After the excesses of the first album, sheer economics forced the band to try a cheaper route. With newly recruited cellist Clare Deniz, they hopped across to Copenhagen (where they recorded with Sandy Denny) to record a much more acoustic folk-based album than the first. Even then, a sign of things to come, the album included a lengthy epic inspired by Arthurian legend - "The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake" - which featured a contribution on keyboards from young sessions player Rick Wakeman.
The sessions for the album also produced a non-album single Forever, which was released, incongruously, just about the time that the next version of the band - with Wakeman, Hudson and Ford on board - was getting into gear.
The 2008 Universal re-issue of this contains four bonus tracks - see reviews page for more details.
Dave Cousins (vcls, gtrs, pno, dulc, "Chinese Piano", perc)
Tony Hooper (vcls, ac/el gtrs, tamb, perc)
Ron Chesterman (dbl bs) Clare Deniz (cello)
Tony Visconti (recorder)
Bjarne Rostvold (drms)
Rick Wakeman (pno)
Paul Brett (ld gtr)
Bonus tracks, Universal CD release, August 2008, and Universal Japan 2019 SHM CD release
See Versions page
Lyrics are included as a separate single page insert
Engineer Roger Quested
Production and engineering Tony Visconti
Recorded at Rosenberg Lydteknik, Copenhagen with additional work at Morgan Studios, London
Mixed at Trident Studios, London
Design and illustration Roger Saunders
Printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd
A & M Records Ltd Address 1-2 St George Street, London W1
Sleeve contains the following acknowledgement:
"Love and thanks to Tony Visconti for being of sound mind while producing, engineering, and adding percussive effects: to New Breed for Tony Visconti; to Ivar Rosenberg for electronics; to Torben for sunshine and magic moments; and to Roger Saunders for sleeve design and illustration."
Though not credited the back cover photograph was taken by Philippa Clare.
UK Chart: not placed
US Chart: not released