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T2 was a progressive rock trio that attempted to take the Jimi Hendrix Experience/Cream sound a step further, which was quite possibly the intelligent thing to do back in 1970. Despite their relative youth, lead vocalist/drummer Peter Dunton, bassist Bernard Jinks and 17-year old guitar prodigy Keith Cross brought to T2 a fair bit of experience as former members of a variety of psychedelic rock bands such as Please, Gun and Bulldog Breed. Basing their sound on blues/jazz influenced hard rock with a loose almost improvised feel, and topping it off with the melancholic vocals of Dunton and brass-heavy orchestration, T2 crafted an album that is unique in the annals of progressive rock ... and then disappeared!

At the point at which they released "It'll All Work Out In Boomland" (the album upon which the T2 legend largely rests) T2 was sitting pretty. They were signed to the influential Decca Records label and enjoyed a strong reputatation as a live band, playing at the Isle Of Wight festival alongside Hendrix. Unfortunately, after the release of the album, internal tensions led to the departure of Cross, leaving a second album unfinished in the vaults. After initially attempting to continue with guitarist Mike Foster, the group called it quits in 1972. That same year Cross released Bored Civillians, an album he recorded with one Peter Ross as Cross and Ross, but little was heard of any of them for a couple of decades.

In the early 90s, many forgotten progressive rock bands had their albums unearthed and exposed to a whole new generation of listeners and T2's "It'll All Work Out In Boomland" was no exception. Sadly each of the labels that handled the album (and it appears that there were three!) was not able to make it widely available for any length of time. Still, the re-issue of "It'll All Work Out In Boomland" under German label SPM/WorldWide had the startling effect of prompting a T2 reunion. Dunton, Jinks and Moore (crucially Cross was not present) were the featured musicians on "Second Bite", and T2 enjoyed a surprising second run, following it up with "Waiting For The Band" (1993) and "On The Frontline" (1994), although by the time of "Waiting For The Band", Jinks had left and Moore had shifted to bass to accomodate new guitarist Ray Lee.

The T2 revival didn't last, but it helped make possible the release of the nearly completed tracks that had been intended for T2's second album. Titled "Fantasy" (although it's also known simply a...
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4.04 | 102 ratings
It'll All Work Out In Boomland
1970
1.15 | 5 ratings
Second Bite
1992
2.00 | 1 ratings
Waiting For The Band
1993
1.50 | 2 ratings
On The Front Line
1994

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3.47 | 24 ratings
Fantasy
1997

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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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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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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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Review by Area70

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 virtuosity and group dynamics. Although the recording itself isn't the highest quality, the music production is solid, especially the orchestral sections of "No More White Horses."

If you like the idea of the darker sides of the Hendrix Exprerience and Cream, paired with the scope and expanse of the early days of prog rock, then this release is well worth checking out. Also, If you're famliliar with the fuzzed out, underground-feel of early Vertigo label releases and that appeals, then this release should be a priority.

I'd like to know whatever happened to guitarist Keith Cross after the demise of T2?

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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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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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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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Review by Luca Pacchiarini

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 that I had already seen in a book... So, it's very difficult for me to be objective about this album.

Now that I think of it, I don't want to be objective at all in my reviews.

I won't indulge in technical matters, because I'm not competent enough, but instead I'll try to convey the overall feel of the album, with a longer paragraph for the most significant cut of the album I'm reviewing.

So, this was released in 1970, so it means that the band had bluesy and rock influences, but in this they tried to move a step forward towards..bla blah blah blah...pretty boring uh?

....................... General atmosphere of the album

Once you start to listen to this album, you immediately become aware of the incredible potential of the young guitarist, Keith Cross, who was 17 when the album was released. In fact, the first song, In Circles, features some stingy and aggressive guitar play, but you notice that Peter Dunton's voice wants you to relax and think, despite all the guitar madness going on. Relaxed energy. The vocals are unusually calm for this kind of music. The other kind of ambience that this album brings is lonely introspection. It appears in the strangely titled JLT (it apparently means Joy Little Tune, in spite of the introspection of the lyrics) which express an atmosphere of a summer morning in the country, with the protagonist passing his time in solitude, torturing his own brain with questions Feeling less forgotten than alone/In solitude the time/Passed in several shades of dismay/And glimpses of the truth) This is achieved with a folk instrumentation (acoustic guitar mainly) which accompanies the vocals, until a surprising mellotron section comes: and that's one of the best mellotron tracks I've heard. The two halves of the T2 sound unite for the conclusive Morning. We mentioned morning speaking of JLT, right? Well, the start of the long Morning song is very very similar... delicate folk music which express the sleepyiness of a summer...well...morning. But, later, the electric power of the band comes out and this piece evolves in a improvised freakout, but don't think of a mess... It's fantasy, not noise making. Sudden riffs, cleverly interrupted by folk passages and mellow vocals, and then, to keep your attention high, another stunning guitar solo!

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The most significant track of the album is NO MORE WHITE HORSES. That's a monster track.

This, apparently, as stated in a interview with Peter Dunton, wants to recreate the feeling of dispair and hopelessness felt by the population during the Polish invasion by the german troops. Now that you know it, try to find the references in the song! It opens with a guitar/bass riff which reminds of the marching german troops, who are approaching...you can feel the danger and the menace. This builds to a climax where the trumpets joins the guitar (a trumpet of war?), there is a vibe of tension, when the vocal section finally comes, you almost feel released. But, the vocals convey a sense of despair and terror, as experienced by the population (you got nowhere to hide, there's no white horse to run away). The rest of the song is conducted by the guitar solos, which gradually overwhelm the piano (the violence of war which overwhelms the piano, do you remember that film about the polish pianist during WW2, eh?) The song climaxes in multi tracked noises of triumphant feedbacked guitar, after the echoes of the defeated instruments, which fade away....

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An excellent album, it's a sham that their second album (T2/Fantasy) it's not complete, because the result could have been even superior to this, thanks to the more frequent presence of keyboards (Mellotron), which has only a secondary role here.

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 Fantasy by T2 album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
3.47 | 24 ratings

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Fantasy
T2 Heavy Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars This album should have been their second release but was buried into the vaults for a very long period of time (twenty-five years!). The release of these lost tapes was a fine news for the fans of this discreet band from the early seventies.

Although the sound might not be exceptional, it is quite decent when one bears in mind its genesis.

Since the line-up is the same as the one who recorded the excellent debut Boomland, what we'll get here is pretty much in-line: at least during some tracks. A heavy and bluesy rock which has its roots in the Jimi Hendrix Experience (Highway is the closest and best one of the whole).

What makes them special though are very sweet vocals which contrast with their heavy music (Careful Sam). Psychedelia is not forgotten either and is softly rendered during the smooth Timothy Monday). During longer pieces, their proclivity to jam (CD) is very well underlined. This album also holds some very smooth musical passages. Almost pastoral and early Genesis oriented. The fine Minstrel is such a melancholic track with mellotron and flute.

After such a nice parenthesis, we are brought back in their heavy blues jamming mood. As such, Fantasy is not very well achieved and the guitar solo is too much Jimi oriented. Too much is too much.

The closing song is another good number, with some symphonic aspects as well. It sounds as if T2 was willing to explore new musical territories. It would have been a nice adventure, had they decided to go on a little longer. But they decided to split: too bad! It is called T2. Such a name maybe because they hadn't another title in mind while they wrote it, who knows?

This is an enjoying album, but I was much more impressed with their debut one. Three stars.

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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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It'll All Work Out In Boomland
T2 Heavy Prog

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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 Second Bite by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1992
1.15 | 5 ratings

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T2 Heavy Prog

Review by Mlaen

1 stars As a friend of mine once said, this album sounds like a rehersal. Not far from truth. Very poor reunion attempt by T2, especially if we consider their first album It'll All Work Out In Boomland, which was more than fine. The fact that Second Bite was recorded in 1992 (though it sounds like it was created in 1982), and that Cross is missing cannot be an excuse.

Overall feel of the album is cheap (partly due to low standards of SPM/WWR label); songs are in horrible pop vein, with very few progressive elements, and they all sound somewhat similar. I hardly managed to listen it form the beginning to the end as the whole thing sounds uninspired, extremly boring and lame, though with some laughable moments - for example, sound of the police siren in Out in the street is totally ludicrous. Most of the time I got a feeling of a local wedding band playing poor covers on their cheap equipment.

Vocals are identical in every song - sleepy and tired, drumming is simply odious (sounds like a drum machine), keyboards sound artificial, only the guitar playing is acceptable. Moments of hope are scarce, the only one that I can think of is guitar lead in Careful Sam. 22 minute epic Age 2 age is epic indeed - I nearly fell asleep.

Maybe this album is a joke noone gets?

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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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T2 Heavy Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

Itīll 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 Iīll 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 ( Itīs kind of funny).

One thing that brings my excitement down though are the vocals. I think they are too unremarkable. They donīt 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, Iīll only give this one 3 stars, as I think T2 lacks in some places. First of all a really good vocalist. But itīs an album I always enjoy listening to and frequently do.

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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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It'll All Work Out In Boomland
T2 Heavy Prog

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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 It'll All Work Out In Boomland by T2 album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.04 | 102 ratings

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It'll All Work Out In Boomland
T2 Heavy Prog

Review by kingdhansak

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, piercing lead guitar work against a sonic assault on the drums (who incidentally is also the vocalist). Not only that but it boasts some awesome orchestration and brass work that compliments it so well without getting too overpowering. All too often, orchestra and brass on albums from this era can end up playing more than the band themselves. Not the case here.

Compositions have a dark, sinister quality, sometimes reminding the listener of early King Crimson in places. As I recall there is a bit of mellotron in there somewhere as well. I'm sure I've just sold it to you now! We all love mellotron after all.

4.5 stars - excellent++

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