Released: May 1975
Chart Peak: #138
Weeks Charted: 9
- Cynthia Bowman, Rolling Stone, 6/5/75.
Yet another band with prominent members, this time in the form of drummer Aynsley Dunbar and former Santana members Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie. The music is heavily leaning toward guitar a la Santana, but the group still retains its own style and could make a dent in the charts. Three of the eight tunes are fine-sounding instrumentals. Best cuts: "Of A Lifetime," "In The Morning Day," "Topaz," "Conversations," "Mystery Mountain."
- Billboard, 1975.
You know that any band that consists of two of the major focal points of the original Santana (not Carlos, of course) and all-round-good-sport-and-drummer-for-the-stars, Aynsley Dunbar, is going to get a massive push. You also know that if you took the undulating, Spanish-fly-in-heat sound Santana was hurtling about circa Abraxas and syphoned it thru Deep Purple, the whole sludge-like thing would sound utterly oppressive, overbearing, and kinda ridiculous. Well, guess what, that's what we have here! Former Santana lead-mouth organist Greg Rollie; ex-Santana co-lead guitarist Neal Schon; and the omnipresent Mr. Dunbar; hey, like that's really he-eav-vy, man! So heavy, in fact, these guys, with some help from two 'Frisco friends, bassist Ross Valory and guitarist George Tickner, sound like an overweight bull in ye proverbial china shop. Directionless fireball organ riffs, overly long songs, no discipline or intelligence anywhere, and Rollie's colorless and odorous vocals predominate. The half star is for Schon's great imitation of early Carlos Santana. This review is a warning. 1/2
- Andy McKale, Circus, 6/75.
The first of three moderate-selling jazz-rock albums given over largely to instrumentals. * *
- William Ruhlmann, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.
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