Album Review | Retro World | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5
Reissue of Dan Fogelberg’s collaborative album with Tim Weisberg. Very deliberately out of Fogelberg’s recognisable style and with Weisberg’s flute taking centre stage for much of the very short album, coming in at just over thirty minutes, the album is highly melodic, so much so it could easily find itself in the easy listening browser bins. Flutes were popular in the 1970s, most notably with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Thijs Van Leer (Focus) and also a host of Prog Rock outfits such as Genesis, Traffic and Camel. Here though, particularly on “Lazy Susan”, the arrangement is reminiscent of the pastoral sound of Nick Drake’s “Bryter Layter” of Seatrain’s “Flute Thing”. Although voices are heard during “Lazy Susan”, it’s not until half way through the album that we hear the first song, the Moody Blues-influenced “Tell Me to My Face”. Surprisingly, the mainly instrumental album did quite well at the time (1977) reaching number 8 in the US charts, an achievement only beaten by his earlier Phoenix LP and later with The Innocent Age in 1981, all three making the top ten.