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Album: This Is London
# Song Title   Time
1)    This Is London More Info... 0:03
2)    Goodbye Piccadilly More Info... 0:03
3)    Whatever Happened to Thamesbeat? More Info... 0:03
4)    If Only More Info... 0:03
5)    Big Painting More Info... 0:03
6)    Goodnight Children, Everywhere More Info... 0:02
7)    The Party More Info... 0:03
8)    Stranger Than Fiction More Info... 0:03
9)    (There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool More Info... 0:03
10)    Will Success Spoil Frank Summit? More Info... 0:01
11)    The Chimes of Big Ben More Info... 0:04
12)    This Green and Pleasant Land More Info... 0:05
13)    Here Come the Holidays More Info... 0:03
14)    Three Cheers for the Sun More Info... 0:03
15)    Big Painting (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
16)    Whatever Happened to Thamesbeat? (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
17)    This Is London (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
18)    If Only More Info... 0:03
19)    (There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool More Info... 0:05
 

Album: This Is London
# Song Title   Time
1)    This Is London More Info... 0:03
2)    Goodbye Piccadilly More Info... 0:03
3)    Whatever Happened to Thamesbeat? More Info... 0:03
4)    If Only More Info... 0:03
5)    Big Painting More Info... 0:03
6)    Goodnight Children, Everywhere More Info... 0:02
7)    The Party More Info... 0:03
8)    Stranger Than Fiction More Info... 0:03
9)    (There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool More Info... 0:03
10)    Will Success Spoil Frank Summit? More Info... 0:01
11)    The Chimes of Big Ben More Info... 0:04
12)    This Green and Pleasant Land More Info... 0:05
13)    Here Come the Holidays More Info... 0:03
14)    Three Cheers for the Sun More Info... 0:03
15)    Big Painting (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
16)    Whatever Happened to Thamesbeat? (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
17)    This Is London (Alternative Session Take) More Info... 0:03
18)    If Only More Info... 0:03
19)    (There's A) Cloud Over Liverpool More Info... 0:05
 
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  • Recorded after Ed Ball had left the Television Personalities (he and TVPs leader Dan Treacy had recorded together under a variety of names since 1977; the first Times album was recorded by the pair) and set up a mostly stable band on his own, 1983's This Is London is a far more assured and accomplished record than their charmingly ramshackle debut. Adding Ray Kent, a full-time keyboardist specializing in groovy Vox Continental organ sounds, Ball, bassist John East, and drummer Paul Damien straddle the line between 1966 Small Faces and 1967 Creation, with some Kinks and Who thrown in. The Carnaby Street era is clearly everpresent in Ball's mind, with lyrics and song titles deliberately evoking the days of Julie Christie and Terence Stamp. Ball is not entirely wrapped up in the past, however; "Whatever Happened to Thamesbeat?," a mocking ode to the short-lived mod revival scene in the manner of the Television Personalities' "Part Time Punks," is one of Ball's very best tunes. ~ Stewart Mason
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