Rest In Peace
The Gentle Cold of Dawn
Can I See You?
The Family Way
I'll Get Around to it When and if I Can
The Progress Suite: Prologue
The Progress Suite: Decline
The Progress Suite: Editorial
The Progress Suite: Fall
The Progress Suite: Epliogue
Well, here we go . . . all aboard the psychedelic
Jeremy and I were both fed up with
being told what to do and what to record so we struck out on our own.
Fortunately for us, Gary Usher was a sympathetic producer and happily came along
for the ride. (Although at $285.00 per hour, it was going to be an expensive
When I finally listened to this record, light
years later, I have to admit to the strong desire to edit out some of the
extravagances and indulgences of side two! But apart from that, I think that the
album came closer to a cohesiveness which had eluded us for so long. Jeremy's
songwriting was an important part of all this, and the album certainly displays
a promising synergy between Jeremy's songs and my arranging. In retrospect, I
had a lot to learn; there's some rather over-the-top bits here and
A classic example of over-the-top would have to
be my sitar solo, stuck in the middle of "Rest in Peace" for no apparent reason!
I was a student at Ravi Shankar's school of Indian music, as was Eric Clapton
also. Eric was quoted later as saying that if he practiced non-stop for the rest
of his life, he'd never be able to master the sitar. He was right of
course. None of us could. We all gave it up
Sitar playing aside, I have one
particularly good memory associated with "Rest in Peace". We were playing the
Melodyland Theater in Anaheim, California and Buffalo Springfield were opening
for us. We did R. I. P. for the sound check and I noticed a lanky figure in a
fringed buckskin jacket standing at the back of the hall. After the song was
done, he ambled up to me and said, "Good song, man".
It was Neil Young and he made my day.
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