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Travelers Tale

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A New Crusader
  2. Street Without A Name
  3. Midnight Fever
  4. Never Before Now
  5. By Way Of You
  6. Diana
  7. Across The Land Of Light
  8. The Offering
  9. My Fortunes Coming True


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R9R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I guess it's no surprise that the reviews for this disc are all over the place. "Top album for 1970" (reviewer 'Fossil Wood' says)? Well, tough to rank it over Simon and Garfunkle's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters', or Neil Young's 'After the Goldrush'. "SRC fades away with the psychedelic era" (reviewer 'a music fan' says)? Well, they certainly did fade away, touting only an unreleased fourth album ('Lost Masters', finally released in 1993) after this one, but their connections to the psychedelic era were somewhat tenuous, save their far out album covers and Edwardian stage apparel. The band was more into mainstream rock with a hint of the blues than anything else, their biggest hit being a cover of Skip James' 'I'm So Glad'. They generally featured tight arrangements, but this disc seems to find them searching for a sound, and the progressive-rock feel they are apparently aspiring to was simply a poor fit.

The strength of SRC was always the intense guitar work of one Gary Quackenbush, but due to a motorcycle accident, Quackenbush was replaced by Ray Goodman for this outing. Goodman is a talented player, and his performance is one of the appeals on 'Traveler's Tale'. Quackenbush may have been missed, but the lead guitar runs on this disc are nothing to sneeze at. Goodman is supported by the swirling organ sounds characteristic of late 1960's/early 1970's rock, and a driving rhythm section. As always, lead vocalist Scott Richardson delivers smooth, almost too precisely enunciated lyrics... but on the up-side with SRC, you will seldom find yourself hunting for a lyrics sheet.

There are several epic tracks on the disc, and one is the opener, 'A New Crusader', a high energy number running over seven minutes. It's a good tune, but not a blockbuster.
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As the psychedelic era faded away at the dawn of the '70s, SRC was a band without a sound. Traveler's Tale, their third album, was not quite psychedelic, not quite progressive, not quite commercial...it's a tepid album in search of a musical personality. It also suffers from the absence of Gary Quackenbush on lead guitar, who left after two albums and was replaced by less-talented guitarist Ray Goodman.The album was also poorly produced, with a muddy sound further clouding the murky musical waters. This was their final shot on a major label (Capitol). Their two previous albums (SRC and Milestones) are much preferred over this one.
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SRC was best known for Black Sheep from their debut LP, SRC, an unexpected hit for an otherwise "heavy" track - think Iron Butterfly. Traveler's Tale was their third and final LP. Surprisingly, it was their best. The title track, New Crusader, is a minor prog masterpiece (7+ minutes). Never Before Now is the power ballad that will stick with you. Personal favorites are the final two LP tracks - Across The Land of Light and The Offering - completing the story. If you are familiar with the Yes-spinoff, Badger, you will find a lot to like here. The One Way reissue contains a non LP track, My Fortunes Coming True, which is fine but doesn't add much to Traveler's Tale. Not sure where it came from the but cover art is epic - again the UK prog influences.
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As a musician, the only thing more important than technique, or "soul" is the quality of the song writing. These guys could move a song from one amazing place to another without doing a 1-4-5 blues format or any other trite repetitive pattern; at least on this album. This was,is, and always will be one of my favorites from this year. The vocals do sometimes have a little quaver. The hammond stops do have a distinctly dated sound. But the overall change from the begining to the end of Across The Land Of Light is only something I could dream of doing. The same is true of Midnight Fever; For that matter almost every song has a wonderful sound treat or two or three just waiting to be discovered. When I pass over to the other side, I hope I can take this album with me.
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The SRC were a great local/regional band from the late '60s early '70s. They had many hits in the Ann Arbor/Detroit market with as much, or more, potential as any band from SE Michigan during the era: including Segar, Nuggent, or the MC5. If you had seen them as I did, in all kinds of concerts and events, you'd have to agree that musically they had everything necessary to break into the big time on a national scale. The Quackenbushes were way ahead of their time on the Hammond and Les Paul - still sounding completely awesome on Travelers Tale yet today! I highly reccomend Diana and By Way Of You as songs that sound as fresh now as they did when written. My personal favorite Never Before Now, is a emotional, uplifting song that should be rerecorded by a major artist, to prove just how good these guys really were. Too bad for all of us, they quit so soon.
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