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Album Review

Unlike many similar bands, the Vinyl Kings are at least upfront about what they're trying to accomplish. This seven-piece band is unapologetically obsessed with the pop music of the era roughly between 1963 and 1971, and their second album is a hodgepodge of lifts from the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and all the rest. (There's also a strong resemblance to classic-era Electric Light Orchestra in spots, mostly because Jeff Lynne himself was so enamored of the same pop music era.) Thing is, because the Vinyl Kings don't pretend to be anything other than a bunch of middle-aged Beatles fans who don't care about any music released after 1981 — the lyrics of several songs, most notably "'67 (Home)" and the title track, are about this very obsession — then it's possible to enjoy Time Machine for what it is: catchy, tuneful pop music of very little substance. It's only when contemporary bands try to "update" or "re-imagine" this brand of '60s pop that the results get truly tiresome; Time Machine is so unashamed of its tribute-band intentions that the unpretentious charms of the songs come through more strongly.

Customer Reviews

The best group you've never heard

I was wrong...there IS still a group that puts as much talent, heart and care into an album as the Beatles and Brian Wilson did in the mid-60s. Time Machine sounds like a collection of remastered, undiscovered songs from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and even Marvin Gaye (Pray for Peace). If you check out the Vinyl Kings website, you'll see they've played and recorded with just about EVERYbody. They make the kind of records they used to love to hear, and they're the best thing I've found in a very long time. "Sycamore Bay" is a perfect Beach Boys homage, complete with a nasal Mike Love-ish presence. "Mr. Greedyman" sounds exactly like mid-period Beatles with a Lennon-style lead vocal. I could go on, but every track is a polished gem, a record like they don't make any more. Also check out their first album, A Little Trip, which is ALL Beatley-sounding.

These guys rule!

Working in the electronic media it's always so refreshing to hear such a group of talented musicians putting out QUALITY music. This band is all of that and then some. Yes it mixes touches of the Fab 4 and the Beach Boys but it is a sound all their own. And these guys pull it off better than anything I have ever heard. I can't wait to see what the Vinyl Kings have in store for us on the next go round! -Brian Pearson / Deacon Grooves Media

If you like Jeffery Foskett, XTC, The Wondermints and every other Beach Boys/Beatles immitator...

I love this band so much. The best 60's influenced power pop I've heard in a long, long time.

Time Machine, Vinyl Kings
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Dec 30, 2004

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