One More Night Like This / The Ship / 2009
Notes: After performing the concept work, The Ship, for nearly two years, it was a welcome change for the group's five original members to develop new material from all of its songwriters. This collection of previously unreleased studio demos made between 1971 and '73 demonstrates those varied songwriting styles while expanding on the vocal and instrumental blends that first emerged in The Ship and helped create the aura of that concert work. The master tapes for the songs on One More Night... were boxed up in a basement for 35 years before being resurrected and digitized. They reveal a group of young musicians refining their performance sound and compositional sensibilities, while trying to make their way in a tough business. Audio clips and songwriter credits below.
Players: Steve Cowan, Albert Melshenker, Todd Bradshaw, Billy Panda, Mark Hamby
Access: On streaming services search "One More Night Like This, The Ship." For physical CDs at Amazon, enter the UPC code: 884502005844.