my opinion the combination of Mark Volman, Howard
Kaylan, Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, Jim Pons
(originally, Jeff Simmons), and Don Preston
(originally, George Duke) is the closest Frank
ever came to having a "real band". In
every other case, Frank's personality
over-shadows the others. Not so, here.
person in this case was capable of adding their
own special "flavor" to the music. (The
exception being George Duke, who didn't blossom
until his return with the '74 band.)
group had it all, both vocally and musically, and
despite sounding "under-rehearsed" at
times, was capable of delivering complex
arrangements with style and attitude. Their
"loose" sound is a testament to how
comfortable they were with the material rather
than any indication of inability.
East showcases the
"vaudeville" aspect that this band was
so good at.
can bet that when the band breaks into Happy
Together after the groupie
tells Howard, "now sing me that (hit)
record, and I wanna hear it right now, or you
ain't drivin' nowhere tonight, buddy!", the
audience was completely theirs.