Personnel: Terry Callier (guitar); Phil Upchurch (guitar); Louis Satterfield (banjo, congas); Edward Druzinsky (harp); William Faldner, W. Ztatoff-Mirsky, Jerry Sabransky, Sol Bobrov, Joseph Golan, Elliott M. Golob, Irving Kaplan, Theodore Silavin, Ruth Goodman (violin); Bruce Hayden, Arthur Ahiman, Harold Klatz, Harold E. Kupper, Roger Moulton (viola); Karl B. Fruh, Leonard Chausow (cello); Donald Myrick (flute, alto saxophone); Cyril Touff (harmonica); Arthur Hoyle, John S. Howell (trumpet); Ethel Merker, Paul Tervelt (French horn); Charles Stepney (piano, electric piano); Donny Simmons, Morris Jennings (drum); Fred Walker (congas, percussion); Bobby Christian (percussion); Vivian Harrell, Kitty Haywood, Shirley Wahls (background vocals).
Arranger: Charles Stepney.
Like the artist himself, the music on this brilliant album defies all categories, embracing Terry Callier's wide range of influences and experiences. Callier's musical kaleidoscope is filled with funk, rock, folk, jazz, and even classical influences. "Dancing Girl" opens the album with Charles Stepney's majestic orchestration. This opus is the album's pinnacle, moving with soft intensity toward soul-stirring crescendos. Songs like "What Color Is Love" and "Ho Tsing Mee (A Song of the Sun)," an elegant antiwar prayer of confusion, somehow avoid clich‚s or take them to another level. "You Goin' to Miss Your Candyman" was made popular by Urban Species when they sampled it on "Listen" in the early '90s, and not surprisingly, it sounds better in its original form. No matter where you turn, Callier's passionate voice captures the sweeping drama of the human condition. A lost romantic amid "concrete front yards," this album is a must-have for any music connoisseur. ~ Ryan Randall Goble