Three of MC Squared’s five group members emerged from The Back Porch Majority (which served as a training ground for The New Christy Minstrels), giving them experience, though not the sort of pop contacts they needed to make it on their own. Relocating from Kansas to California, the trio added a bassist, plus Jim Keltner on drums, and began making decent sunshine pop singles for Reprise. Inexplicably, however, their work on this clever and adventurous album was soon shelved.
With material drawing influences from The Association, The Mamas & The Papas and Jefferson Airplane, MC Squared recorded love songs, psychedelic experiences and acerbic commentary on world politics. They picked up on Fred Neil’s The Dolphins and Everybody’s Talkin’, refashioning the latter as a slower, but much more striking, version than its better-known counterparts.
Though of a recognisably 60s US pop world, the production and quality of the material retains its own idiosyncratic qualities: striking male/female vocals, percussive fills and inventive time signatures among them. Thankfully, the album finally sees the light of day, with a clutch of single releases as bonuses.