JEFF CHRISTIE Outer Limits/Floored Masters Angel Air SJPCD259 (2008)
Christie made his name in the 70s fronting his band Christie, who had hits "Yellow River" and "Iron Horse". This set details what came both before and after.
Disc One takes in the band Outer Limits, a 60s band, and a whopping 22 tracks (some in demo form). There is some great 60s pop here, often with a west coast feel. "Help Me Please" is the kind of psychedelic rock that influenced a lot of progressive work, and "Great Train Robbery" is nicely orchestrated. Christie here takes on lead vocals, lead guitar and some piano.
Some nice melodies here too, if a little whimsical in places.
The Floored Masters second disc takes in solo recordings from the late 70s and early 80s, when finding solo success, a deal even, was hard for Jeff Christie. Many tracks feature ex Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock. Again, some pop good tunes that are typical of the period, but not something that would set the world alight. Singles "Both Ends Of The Rainbow" and "Tightrope", both perky enough, are augmented by b-sides and another 20 tracks from the aborted album sessions.
The music is good, if not startling, but it's a very complete package, with sleevenotes that include quotes from Christie himself.