Winter 2011 The Making of “Time & Again” (2000)

After we found out via the Internet that the Jelly Bean Bandits were perhaps the best-known little-known unknown band on the planet, the group decided to go back in the studio and start up where they had left off 34 years earlier. Frontman Billy Donald declined to participate because of prior commitment to his oldies group, Big Edsel, but everyone else was more than up for the challenge.

Fortunately everybody in the Bandits sang lead so there was no shortage of vocal power. Mike Raab and Fred Buck did all the songwriting. Guitarist Jack Dougherty lived in Florida, Fred and Joe lived in upstate New York and Mike lived outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. The sessions were selected to be in Wilmington as that was halfway for everyone and Mike was friends with J.K.Loftin (that’s him doing the “Queen wave” on the video) who owned Cape Fear Studio.

This is a quick look behind the session scenes of the recording that signaled the Bandits were back ten years ago.


Mike Raab’s wife, Barbara, is president of Monty’s Home, an animal rescue non-profit organization near Wilmington, N.C. To heighten public awareness of why you should adopt shelter dogs as opposed to buying dogs from a puppy mill storefront, Mike wrote the song “It’s Cool to Adopt.” The music video is catchy, clever and gets its point across with the help of children, their families and dogs they’ve adopted. Watch the video once and see if you can get the chorus out of your head!


The Jelly Bean Bandits were once described in the French magazine Morning as “cyclonic proto-punks with a pleasant disregard for everything”.

42 years later another group that might fit into that category, The Acid Lemon from Torino, Italy, posted up this video, a live version of the Jelly Bean Bandits “Country Woman” recorded on January 16, 2010. Thank you, Lemons.

The Peppermints

Mike Raab’s
of the Hudson Valley
is a hit!  Over 1,000 visitors came through our
online doors the first month we were open.
Remember the Lost Souls? Bull Angus? The Goodtimes? Richie Scarlet? Storm Kings? They’re all inside The Museum, along with dozens of other great bands and musicians from the region. “The Best Videotapes You’ve Never Seen” section brings back outstanding live performances from the Seventies and the Eighties. “The Gallery” is an amazing ever-growing collection of the rarest and most interesting photos from that era. “The Jukebox” has a one-of-a-kind collection of music that you can listen to and enjoy. And you’re invited to drop a line to Museum Mail and stay in contact with the musicians you enjoyed and the friends you made back then. Come often, stay late – we’re open 24/7!


Check out new Links Page that specializes in Hudson Valley bands of the Sixties and Seventies!

  Following the amazing journey of the Jelly Bean Bandits that led up to the making of “Bandit Planet”.
Music that “…is at the edge of greatness” Didier Becu, Belgium New Century Bandits Discography – Read stories and reviews about Time and Again (released in 2001) and Mirror Music (released in 2002).
  See rare, recently discovered black-and-white photographs of the Jelly Bean Bandits from 1967 and the fascinating story behind how these photographs were found.
  Fans Scrapbook – Friends and Fans Scrapbook.
  Guest Book – Please sign our Guest Book and add your comments.
  Links Page – Remember the Dutchpop? The Dirty Elbows? Big Edsel Band? Willie & Walkers? Harvest? You can still find them or former members on the Internet.
Didier reviews CDs on the Internet at and was born in 1968, the year the first Bandits recording was released.

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