Week of November 26, 2000



Keith Ellis - Bass
Ollie Halsall - Guitar, Keyboards
Tony Newman - Drums
Mike Patto - Vocals, Keyboards
Chris Stainton - Keyboards 
Adrian Fisher - Guitar


Below The Belt (Virgin V 2049) 1975 (reissued on CD: Virgin CDV2049, 1997)
Bloodletting (Virgin V 2073) 1976 (reissued on CD: Virgin CDV2073, 1997)
Absolutely (CBS/Epic AL 34812) 1977 (mine is a Canadian copy)

Notable for their inclusion of Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall. Boxer had an album withdrawn in 1976 "Bloodletting" (Virgin V 2073), 1976, and consequently it has become a sought-after item. Mike Patto played with Centipede, Bo Street Runners, Chicago Blues Line, Timebox, Spooky Tooth and Patto. Ollie Halsall played with Kevin Ayers, Grimms, Rhythm and Blues Inc., Tempest, Patto and Timebox. Keith Ellis played with Juicy Lucy, Spooky Tooth and Van der Graaf Generator. Tony Newman was with Sounds Incorporated, Jeff Beck, May Blitz, David Bowie, T.Rex, Three Man Army and Driftwood.

Boxer's album, "Below The Belt", ran into censorship problems as the cover had a picture of a naked lady with a strategically placed boxing glove, the reverse had no such glove! The album had its moments musically as all albums featuring Patto and Halsall do. Both are sadly no longer with us.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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