There is not very much information on this band on the net but they did manage to create a decent Psych album.
The band would appear to be:
Craig Balzer, Bruce Balzer, Bill Petti, Ron Papaled and Alice Popovic. Although I did find a statement by Gary Lorig that he was in the band.
I think I am correct in stating that both Gary Lorig and Bill Petti were in a rockabilly band from the early 60's Jonny And The Vicounts
I am certain that both Bill Petti and Gary Lorig were in that band. I also know that Craig and Bruce Balzer joined the Cleveland Ohio band Circus soon after leaving December's Children, raising the said band from a Bar Room thing to an outfit that would produce some singles that many collectors seek after. Also, the Brothers Balzer formed themselves into a late 70's, early 80's US band American Noise which I would love to hear.
Craig and Bruce left the music business to go into advertising and I do not know much else, but I certainly like the sounds on this album. Nowhere is the guitar playing inadequate - it is always interesting. The lyrical content is more than competant and even though one would feel an attraction to draw similarities to other USA male / female combines vocal groups as Jefferson Airplane they have a very different sound.
Track 01 - Trilogy: i. 2:30 Casino, ii. In Between A Dream, iii. Lady Of The Garden Starts off more Beatlesque if you ask me - slowly and cleverly building to a faster sound for part 2. "Gonna Take A Ride On A Good Ship - Sing Along a Melody!" with nice guitar, then slowing after another minute to the final part of this trilogy. "I am at peace with myself". This is good stuff - very good considering when it was recorded.
Track 02 - Sweet Talkin' Woman is sort of Allman Brothers style and not particularly exciting (as I think the Allman Bros are anyway). That said it is a competant song and fits as a track 02 on an album of this era.
Track 03 - Jane's Song (The Slow One) reminds me of some of the UK folk that was around at this time, and is really good. "We will always be. (Have always been). Will always be (Deep Within our Winter's Sleep)" This is a really good acoustic section reminiscent of CSNY if not better. (I love this song).
Track 04 - Hide The Water sounds similar to CCR and I can almost imaging John Fogerty joining these people in this song - It does have the nice guitar riffs that are generally missing from CCR stuff, if only I didn't have to draw similarities to another band I would love this.
Track 05 - Afternoon starts as an almost country sound but, swiftly gathers a competant Psych feel with it's intelligent lyrical approach and the Guitar Sound. I wonder is that sound Craig or Bruce Balzer. Any info on this band in the commments will be gratefully received.
Track 06 - Slow It Down does not actually slow down the album progression. It seems to Kick in something. A Blues Rock number that also has good lyrical conten along with excellent guitar work. I wonder whether this was rehearsed for a long time or whether the musicians are simply competant at what they are doing. For sure this is simple music - But It Sounds GREAT.
Track 07 - Too Early To Be Late is a sturdy enough composition (all tracks are attributed to Balzer, Balzer & Petti - "It's getting early to be late - Another surfer on a date" Also a Blues influenced song that sounds great to me.
Track 08 - Last Monday Night if it were more melodical 'could' be a Mamas n Papas type song but it has a Brashness and a great guitar riff. Just imagine the M n P's with some rel Funky guitar riffs at the front of the mix.
Track 09 - Back Road Rider certainly allows the woman singer to impress with (YET AGAIN some Great Guitar). I get Janis Joplin a lot from the singing but love the guitar - as it reminds me of my fave guitar man "Deke Leonard" from Man.
Track 10 - Livin' (Way Too Fast) saves the best till last. It has a nice beat, great vocal and could have been an excellent single. Also relating to the Blues, the Psych side is expressed through the Guitar which erupts into a wah wah style lick that attracts. Again this has the female vocals that are real good at creating a Funky - Blues feel. I reckon that other than the Folky song "Jane's Song" this is the best song.
Weighing in at around 43MB for the 192 samples it is quite small. Peronally I enjoyed this one and hope some out there do too.