In 1971 the only original member still on board was Arbus.
And although you feel his input on the opening Bradshaw… a group penned uplifting tribal pumping prog feast track that may fool you into thinking that we´re back into business, the 2nd track introduces you to a East of Eden looking for a new identity – they will never again find it.
The songs – composed by bass player/singer - are now straight verse, verse, chorus, verse, solo, chorus, so to say.
Nothing is offensive here, but average songs played by average musicians give…?
Right! Average music.
And for some reason they decided to go the Country route; was that because of Jig-a-Jig´s success ? Probably.
So, we have some country rock, like the strained Song for no One ( is there an hidden meaning here? ) or Ain´t gonna do you no Harm ( here there´s nice country violin and a good Nashville guitar solo) some countryfolk ballads like Get Happy (with twin acoustic guitars ,a shaker and half a dozen violin notes – not enough to get happy) or Road Song ( with organ and acoustic slide) and the soulful bluesrock of the quiet good brass heavy Man Said.
Curiously what they do better is the blues, like in the laid back Don´t Be Afraid – that starts with a Stones stolen guitar intro - or the Blues Rock of Home Blues – it´s even here that we get Jim Roche more heartfelt guitar solos.
In one of the inside cover pictures Arbus is in full “yawning mode” – why was that?
Dave Arbus (electric violin, flute, saxophone, trumpet), Ron Caines (alto saxophone), Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals), Steve York (bass guitar), Dave Dufort (percussion), Jeff Allen (drums), Geoff Britton (drums), Joe O'Donnell (violin), Jim Roche (guitar), David Jack (bass)
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