From The Blue Eagle

 

McGrath...This is my neighbor up the hill, who, when he "went to rearrange a little pile of change that was accumulating on the bar," found the way back to the origin.  Beyond the jargon-remnants of the old philosophies and the new twists of the new religions, the sweet life continues to flow out of these ancient confrontations in the heart.  This is the living poetic business at which McGrath excels.  "I ordered one for the road and what do you know, I end up crying on the back room phone".  Call it clear-eyed and brave or call it inevitable, I doubt that he gives a damn.  It's a life close to the heart that he chooses to lead. That, and a strange mix of Irish pride and Colombian somehow produce these odd openings into Reality we call songs.  They're honest and deep, and mostly humorous.  Sharing them, you will find your own heart: the place that constantly begins. - Tim Hollingsworth






Spaced Out

Acoustic Guitars: Bat McGrath, Don Potter

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Bass: Gary Holt

Drums and Percussion: Larry Londin

Piano: John Capek

Sax: Gerry Niewood

Background Vocals: Fran McKendree

Space Ship: Fred Mollin


Maruda

Acoustic Guitars: Bat McGrath, Don Potter

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Electric Piano: Eric Robertson

Drums: Jorn Anderson

Synthesizer: Matthew McCauley

Percussion Fred Mollin

Background Vocals: Don Potter

Stings arranged and conducted by Matthew McCauley


Fly And The Vision

Acoustic Guitars: Fred Mollin

Electric Guitars: Ethan Porter

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Drums and Percussion: Larrie Londin

Piano: Eric Robertson

Synthesizer: Matthew McCauley

Background vocals: Fran McKendree


Cool Breeze

Acoustic Guitars: Don Potter

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Electric Piano: John Capek

Drums: Larrie Londin

Strings arranged and conducted by Matthew McCauley


Wegmans

Acoustic Guitars: Fred Mollin, Bat McGrath

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Drums: Jorn Anderson

Piano: Eric Robertson


From The The Blue Eagle

   "This is me, I'm at the Blue Eagle"

   Yes, that's right, the redneck bar

   I was havin' a few bears, n' getting high with

   Eddie Schenk

   Then I got to wonderin' how you are


There's a full moon bright, and it's a Saturday night

I don't feel better and you said I would.

Don't tell me lighten-up you know I never could.

I know it's 2am, well ain't you still my friend

You know it's hard to get you off my mind

Hey, I just had to hear you one more time.


I hear you got yourself a job now,

And then in july, you go to Greece.

Well I'm still playing star in all the local bars,

Livin' on pickled eggs n' yeast.

I went to re-arrange a little pile of change that was

accumulating on the bar,

Set my mind on home, but never got that far.

I ordered one for the road, and what do you know,

I end up crying on the back room phone,

Hey, I'll  understand  if you want to go.

      

   "This is me, I'm at the Blue Eagle"

   Yes, that's right, the redneck bar

   I was havin'' a few bears, n' getting high with

   Eddy Schnook

   Then I got to wonderin' how you are


I said I wouldn't write, and baby, just tonight,

I was thinking' I had peace of mind.

Then I just had to here you, one more time.


Acoustic Guitars:  Don Potter, Fred Mollin, Bat McGrath

Electric Guitar:  Ethan Porter

Bass:  Gary Holt

Drums and Percussion:  Larrie Londin

Electric Piano:  John Capek

Background Vocals:  Don Potter

Strings Arranged and Conducted by Matthew McCauley


Crabby

Acoustic Guitar: Fred Mollin

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Pedal Steel Guitar: Ron "the man" Dann

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Drums and Percussion: Larrie Londin

Piano: Eric Robertson

Electric Piano: John Capek:

Sax: Pat LaBarbera

Strings arranged and conducted by Matthew McCauley


Western Florida

Acoustic Guitars: Fred Mollin, Don Potter, Bat McGrath

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Pedal Steel Guitar: Ron Dann

Bass: Tom Szczesniak

Drums and Percussion: Larrie Londin

Tack Piano: Eric Robertson

Background Vocals: Don Potter


John McCloud

Acoustic Guitars: Fred Mollin, Don Potter, Bat McGrath

Electric Guitar: Ethan Porter

Dobros: Don Potter

Bass: Gary Holt

Drums and Percussion: Larrie Londin

Piano: John Capek

Background Vocals: Fred Mollin

Strings arranged and conducted by Matthew McCauley


Faye And Albert

Acoustic Guitars: Don Potter

Bass: Gary Holt

Drum and Percussion: Larrie Londin

Piano: John Capek

Sax: Gerry Niewood

Background Vocals: Don Potter

Brawl: Bat McGrath, Ethan Porter, Fred Mollin


Recorded and mixed at Manta Sound in Toronto, music capital of Canada, by Andy Hermant and Gary Gray, assisted by Sy Potma: August 1976.

Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Master Disk, N.Y.C.


Concert master: Albert Pratz


Special thanks to Lenny Silver, Doug Belscher, Ron Pawley,

Bernie Kimpal, Dick Zicari, the Weingartners, the McGraths, Nancy, and the Vision

Produced By Fred Mollin and Matthew McCauley