"Most would probably agree that this is one of the very best psych-style LPs from the 1980s. Not retro at all but (like Bobb Trimble) a piece of the late 1960s preserved from time’s rust. Male-female vocals lament and serenade ‘the quest for knowledge of love and beauty’ in an appealling soundscape, with lyrical guitar leads throughout, good use of mellotron, occasional tablas, flute and bells. The recording has a definite 1981 sound but (again like Bobb) this somehow becomes an advantage. The vocal blend is superb and may recall Anonymous and Bermuda Triangle, while the wistful mood and beautiful melodies is a bit like British band Ithaca or the melodic sides of Seventh Dawn. Moments such as ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ go truly deep... [T]his is recommended to anyone open for a folkpsych trip inside the melancholy and bliss of an acid-fueled romance” -- Patrick Lundborg, The Acid Archives
JOHNNY BLACKBURN & MARY LAUREN
Echoes of Love’s Reality
This is some good gravy, and my ears are mashed potatoes. I don’t usually get down with acoustic folk, but this is better than your typical Bob Dylan wannabe or acoustic-guitar girl. The first song is for flute lovers, and maybe I like flute because it’s an uncommon instrument in pop, or maybe it’s because my mom played it when I was little, but I love fluting. Such a beautiful sound. If you like delicate hippie pop in the vein of Donovan then get this awesome rerelease of a record that was available for a short time back in 1981.