4.Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarity (On the Road)
6.Living in America
8.It's Going on Saturday
11.Johnny's an Angel
14.You've Got a Way
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Recording information: Studio 3, Portland, MA.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Neal Shulman; Rex Fowler.
See, It Was Like This was released in 1989 as a brand-new set of acoustic re-recordings of songs from Aztec Two-Step's early-'70s albums. Not a cynical attempt to avoid paying licensing fees to Elektra Records for reissue rights or an admission of complete creative brain-death, See, It Was Like This instead functions as a kind of alternative greatest-hits package of Aztec Two-Step's early years. The duo's early work with producer Jerry Yester was truly lovely in the near-orchestral manner of Yester's own work with his wife, Judy Henske, around the same period, but these much simpler, almost stark new versions of the songs strip away the slightly dated orchestrations and put the focus entirely on Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman's close harmonies and acoustic guitars, both of which are in top shape throughout. ~ Stewart Mason