"...(Klaatu) offered a tight, fast paced act that seemed at odds with
Klaatu's inexperience in front of an audience. The band members seemed
comfortable on stage, and their appreciation of the enthusiastic response
from the audience was obvious. The hits - including The Love of a Woman
and Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft - drew the biggest response,
although all the material was first rate. Klaatu's material is thinking-man's
rock 'n' roll, with intelligent lyrics and music a cut above the usual."
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD
"Klaatu surprised those of us in the audience who were expecting to hear the band's trademark fluffy fantasy rock. While looking like hippies caught in a time warp, Klaatu's sound was anything but pacific.
In songs like Sell Out, the six-member group churned out a heavily keyboard-oriented
sound. On others, like the sentimental ballad, A Million Miles Away, the
Beatlesque harmonies, airy melodies and synthesized orchestration transport
the listener back to the psychedelic era of the 60's. Indeed, Klaatu's
music owes little to any modern musical trends. While some might consider
them anachronisms, the key members of Klaatu, Dee Long, John Woloschuk,
and Terry Draper, chart their own musical course without heed to anyone
but themselves and their frantical cult following."
"The Max Bell Arena belonged to Toronto's Klaatu, who took the crowd of about 3,000 on a musical mystery tour the likes of which they probably had never experienced before. Klaatu dazzled the curious crowd with a brilliantly paced set, effortlessly combining both pop and esoteric material from the group's five albums.
However, what made Monday night at Max Bell Arena all the more amazing
was that this was the group's first tour ever. And for those who came not
knowing what to expect, they went home ecstatic. The crowd literally buzzed
with excitement throughout the show, ending in a crescendo of applause
when the band rounded out its set with Calling Occupants of Interplanetary
Craft. Even without a sound check, Klaatu proved it was far from being
just a studio band."
THE CALGARY SUN
Although the set was short, less than 45 minutes, Klaatu gave the audience
more than it could possibly have hoped for in terms of quality. Naturally,
the band's best known radio hits, Sub Rosa Subway and Calling Occupants
of Interplanetary Craft, were by far the best received. The numbers transferred
well to stage. The band used three synthesizer keyboards to fill out the
sound, and Draper and Woloschuk displayed their best Lennon/McCartney harmonies.
Both numbers earned them a standing ovation and over-all, both the older
material and the harder-edged songs from their latest album were delivered
with verve and precision. The whole set really made me wonder why they
had waited so long."
TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL
"Klaatu in finally making their Toronto debut after almost eight years
were absolutely sensational. Looking like a group of bedraggled roadies,
Klaatu attacked their mountain of equipment and succeeded in duplicating
the majestic sweeps of their studio sound. Standards like Sub Rosa Subway
and Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft all received riotous applause
which climaxed in a standing ovation when Terry Draper, Dee Long and John
Woloschuk returned to perform Blue Smoke as an encore."
MUSIC EXPRESS - December 1981
Outside of Canada, the availability of lyric sheets depends solely on the individual record company branches in each particular country, and unhappily as a result, some record albums manufactured and released outside of Canada do not contain reprinted copies of lyric sheets.
We suggest that the avid collector living outside of Canada may wish to order imports of Canadian pressings through his or her local record store but this could be an expensive venture. For those of you unable to do so, we have decided to begin reprinting the lyrics of selected Klaatunes from the various albums starting with this issue of the Morning Sun and continuing in subsequent issues. The first of these lyric reprints appears below:
Right now if we wait for the opportunity
Then we would see the sun is reversing
Ahh.... plasticine walls forever and overly happy
With your aloof scene
Go off the ledge to snow, wish them goodnight
Oh gorgeous madman...you're illuminated
Ahh.... if he preached the words they beat on
And ignored him.... with their moral in lust
Whose four-inch dagger blind your mother's eye to stop
Ooh are you ugly, silly boys love you
Yeah.... sit up, they're armed with hooks they'll harm her
You're smashed with Ignace
Hark and enamour me
May I survive?
Ah, Sir Army Suit
A. When asked this question, bandmember Terry Draper replied as follows: "About halfway through the recording of the first Klaatu album we realized that it was time we started thinking about the concept for the cover artwork. Amongst ourselves, we agreed that in absence of any photos of the bandmembers themselves or personal bio-type information on the record sleeve, we would need some visual focal point with which Klaatu could be associated. A personality of an entity rather than of individual egos. The "logo" as it were would have to be some image that was instantly recognizable and yet carried with it some form of esoteric significance. Down through the history of most religions, the sun has always been a prominent symbol, "the giver of life", the source of all energy. For some unknown reason, the idea just instinctively felt "right" to all of us so we commissioned artist, Ted Jones, to have a go at it. When he returned to us with his finished Mona Lisan Sun, we knew that we had found what we'd been looking for in the way of our "trademark". In fact, it was decided then and there that the "sun" image would have to appear somewhere or in some form on every subsequent album cover for the sake of continuity.
The story behind the mouse was more accidental then intentional. In designing the first album cover, we asked Ted to do a Beatrix Potter number on the foreground and asked him to put in assorted furry creatures, insects and plants. So off he went with his brushes and paints not to be heard from for several weeks. In the meantime, back in the recording studio, we were busily working on "Little Neutrino", a mammoth task, and it was getting close to the end of a long day, about four o'clock in the morning or so, when suddenly while listening to a play back of "Neutrino" we heard this loud "squeak" at the end of the tune. The problem was we couldn't figure out how it got on tape...we didn't put it there. Somebody said it must have been a mouse in the control room and everyone had a chuckle and that was the end of it...or so we thought. The next day Ted arrived with his finished artwork, and lo and behold right there on the front cover was...you guessed it, a mouse. Being avid believers in the mysterious workings of Fate at that time, we felt we had no choice but to officially pronounce Ted's mouse as our mascot and he has been with us ever since."
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