In doing the research for this web page, I came across the reviews that Billboard Magazine
gave out for each of the albums upon their respective releases, and it always surprised me how they almost always are the complete opposite of the other rock critics that I quote.
gives a favorable review to just about every BS&T album, and it seems to me that if they consistently received the backing of COLAMBIA RECORDS, these albums would have performed a lot better in the charts.
Also, it should be noted that in the What Goes Up!
compilation the guy who wrote the liner notes, Al Quaglieri really messed up when it came to this album.
He says that Jerry Fisher left the band after No Sweat
and LaCroix was his replacement for this one. However, the photograph on the EXACT same page as his notes on Mirror Image
contains both Jerry Fisher (On the far left) AND Jerry LaCroix (Second from the right).
Not only that, but they sing duets on the album!! How can he call it "A collection of tunes faintly echoing the legacy of BS&T ... A decent single, "Tell Me That I'm Wrong ... etc"
, when it's obvious he hasn't listened to the record ?
His notes, as well as the track selection, were a real disappointment to me and a lot of other BS&T fans.
I also happen to think that portions of this album are truly high points in the history of BS&T. Particularly the "Mirror Image Suite"
which was composed entirely by the members of the band.
Just about everyone gets into the act, and it's one of the most interesting pieces of jazz-rock or fusion I've ever heard.
Despite the hint of disco on the album, there is still a southern rock feel as well, which is an odd combination if you think about it, but somehow BS&T makes it work.