After decades of lending his multi-instrumentalist and composing talents to The Band, Bob Dylan and other notables in the rock world, Garth Hudson finally released his first and so far only solo album. The record features six tracks that show why Garth Hudson is not just a master of many musical styles and traditions, but also a boundary-breaking performer who likes to tell musical tales with great spontaneity and wit. Several centuries of music and continents seem embedded in the elegiac title track, whilst "The Saga Of Cyrus And Mulgrew" is boldly futuristic. Later years found the erstwhile members of the Band occasionally digging into the Grateful Dead's catalogue, and Hudson is no
exception, doing a free jazzy take on "Dark Star" on which he even offers some spoken vocals. Written and performed by a musician who not only played, but also absorbed many different styles of music and made them his own, each track is an adventure. The Band's Levon Helm plays drums on several tracks.