‘And A Million Copies Made . . .’

It’s Memorial Day here in the United States. It’s a day to remember those who gave all in the service of their country.

And it’s a day to hope that someday, no one will be called to give all ever again.

Mason Proffit’s cover of the late Ed McCurdy’s iconic folk song, “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream,” was the title track to the group’s third album, released in 1971.

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One Response to “‘And A Million Copies Made . . .’”

  1. David Lenander says:

    One of the first albums I ever bought. I wanted the first album, but it wasn’t available for a while (eventually, I got a cut-out, but maybe not until after Warner Bros. issued it as part of COME & GONE). In the end, I may like this the best of their albums. It’s probably the most political, with other anti-war songs as “Eurgene Pratt,” and the hardest rocking. The title song is a little quieter than most of the rest of it. Their version of this essentially happy song is pretty dirgey, though, as if they’ve lost hope that it will ever come true, even if they do sing it with some passion. Their minor hit song from the same album, “Hope,” which got a lot of airplay in the twin cities, was a lot more optimistic. The album was on Ampex (like GREAT SPECKLED BIRD) and may have suffered from the distribution problems that label had. Their earlier label was Happy Tiger, I think (or maybe Wooden Nickel), but after they were signed to Warner, I don’t think they ever lived up to their potential. I remember reading that they were the highest grossing act on the circuit for one year in the early 70s, but the article basically said it was because they toured so inveterately that year and practically every other big name act had decided to stay home. This was the only one of their 5 albums to be unavailable on iTunes for a long time, but it’s up, now.

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