Feb 15, 2009
BUCKINGHAMS - TIME & CHARGES (COLUMBIA 1967) Japan DSD mastering cardboard sleeve + 4 bonus
The Buckinghams started life in Chicago, Illinois in 1965. They were known as The Pulsations. After winning an audition for television station WGN, the station wanted them to have a more "British" sounding name because of the popularity of the British Invasion. A security guard at the station gave them a few suggestions, one of which was The Buckinghams, which all involved liked.
Soon after a local record label, USA, signed them to record 12 songs which they released as Kind of a Drag. One of the songs was "Kind Of A Drag". The label didn't think much of it, but radio station WLS in Chicago started playing it. It became a big hit in the midwest and soon after was a #1 hit across the U.S. The brass they used on some of the songs became known as "The Chicago Sound." But the label had already dropped them, they had no manager, and Dennis Miccoli had already quit the band. A friend of theirs was a cousin of James William Guercio. Guercio told Columbia Records he would get The Buckinghams to sign with them if he was the producer. Both the group and Columbia agreed and Guercio also became their manager.
Their first album for Columbia was Time & Charges. Much of it had the signature Buckingham sound but a couple of numbers, "And Our Love" and "Foreign Policy", were taken over and heavily orchestrated by Guercio. The group didn't really care too much for them but with the songs "Don't You Care" and "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" becoming Top Ten hits, they weren't going to argue with success.
...After Al Kooper left Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bobby Colomby and Steve Katz said they were heavily influenced by The Buckinghams, who they admired for their mix of soul and their use of horns. With that vision in mind, they hired Guercio who became the manager/producer for Blood, Sweat & Tears. He finalized the original vision he had for The Buckinghams by becoming the producer/manager for Chicago...