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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In Circles (8:34)
2. J.L.T. (5:44)
3. No More White Horses (8:35)
4. Morning (21:14)
Bonus tracks:
5. Questions And Answers (5:17)
6. CD (7:01)
7. In Circles (9:07)

Total Time: 63:32

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Line-up / Musicians

- Keith Cross / guitars, keyboards, harmony vocals
- Peter Dunton / drums, lead vocals
- Bernard Jinks / bass guitar, harmony vocals

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Originally released by Decca in 1970, Reissued by SPM in 1992 with 3 bonus tracks

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4.04
(102 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(42%)
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Review by Trotsky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars When I hear the opening crashes of In Circles, I get a thrill and it barely lets up throughout the course of this excellent album as the power prog-trio expand on the psychedelic and jazz-rock tendencies of Cream (with liberal splashes of orchestrated symphonic prog) to create that rare and beautiful object ... a masterpiece of progressive rock. The aching tone of Dunton's limited vocals work perfectly with the compositions (he is after all credited with having written all the songs!), although T2 can really mix it with the best of them. T2's remarkable gift is that their songs sound so fresh that one almost takes them for impromptu jams, and yet they are way too skillfully executed and structured to have been (although Keith Cross does actually play the odd "bum-note" or two on No More White Horses!).

In Circles in particular is an example of T2 applying the restraints on its own fury and then eventually letting Cross' abundant talent loose. His fiery playing puts in the Paul Kossoff bracket of special guitarist who shone brightest in their mid teens. The piano-led J.L.T introduces Dunton's propensity for writing unforgetabble melancholy melodies and its outstanding, orchestrated deceptively-timedoutro is one of my favourite "subtle" moments in all of prog.

And then we have the latent power of the intro of No More White Horses which really is a thing of beauty (even if it is here that Cross stumbles in his frenzied opening solo). The melody of the song itself is bewitching. When Dunton goes "someone is sitting there" it's like a release and as for the sudden silence after the chorus ... it's perfection! Cross's superbly-constructed blues solo that moves from ice to fire, and the ominous conclusion that echoes J.L.T.'s with piano, brass and strings giving it an epic feel all go towards making this one of my favourite ever songs.

But still the ultimate statement of intent has to be the 21 minute-long Morning. I can't think of a 20 plus minute prog track that flows more naturally than this one. It begins with a simple acoustic guitar strum and another melancholic Dunton melody ... "to a sky that answered not at all" ... but the boys soon take off on an astral blues-rock jam, full of twists and turns, there's a "bridge" 6 minutes in, a sound effects-laden section, a third vocal section that comes in around about the 12 minute mark that is jazzier and rockier than its predecessors, there are hints at a jazz-waltz and yet another majestic brass-heavy outro! Frequently sublime stuff.

The three bonus tracks that come with the SPM re-issue also add real value to this already amazing record. Questions And Answers is more of a slow-burning blues, but T2 have too much energy to let it be ordinary, and in fact Cross's soloing is some of his best although I prefer his regretably brief first solo to the lengthy second one ... his third isn't bad either!). CD tricks the listener with a meandering jazz- inflected intro before launching into a fiery Hendrix-like work, although the melancholy chorus is all T2, please note that somewhere between the power chords there lies a brief, excellent Baroque exchange between Cross and Jinks. The alternate version of In Circles is also power-packed, but even rawer than the studio original with some dodgy vocals from Dunton dragging it down, but an excellent jam that occupies the last third of the song that is spacier and less focused than the studio original, makes it a worthy addition.

All in all, this is one intoxicating, seamless album that is classic progressive rock at its least pretentious. ... 90% on the MPV scale

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Posted Friday, December 16, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars Along with Clear Blue Sky and Bachbendel, T2 has enjoyed the status of true and forgotten gems of early 70's hard progressive rock, and like the other groups mentioned, their specialty is a hard guitar dominated rock with plenty of riffs. Another similarity between the three groups is that all members were particularly young at the time of recording, particularly guitarist/composer Keith Cross just being 15 or 16. Needless to say that the vinyls (of all three groups) fetched small fortunes until the records received a Cd issue in the mid-90's.

What we have here is a power trio that was so common from the Cream/JH Experience days, where the guitar plays the main role, but Cross also handling whatever KB parts present on the album. Drummer Dunton (no slouch at his instrument either) handles also the vocals (which are nothing out of the ordinary) and bassist Jinks provides a solid base to work upon. Needless to say that with the perpetrators being so young, this disc is not perfect and sometimes-downright na´ve, but the results are truly impressive for novices such as them.

Opening track is a sizzling guitar-dominated lenghty hard-driven 100MPH track with great riffs (early Frank Marino style) and wild drumming underlining the semi improvised solos. The second track JLT is actually a showcase for Cross's keyboard works, he has quite a palette of them at hand and again, the results are surprisingly good. But the real highlight is No More White Horses - a track that was covered (and completely rekindled T2's legend) by Landberk in their first album (English version) - is close to being a masterpiece of its genre and it alone being worth the price of the Cd re-issue and is ending in total chaos.

Side 2 is made of one sidelong track, Morning, starting out as an acoustic, but slowly evolving into a frenzied hard rock track somewhere between Budgie, Wishbone Ash and Cressida. There are some lengths in this epic and it is overstaying its welcome just a tad, but this is a minor remark.

If you are now in your fourties and discovered this some 10-12 years ago, you should find this a rather good album, but nothing worth yelling over the rooftops its merits. If you are younger, chances are that your natural enthusiasm will make you love this beyond what normal wisdom should allow, and if you are contemplating investigating the album, beware of its rather overdone reputation. A good solid small gem, maybe but hardly a cornerstone either.

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Posted Friday, February 10, 2006

Review by Finnforest
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3 stars The lost love child of Caravan and The Stooges?

Ferocious and chomping at the bit one moment, mellow dreamy passages in the next. It is in those dreamy vocals and nimble lighter moments where I am reminded of certain Caravan tracks, but before one gets too lost in hippie vibes the guitars will blow through your wall with Stooges attitude. Then some bluesy riffs will bring Alvin Lee and Ten Years After to your mind. Boomland is a decent enough hard rock album but I think its reputation is actually a bit more impressive than the work itself. This is not so much progressive as it is bluesy hard rock and I have to borrow a sentence or three from our own Reviewer Asyte2c00 who says it very well: "just because this album has a side-long epic does not make this a progressive rock album. It is simply a guitar driven, blues rock oriented jam. The blistering solos, courtesy of Keith Cross, are fast, and precise, but is nothing that I haven't heard before."[Asyte2c00] While I also agree with his 3 star rating I do believe many hard rock fans will love this album.

"In Circles" is the blistering opener and sums up everything about T2, full of "Immigrant Song" power and immediacy. Certainly a good song although Keith Cross is no Jimmy Page in my book, he has the power but lacks the emotional character in his leads. The song drags for too long with a fairly repetitive riff. Every garage band you knew growing up in your town had their own version of a hard jam like this, it's just not as stunning as some make it out to be. "J.L.T." is the shortest track and ironically the best song on the album. Here T2 puts more effort on songwriting than on trying to impress you with their crunchy chords. Starting with acoustic guitar and some very nicely done piano the song is more laid back and plaintive. It builds slowly but effectively showing some real dramatic development, building tension, then returning to the familiar piano melody. Some horns are added to the end that remind me of Caravan again. Great song! "No More White Horses" is the second best track with two main sections. One is another balls-to-the-wall jam with a Sabbath heavy riff that drives propulsive guitar and drum explosions. The other main part has a more laid back feel with horns, acoustic guitars and vocals. The piano is used effectively again at giving the song more depth. "Morning" is a full side-long epic beginning with acoustic guitars followed by well behaved bass and then nice vocals. Soon the drums and e-guitar are pushing things to the next gear. Over the course of next 20 minutes you are essentially on a jam roller-coaster that would make Cream turn their head and say "eh, who's that playing mate?" I enjoy it to be sure although to play devil's advocate I would like to hear more questions from the material. It's certainly confident but after listening to Melos the last few days this song lacks the prog mind-blow I want when a song demands 21 minutes of my time-the playing is unquestionably good but I want more than what I can get from any good hard rock album from that decade. It's a nice try but if you compare "Morning" to another epic of the period like "Nine Feet Underground" it becomes obvious which track is a wannabe.

Really a very solid album for those who love hard rock in the acid-guitar school, fans of the mentioned groups along with Zeppelin, Cream, and Hendrix fans are not going to be disappointed with this purchase. And for people who already like this, I have another suggestion: find an album called "Midnight Sun" by a band of the same name on this website. My prediction is that album will curl the toes of T2 fans-not that it sounds like T2 necessarily but sure shares the spirit. It's a lost gem of the highest order and a better album than this.

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Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Review by UMUR
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3 stars I read in a previous review that T2 was a mix of early prog rock and the rawness of The Stooges. Let me add to that mix Black Sabbath like riffing and we have a pretty original cocktail here.

It┤ll all Work Out in Boomland is a very guitar driven affair which is pretty unusual in prog rock, but T2 is not your every day prog rock band. All melodies and soloes are played by the guitarist Keith Cross. I really love his raw and unpolished style, which sometimes remind me of Toni Iommi on the first Black Sabbath album. T2 is not nearly as heavy as Black Sabbath though, even though they come close at times. Some strange things have found their way into this album, and I┤ll have to mention that in both J.L.T and No More White Horses the keyboard ( which is only present shortly) plays a melody that sounds like the tune from M.A.S.H ( It┤s kind of funny).

One thing that brings my excitement down though are the vocals. I think they are too unremarkable. They don┤t stand out in any way.

I think everyone in this site should give this a chance as there are some really fine moments on this album, but with that said, I┤ll only give this one 3 stars, as I think T2 lacks in some places. First of all a really good vocalist. But it┤s an album I always enjoy listening to and frequently do.

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Posted Thursday, December 27, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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5 stars Gosh!

As soon as you have heard the first notes from "In Circles" the gorgeous opening number of this album, there is no doubt that the "experience" will be quite interesting. This long track is a truly a wild stuff, but at the same time it has rounded edge, mostly thanks to fine vocals.

In terms of "experience", no need to add that the magical shadow of the master (Hendrix) is floating during this incredible song. It is a highlight of this album and an amazing kick off.

To be honest, "T2" is also effective while they decide to record sweet and psychedelic rock ballads. Keyboards add some prog touch indeed to "J.L.T.

Another excellent track is "No More White Horses". It opens again with a furious guitar solo, not alien to Jimi or Clapton. The psychedelic feeling remain through the peaceful vocals. The whole is a fabulous trip (I bet you) through a remarkable song: the hypnotic bass play provides an hypnotic riff during the instrumental parts and what to say about the guitar work from Keith Cross? Simply brilliant I guess. "No More White Horses" is a superb track and another highlight.

The epic "Morning" is a perfect digest of the whole album.

It starts very smoothly, almost as "J.L.T." and evolves brilliantly into hard to heavy territories on such a fantastic crescendo scheme. All this being covered with the smooth vocals from Peter Dunton who brings a sense of sensibility and tranquillity amongst these hard sounds.

OK, it might be a little long (just over twenty-one minutes), but I'm just found of this type of music (the Hendrix syndrome again). It is a vibrant return to these late mid sixties full of excesses but so important for the further development of rock music.

This song is a great combination between heavy and tranquil parts. It is really moving while Dunton sings. Some solid soloing are dispersed all along this long track and keep the interest of this song pretty high during the whole length of this fabulous number.

The CD release comes with three bonus tracks which are a great complement to the original release. Same and great Hendrix filiation during both "Questions & Answers" and the jazzier "CD".

I like the former one in particular which could have sit perfectly on the original album. The same fine atmosphere can be felt (vocals, riffs and beat). It almost starts as the Jimi version of Hey Joe but quickly leans towards a huge guitar solo again. This is one of my favourite song from this album (but almost each one is so fine).

"CD" is more of a jam "experience": no doubt that you will be captivated by these musical moments which reminds me furiously of "Voodoo Chile". And the demo version form the opening track of this great album is such a fine way to loop the loop.

This little known band produced A HUGE album which is an extremely good picture of the late sixties/early seventies hard-psychedelic music. I am emotional giving the masterpiece to this album which is not so hard to find hopefully (some 10? on Amazon's marketplace - France).

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Posted Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Avestin has been promoting this album for a while now, and when I mentioned it to Tom Ozric he couldn't contain his enthusiasm for it saying it was a 5 star album. So I went into this hopeful but also thinking about how many times i've been disappointed by similar circumstances in the past. Well I was quickly blown away by the sheer power and inventiveness of this trio, nevermind the astonishing guitar work of this teenage prodigy named Keith Cross. The thing is i'm even more impressed by the drumming of Peter Dunston who ranks up near the top of the heap for me as far as favourite drummers go. He's absolutely incredible ! It's hard to believe this band didn't become famous until you read how "Decca Records" held back the distribution of this album purposely out of spite. They had T2's debut album produced by one of their own because they were in a dispute with the band who wanted a really raw sound like when they played live, this is not what the label wanted hence their own producer. Well the band made some compromises and so did the producer. The final result pissed off the label so much they fired their own producer, and many fans who heard T2 live could not find their album for sale anywhere. Ahhh politics. I like the story of when the band played the Marquee Club and John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix were both hanging around backstage. These guys were killer live and there was a huge buzz about them. Unfortunately it all fizzled because of poor sales.The label had won.

"In Circles" opens in a restrained way that sounds so good then it kicks into a higher gear. So impressive. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. Why does this remind me of early CAMEL ? The drumming is outstanding as the guitarist rips it up. What an opener ! "J.L.T." opens with strummed guitar as keys and drums join in. Reserved vocals before a minute. Mellotron after 3 1/2 minutes. Nice. "No More White Horses" is a song I knew already because I have in on my LANDBERK "Lonely Land" album. That was the first time I had heard of T2, when it said it was a cover of a T2 song. The sound builds until the guitar is screaming. It settles 2 minutes in with strummed guitar, bass and light drums and starts to build again.These contrasts continue. Check out the guitar solo 5 minutes in and then the blistering attack 7 minutes in as riffs follow. "Morning" is the side long closing track at over 21 minutes. Pure Prog right here as themes are repeated and the tempo and mood shifts throughout. Just an amazing ride that has it all.

We don't see ZowieZiggie offer up too many 5 stars but he did with this one including an opening "Gosh !" which is exactly how I feel about this album.

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Posted Monday, July 13, 2009

Review by apps79
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3 stars 3.5 stars...

Peter Dunton,Bernard Jinks and Keith Cross formed T2 in 1970 with an aim to play ground- breaking rock music with lots of energy and enthusiasm.Dunton and Jinks were members of the band ''Neon Pearl'',while Jinks met later Cross,as they both played on ''Bulldog Breed''.T2 were signed by Decca Records and released the album with the imaginative title ''It'll all work out in boomland'' in 1970.

The album contains four tracks,one of the being the long epic ''Morning'',taking the whole B- side of the LP.The starter ''In circles'' is where the band seems to have given all their energy and lust for good and powerful rock.A guitar-driven track,where Keith Cross shines with his unbelievable performance,characterized by the abstract chords and powerful grooves,with a tight rhythm section covering him as well.''J.L.T.'' is a lot more than a psych ballad with a very emotional Dunton singing and somekind of horn-section with trumpets ending the track with a thrilling melody.Side A closes with ''No more white horses'' ,which continues from where ''J.L.T.'' ended,with a piano-driven opening section with smooth vocals and backing trumpets supporting,when suddenly 17-years old Cross takes over playing his frenetic guitar all the way to the end.The endless energy and complicated breaks of T2 return on side B with ''Morning'',a composition split between acoustic parts with a psych orientation and great vocal sections, and instrumental passages based on Cross' hard/bluesy guitars and Dunton's dynamic drumming. It's the track where I am reminded most of ROBERT FRIPP's guitar style in his mid-70's works with KING CRIMSON...and that says something for Cross' talent.

Unfortunately T2 were short-lived and it is really a question what this band could have created a couple of years later,when progressive rock was on the rise.Overall,a very good and powerful heavy Proto-Prog release from a band with talent and skills.Strongly recommended!

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5 stars T2 were one of the great mysteries of the late 60s early 70s. Should have been HUGE but somehow lost out to lesser heavy prog bands. All three members of this trio were exceptional musicians and the songwriting is top-notch. The interplay between the trio is well balanced between individual vi ... (read more)

Report this review (#247958) | Posted by Area70 | Tuesday, November 03, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I chose this album as my first review because T2's It'll All Work Out In Boomland has a very important meaning for me. It's perhaps the first minor-classic I bought, I remember it like if it was yesterday, a sunny day with my schoolmates in Viareggio, and in a small shop I found that sleeve tha ... (read more)

Report this review (#205783) | Posted by Luca Pacchiarini | Sunday, March 08, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Always a firm favorite amongst fans of the early 70's. This outfit could have slipped into the rather ordinary hard rock category. Thankfully this album proves otherwise. From the opening riff on the first track, you can instantly tell these guys are experts on their instruments. Shimmering, p ... (read more)

Report this review (#137614) | Posted by kingdhansak | Monday, September 10, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "It'll All Work Out In Boomland" is the quintessence of the 70s. If the album gained more support and the band didn't collapse (wishful thinking, I know), T2 might have achieved the status that bands like Budgie or Atomic Rooster now boast. Unfortunetely it didn't go well at all. But this album i ... (read more)

Report this review (#125102) | Posted by Ampersand | Thursday, June 07, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I got this CD from CD Universe for $28,and I can say that I got my money's worth. As the CD liner notes say,the songs go back and forth between acoustic passages and thunderous roars of anger,and they are right! ''Circles''(8:38) is a guitar rock song,with great vocal harmonies,while JLT(5:55) ... (read more)

Report this review (#111729) | Posted by jasonpw. | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The intersection of blues rock and prog. This album seems to have been overshadowed by many of the progressive rock titans from the early 70s, however I belive it is important acknowledge the significance of this record. Its is one of the better debuts to emerge from this fecund period, and ... (read more)

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