We continue now with Jerry Donahue’s notes in the CD insert, where he is still extolling the virtues of the producer, Glyn Johns.
“His forte, other than his deftness at the faders, is the ability he has in selecting the pick of the material at hand, serving as an active member of the band in arriving at the best treatment for each song, making it sound wonderful once back in the studio, and then arriving at an effective and appealing running order (without which many potentially great albums don’t quite click). Wow – all this talent in one chap! Normally all this would have unsettled us, at least to a degree, fearful that we could be pulled into too much of an unexplored territory for the folk-rock world, but we were ready for a change and decided to be brave. Besides that, we instinctively felt that we could trust this man.
These sessions probably were the most creative and rewarding that I had been party to up to that point. A couple of new sides to my own playing were born during the course of these – a direct result of Glyn’s encoraging me to “stretch” myself.”
Next time starts with some examples of this last-mentioned synderome.