IN THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN I SEARCH FOR A LIFE OF LOVIN' YOU MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVIN' HERE AND NOW...
Evolving out of the remains of The Ashes, which had included Brackett, Merrill and Robinson, they recorded their first 45 for Vault before signing with the major-label Columbia in November 1966. Much of their material was written by Brackett and Merrill and produced by Gary Usher. It was well produced and often orchestrated. Their first album was a fine debut. The stand-out track was Then Came Love, a beautiful love song on which Sandy's gorgeous voice was supported by excellent orchestration. Also of note were the goodtime sounds of You Took Too Much and Why Did I Get So High? which sounds like an anti-drug song. The chorus lyrics to this one were:-
"Why did I get so high?' Just to fall from the sky Why did I get so high? Just to see our love die Oh, why did I get so high?" (from Why Did I Get So High?)
The second LP was in similar vein, bursting with ravishing harmonies and psychedelic lyrics (e.g. "Everyone has a bomb / In their mind / And when it explodes / Blows your mind" from the transcendent Living, Loving Life). The single off the album, Turn On A Friend found its way on to the Rock Machine Turns You On compilation.
However, the end of the flower-power era sounded the death knell for the band. Their third album dispensed with the folk-rock and psychedelia in favour of gospel-rock and gruff male vocals fronting horns and girlie choruses (the CD bonus tracks, however, do include a couple of glorious Barbara Robinson vocal performances). After the album's failure, Al Brackett went into session and production work, Lance Fent played for Randy Meisner and Bill Wolff (who'd also played with Sound Machine) later joined Fusion. Sadly, Sandy Robinson died a few years back.