- The Kettle
- Butty's Blues
- The Machine Demands a Sacrifice
- The Valentyne Suite
- Theme One – January's Search
- Theme Two – February's Valentyne
- Theme Three – The Grass Is Always Greener
The Valentyne Suite has the feeling of a love affair, the sort
which flares up hotly and then consumes itself. Each of its three
themes had been with us for some time before the Grand Design
was revealed. It almost crept up on us unawares. Dave wrote the
first theme - January's Search - which features him restlessly moving
from organ to vibes, piano and back, holding conversations with James,
Dick and myself en route. The long organ solo ends the search and leads
into the second theme - February's Valentyne. This was also written by
Dave from whose gentle beginning Dick takes over to tear his way to the
climax of the affair. The third theme - The Grass Is Always Greener
- begins by reflecting the calm before the storm. Written by Dick and
myself it features Dave and Tony briefly before James emerges to push us
all over the edge and destroy the relationship. The Kettle was written by Dick
and myself during our formative rehearsals and has undergone many changes,
culminating in this Trio version by myself, James, and Tony, featuring
James in dialogue with himself. Elegy and Butty's Blues were both
written by James. Elegy features Dick on soprano. Butty's Blues
features Dave, James and Dick in front of a backcloth provided
by some of the finest young musicians at present working in London.
Neil Ardley directed this ensemble and also wrote the string
quartet arrangement which glides behind us through Elegy.
These sleeve notes were
completed just as Neil Armstrong
took "one small step for man
but a giant leap for mankind".
JON HISEMAN, July 21st, 1969.
The U.S. release of this album was called The Grass Is Greener and featured a similar cover, but a vastly different tracklist.
- Dave Greenslade – Hammond organ, vibraphone, vocals
- Dick Heckstall-Smith – saxophone
- Jon Hiseman – drums
- James Litherland – guitars, lead vocals
- Tony Reeves – bass guitars