The idea here was to make an album that had a structure similar to those released between 1967 and 1975: a side of short, single-sized songs, and a side of long, extended pieces. The style of music, with a couple of exceptions, belonged more to that time period, being hard rock with strong blues, progressive and experimental edges. The album even featured such era-specific staples as extended drum and guitar solos. Yet for me this wasn't "retro", because I never stopped listening to that stuff- when the rest of the world moved on, I stayed because it's what I liked best.
Some of the lyrics are a bit on the commercial side- far more so than anything else I ever did. (There were love songs, simplistic appeals to popular subjects and stylings, etc.) It was the last time that was ever a part of my musical agenda. Ironically, most everyone else seemed to think this was pretty outside stuff. At the time that was difficult for me to fathom.
top photo: c 12/80 by Ken Zelinka
bottom photo: c 4/85 by Marilyn Moon
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