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Songs by The Outer Limits
 

When Work Is ThruWhen The Work Is Thru'
(G Claff)

Outer Limits was the group Jeff Christie was in before he formed Christie. The first single they released was a "Charity RAG" record, which they shared with another group called The 5-Man Cargo.
   Charity weeks are held in many countries around the world, during which university students take part in various events to raise money for charity.
   For the local Leeds charity week - termed RAG for "Raise and Give" - Jeff and his fellow students recorded a soulful, lively tune (written by Godfrey Claff) which incorporates tight harmonies and a brassy horn backing.
  
But even though it was someone else's song, Jeff was as meticulous as ever, arranging the song to sound as he wanted.



german cover

 

europe cover
portugal cover
Just One More
Berlin charts

Just One More Chance
(J Christie)

This song was the first serious composition of Jeff's to be released, after the band secured a deal with Deram Records. A slow-paced love song with a hook that grows on the listener, it has been labelled by archivists as a "blue-eyed soul gem". It nudged the UK Top 50 when released in 1967 and became a club classic in the late 70s on the northern soul scene.
   It reached the top of the charts in Berlin, of all places, and was covered by several artists — indeed, it was the first song of Jeff's to be covered by another performer (I Dalton). Although it didn't chart in the US, it was given glowing reviews.
  Interestingly, an instrumental version by The Patrick Bradley was also successful and today is a highly sought-after record.

Help Me Please
(J Christie)

The flipside is a heavy, bluesy number that would not be out of place if played by today's grunge bands. According to Jeff, this was his take at imitating Spencer Davis, complete with gruff voice. Some reviewers have described the piece as reminiscent of the "garage sound" of the psychedelic era.

Acme reissueThe Just One More Chance single was reissued in 2005 as part of a box set of classic Decca singles by the UK company Acme.
   The box set describes the single as a "dance floor filler; bucking the trend, both sides of this seven-inch are monsters — blue-eyed soul on the "A" and psych-edged Brit beater on the "B".



Great Train
Great Train demo
Acetate

 

Great Train Robbery
(J Christie)

By the next single, Jeff was clearly moving towards the tuneful creations that would characterise his Christie repertoire. This song is a commercial offering that would have not been out of place in the Christie stable, given a Vic Elmes twang and a more solid backbeat.
   Clearly signalling the development of Jeff's melodic songwriting skills, the song is, as the title suggests, all about a train robbery. All stops were pulled out for this one — the arrangement, by former Shadow Tony Meehan, incorporates lavish orchestral backgrounds and lovely harmonies, and is not unlike some Bee Gees offerings of the time. The record itself was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham, renowned for hids work with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, among others.
   There are two versions of this song: the demo version has a longer musical introduction and additional sound effects (guns firing) at the end of the song. See here for more information.

Sweet Freedom
(J Christie)

The flipside is not as melodious as the A-side, but again does show the growing talents of Jeff as a songwriter. The harmonies and arrangement are reminiscent of some Beatles songs, and Jeff's voice is Lennon-esque in parts. It was a popular part of the Outer Limits' live sets.

 


See here for other Outer Limits songs

box set
instant karma
immediate story
   
rubble
decca
mod scene
     
freakbeat scene
staircase
great british

Let's Blow Our Minds

floored masters

do you dream

 

Night Comes DownThis 3-CD box set (released june 2017) follows previous collections Looking Back (2011) and Keep Lookin’ (2014), which ran the gamut of musical styles which emanated from the UK.
   Across the three CDs, Night Comes Down charts the development of Beat music in its various guises, and includes a weighty booklet full of illustrations, with a 12,000- word sleeve-note comprising a detailed summary of all 87 tracks on offer.
   The Outer Limits' Just One More Chance is featured on disc 2 of the set.
   As Music Week magazine states: “Highlights include I Don't Mind, a psych-flavoured piece fronted by Noel Redding before he joined Jimi Hendrix's band; the Mike Cotton Sound's funky instrumental Soul Serenade; and Leeds group The Outer Limits' slickly commercial Just One More Chance, which later became an in-demand Northern soul hit and was written by lead singer Jeff Christie, who subsequently topped the charts, fronting his own band Christie."
   Ian Canty for Louder Than War music magazine also singles out the Outer Limits: “The dramatic beat of the Outer Limits’ Just One More Chance gives us a pointer that things are changing in the music scene.” 


Most of the Outer Limits' material has been released on the CD Floored Masters. Various songs are also available on a variety of compilation CD albums, including The Immediate Story (Just One More Chance/Help Me Please), Night Comes Down and Instant Karma (Great Train Robbery/Sweet Freedom). An anthology set called Do You Dream (Angel Air) contains two tracks, Any Day Now and Epitaph for a Non-entity).

Reviews

Just One More Chance:
Shimmering organ-flecked sound blends with pounding beat and appealing vocal. Good tune too. Maintains the high Deram standard.

- Melody Maker

Great Train Robbery:
Not our Great Train Robbery, but one that took place in 1899 which makes a romantic tale given full orchestral accompaniment and a catchy hook phrase: "Do you remember the Great Train Robbery?" Trouble is, having aroused memories of the incident, the singers, who sound as though they were trying to forget the Great Train Robbery, then fail to add any further statements. I expected them to say "Well, we done it, so there."
- New Musical Express

Help Me Please:
Well, well, well, looks like the shaker is buried on the B-side this time. Help Me Please gets cookin' right away with a Mitch Ryder-like groove. Pour in some jerky guitar, swirling organ, swingin' tambourine and roughhouse vocals and you got it, jack. The beat never wavers, only briefly for the pleas of "Help me, help me" but then it gets right back in gear and stays hot for the rest of the song. You aspiring mod DJs out there might want to get ahold of this one for your next shindig because it's a definite mover that ought to lead a few people out onto the multi-colored dance floor, if you know what I mean.
- Brian Marshall, blogster

 

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