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Based in Boston, they initially played covers around the Boston clubs until songwriter Steve Cataldo joined the group in late 1967. Signed to MGM Records, they recorded an album in April/May 1968, produced by Alan Lorber, who was responsible for Bosstown Sound Productions. It's release was delayed by the numerous releases of the other MGM Bosstown acts; and when the band broke up before the album's imminent release, the label decided not to proceed without a functioning band to support it.
The album is less psychedelic than some of the other Bosstown releases i.e Ultimate Spinach, Beacon Street Union and is more like early prog - similar in some ways to Detroit's SRC. Prophecies/Morning Blue opens with the sounds of children playing, over which elegiac voices intone predictions of nuclear holocaust. After a gradual accelaration, the music suddenly lurches at the point of climax into a heavily syncopated, frenetic jazz piano solo in 5/4 time. Prism Fawn has an imperious organ/guitar riff and a driving beat. One Eyed Minor is a jaunty piece in a folkdance rhythm and Feels Like Love is a nondescript rocker, but Silver Children has a pleasant relaxed groove and Valley Of Eyes is another intense apocalyptic piece with flanged drums and bluesy 1968-style fuzz guitar. Without You is a dull proto-70s softrocker and For The Best Offer ends the album in a tone of enigmatic whimsy. Overall an enjoyable addendum to the Bosstown canon.
Cataldo later recorded as St. Steven, whilst Bartlett was in Brother Fox And The Tar Baby. Later still, Cataldo formed the punk band Nervous Eaters and played guitar on some Willie Alexander recordings. Essentially the band played good soft-psych.
The bonus cuts on the reissue of the One St Stephen album are actually by Front Page Review. ~ (Vernon Joynson/Lloyd Peasley)
01. Prophecies - Morning Blue 3:54
02. Prism Fawn 3:44
03. One Eyed Minor 1:55
04. Feels Like Love 2:32
05. Silver Children 6:27
06. Valley Of Eyes 2:16
07. Without You 3:46
08. For The Best Offer 3:35
RICHARD BARTLETT gtr
THOMAS BELLIVEAU bs
STEVE CATALDO vcls, gtr
DAVID CHRISTIANSEN gtr
JOSEPH SANTANGELO piano, organ
DAVID WEBER drms
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