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Earth Opera come off better than many Boston Sound groups because they had chart success and sported some credible players, i.e. Peter Rowen and David Grisman. John Cale plays on the second album and Jac Hotzman is the production supervisor for both albums.
Earth Opera did everything with an appealing confidance. Sophisticated arrangements compliment their accomplished playing. Lyrics avoid the trite. It all adds up to a quality work that can be appreciated today. Earth Opera had a folk/bluegrass influence that the rest of the groups did not have. Some have hailed Earth Opera as the best Boston Sound group and there is a good case to be made for that.
They displayed strong opposition to the Vietnam War in their lyrics and album covers. The album cover of their second LP entitled The Great American Eagle Tragedy has the US presidential seal with a superimposed death skull and what looks like blood stains. This is music with a lot of weight.
Even though Home to You was the hit on the second album it's the title song The American Eagle Tragedy that is the striking cut. This dramatic anti-war epic was played on the radio back in 1967 and never failed to have an emotional impact. Unfortunately it rings true today with our current war problems.
You can get the two Earth Opera albums on CD here www.woundedbird.com/
in Billboard Magazine 4/5/1969