Light Years Later
Bullseye Records BLP-CD 4010
The name, Terry Draper, may not be familiar to you, at first. But, if you have ever heard a Klaatu song, then you know Terry Draper. He was one of the lead singers and songwriters for the group. This Canadian group reached international fame with a rumour that they just might be The Beatles under a pseudonym. After all, Ringo's album, Ringo, featured his face superimposed over the body of Klaatu (from the film, The Day The Earth Stood Still). The Klaatu song, Sub Rosa Subway, was very Beatle-sounding, and the title was very similar to Paul's Red Rose Speedway. Also, Klaatu's first album was on a label, Daffodil (kinda like Apple) that was distributed by Capitol Records in America (GRT Records, in Canada). You could not have asked for better PR!
It must have been challenging for the group to be mistaken for The Beatles, with the release of their first album. How could they live up to that kind of expectation or pressure? Could they continue to produce a high-quality product? Yes. The group went on to have a half-dozen hits and released four more albums and a greatest hits package.
Terry's new album is a gem. It shines. He crosses the Klaatu sound with that of the Moody Blues. The tradition of the famous Klaatu art covers, by Ted Jones, is continued. Ted's imagery of the mythical, Klaatu airship emerging from a dark, stormy sky towards a lush, land of rainbows is very positive.
The CD opens with We're Not Alone, a song that was originally destined for a Klaatu reunion album. Co-written by Terry and former Klaatu member, John Woloschuk, it also features the musical talents of the other Klaatu member, Dee Long.
The entire album promotes hopeful notions. Songs like It's A Beautiful Day, My Girl Overseas, and Family, and even the more sombre, Here's To You, Fly Away, and the title track, Light Years Later are inspirational.
Winter In Peru is a previously unreleased Klaatu song, with all members present. Who Is That Girl is a soft, delightful song. Fly Away, could easily be a sequel to Klaatu's December Dream (a song about John Lennon's death, although Fly Away is not specifically about John Lennon.)
Back In Acapulco is Terry doing Jimmy Buffett, while Be With You is a simple, love song. I Don't Care About That might be considered an anti-love song, about the breakup of a marriage.
The album closes with Sunset Years. This track screams to be a Klaatu song. It is reminiscent of Little Neutrino, with the drums exploding and harmonic electric guitars. But, a secret song, Good Night Sleepy Heads actually ends the CD. This charming lullaby is in the same vein as The Beatles' Good Night, or Lennon's Beautiful Boy.
This might be
considered a transitional album for Terry Draper. It
is difficult to
separate him from the group with whom
he is so closely
identified. Even Terry must admit this, with the inclusion of the two Klaatu tracks.
Run to your local
CD store and buy this album. If you have difficulty
finding it, then
contact Legend Records in Ottawa at (613) 596-5766,
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