1975 Tonto – It’s About Time

It’s About Time is the second and final album by British-American electronic music duo Tonto, previously known as Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, released in 1974 by Polydor Records. The album is a showcase for TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra), a multitimbral, polyphonic synthesizer built by the two members of the band, Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, as a developed version of the Moog III synth in 1969.

Tonto’s Expanding Head Band was a British-American electronic music duo consisting of Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff. Despite releasing only two albums in the early 1970s, the duo were (and still remain) influential because of their session and production work for other musicians (most notably Stevie Wonder) and extensive commercial advertising work.


1  Beautiful You (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 05:44
2  Tonto’s Travels (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 08:25
3  Nil Desperandum (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 05:50
4  The Boatman (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 05:06
5  Building The Pyramid (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 03:40
6  Journey To The West (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 08:28
7  Forty-Nine Judges (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 02:24
8  Bird Flies Free (Malcolm Cecil; Robert Margouleff) 02:24


SynthesizerMalcolm Cecil
SynthesizerRobert Margouleff

Other Musicians

1 Beautiful You

BassReginald McBride
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarMarlo Henderson

4 The Boatman

PercussionArmand Habdurian

6 Journey To The West

GuitarMichael Sembello

Liner Notes

Producer – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Producer (Associate) – Tama Starr
Producer (Executive) – Mike Hales
Engineer – Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Mastered By – George Peckham

Art Direction – Tama Starr
Illustration, Layout – Joan Nielsen
Photography – Dick Berndt

Mastered At Master Room
Mixed At Westlake Audio
Phonographic Copyright Polydor International
Copyright Polydor International