When in April of 2011 Glass entered the studio, they had no preconceived idea of what they would record. Unlike all of their previous albums, they didn't come in with reams of carefully-worked-out rehearsal-intensive progressive rock on an epic scale.
No, this time they decided to leave their fate to chance. They knew of course that nearly 46 years of playing together -- off and on -- gave them a shared musical language and a musical telepathy that few bands ever achieve. They had reached a place in their careers where they had nothing left to prove. They had toured the world and played with the icons of British Progressive Rock and they had done it all on their own terms, without compromise.
So what's left for this progressive rock trio from Washington State?
Well, how about a return home? How about booking the same studio where they first recorded in 1973, how about using many of the same instruments they started out with, how about recording direct to 2-track stereo using a live mix? This is as close to "live in the studio" as you can get, as close to pure clear undistilled Glass as you can find. Like the classic late-'50s/early-'60s jazz recordings of Rudy Van Gelder, this record documents what happens when lions come together to create something magnificent out of thin air.