Though Earth Opera's debut album had not charted, Elektra Records was willing to let them record a follow-up. By this time keyboard player Bill Stevenson had left, leaving them with the line-up of Peter Rowan (lead vocals/guitar/sax), David Grisman (mandolin/mandocello/sax/piano/vocals), John Nagy (bass/cello) and Paul Dillon (drums/percussion/guitar/vocals). The four of them enlisted the help of lots of session musicians, among them pedal steel gutiarist Bill Keith and John Cale of The Velvet Underground on viola. The album was more consistent and accessible than its predecessor, and Rowan's "Home To You" had the potential to be a hit single. Elsewhere, the title track was the longest piece of music the band had recorded, a 10-minute epic with complex arrangements. Stylistically the album could be called progressive rock, mixing various psychedelic, folk, country and classical influences. Though it fared slightly better than their first album, the band broke up shortly after its release. Peter Rowan went on to join Seatrain, and both Rowan and Grisman would later re-unite in the bluegrass supergroup Muleskinner.
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