthology and Beggin compilations include singles and b-sides plus tracks recorded for the unreleased album. Whilst they form comprehensive documents of the band's recording career, both releases miss the golden opportunity to finally present the intended album Moose on the Loose in its full glory.

The convenience of individual mp3 tracks has robbed us of the sheer enjoyment of listening to 'albums' as complete, flowing bodies of work. So, I have sequenced two continuous 'sides' to create what, in my opinion, is one of the greatest late 60s albums never made. To get the full effect. Set aside two 17-minute sessions to listen to the whole of each 'side' uninterrupted.

All tracks are Halsall/Patto compositions except Country Dan and City Lil and Gone Is The Sad Man - which are Halsall alone.


 

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TIMEBOX I Hold No Grudge Bouton Rouge • French TV 1968


TIMEBOX Come on Up Bouton Rouge • French TV 1968


 

TIMEBOX Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave

I apologise if some things on this site are a little obscure, especially to our non-UK members. Admiral John Halsey was a cub scout in his youth, which is probably where he got this song from. Here he is accompanied by a young Peter Halsall from the 12th Southport pack with their rendition of the Gang Show classic, Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave.


 

 

TIMEBOX Misty

Ollie was just 18 when this was recorded and had been playing vibraphone for only about a year. Pretty remarkable, I would have thought?

TIMEBOX Beggin • Bouton Rouge • French TV 1968


TIMEBOX Come on Up The Big Switch [Film] 1969

"Ollie with his first guitar and an instrumental version of Come On Up. I was hoping this film [The Big Switch. 1968] had been lost and not found, it's so awful. "The guy dancing with the blonde was Stephen Lesk or Lest something like that. He was the manager of the Scotch of St James. They dubbed a different voice onto him I remember. "The whole thing was so amateur. It was a club in Earls Court or The Cromwell Road [The Cromwellian?] can't remember. We did it for free. "Laurie Jay and Stephen convinced us it was a golden opportunity to break into the big time. Nobody in Timebox was writing anything and that's why we did an instrumental version of the Young Rascals, Come On Up. "When it was released it was a double feature with another film called The Sweet Sins Of Sexy Susan. We all went with Eric the roadie to a seedy cinema in Soho and saw it. All the dirty old buggers in there were fiddling with themselves with raincoats on their laps. No popcorn in those days, just tissues." - John Halsey

The Big Switch IMDB


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The Fender Olliecaster


 

timebo x poster from 1966


 


 


 

Animation of all the Timebox appearances from the Melody Maker 1967 - images change every three seconds.
CLCK TO ENLARGE


 


 

Friday 9th August

8.45 - 9.15 pm TIME BOX


 

Cheeky bit of plagiarism by Plexi 3 from 2009


 

Smile were the pre-Freddie version of Quenn. The lead singer was Tim Staffell. He was previously in Morgan with Morgan Fisher, who, of course, has a close connection with Ollie. Moreover, Morgan played keyboards on Queen's 1982 European tour. How many degrees of separation?


 

"Laurie Jay employed the services of a publicist, and he used to make things up to get us press coverage. [Elaine:] I remember your Dad phoning up saying, "I didn't know Johnny was going to Russia!" Yeah, and we'd been caught up in the French student riots."

John Halsey


 



 

Timebox set list 1968


 

Melody Maker • 6 September 1969

I asked [Charlie Watkins] what was the best sound he'd ever heard from one of his systems, fully expecting him to name Pink Floyd, who became probably the biggest users of WEM equipment and who had proudly included their WEM PA as part of the sonic payload depicted on the rear of the 1969 Ummagumma album. But that wasn't his answer at all. "No. Mike Patto's Time Box should have had that reputation, because they used to do magic with it — later they became Patto, a Roundhouse sort of band..."

Gary Cooper Sound on Sound magazine 2015


 

The appearance on Colour Me Pop was 7th December 1968


 


 

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Admiral' John Halsey & 'Professor' Chris Holmes
Cambridge 1997

© Barry Monks


 

 

Unfortunately, not a real sleeve, although this should have been the A-side

Timebox publicity leaflet. Clive Griffiths: Cello?


Cartoom by Eddie McHenry - immortalised in the Timebox song. Presented to Mik Glasser in 1970

An Afternoon in the Drawing Room


 

One of my best Timebox memories: My roommates and I decided to throw a party and it was going along splendidly until the record player started acting up. There were various versions of who of Timebox were actually in attendance at the party; since I am the last surviving member of the four of us, I will go with my own version, as I distinctly remember Mike and Ollie sitting on the steps of our "sunken" living room that night (no Chris, no Clive) looking rather exhausted as they had just come from playing a gig someplace. The music stopped and everyone was sort of at a loss to deal with the quiet. Quick as a flash Ollie ran out to the van and within minutes the music was once again happening. I have no idea what he did but whatever it was, it worked. However, the lowest volume was approximately 14-1/2. I was sure that we would be deported or at least ticketed (it was, after all, St. John's Wood) but when I looked out the window there were people dancing in the street and suddenly our small party had become a huge block party, thanks to Ollie's ingenuity. I found out later that we had emptied out the pub around the corner and half the houses in the neighbourhood. Good music played loudly will do that. The next morning several of my albums had disappeared and I was most upset that my Tim Hardin Live in Concert album was one of the missing. It always struck me as ironic that the next Timebox single turned out to be Don't Make Promises, with the arrangement sounding unusually similar to the live version on my purloined album. Oh well."

Patricia Olkiewicz 2017


Further reading

Play the Perfect Fool

Timebox Family Tree

Babe Ruth

Filey Bay 1968

Traveling Show

Kidderminster

Admiral Halsey

This Wonderful Life

BBC Radio One Appearances

Tmebox on the Road


 

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