Personnel: Mike Gibbins (vocals, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion); Rick Warsing (guitar, bass, background vocals); Alan Hewgley (harp).
More than two decades after the legendary English power pop band Badfinger split, Badfinger drummer Mike Gibbins released his solo debut, A PLACE IN TIME. During his 1968-1975 stint with Badfinger, Gibbins could be counted on to contribute some of the band's most eclectic material. As could be expected, A PLACE IN TIME covers a lot of ground, from the country shuffle of "Bad Boy Blues" to the near-fusion instrumental "Warcloud."
While Gibbins should be commended for his versatility, it's songs like the upbeat pop-rock gem "Please Please" and Beatlesesque ballads like "Time In" and "Place in Time" that showcase Gibbins' true strengths. Playing all of the instruments except for guitar and bass and singing in his rough, expressive voice, Gibbins has crafted a solid pop album. Though several songs do contain glimpses of the Badfinger spark, Gibbins' new music is more akin to the polished pop of Badfinger's 1978 reunion album, AIRWAVES, than the guitar-driven power-pop of the original group. While not an album that will take the place of Badfinger classics like NO DICE and STRAIGHT UP, A PLACE IN TIME is a promising solo debut from a true rock & roll survivor.