Simply, ISB had just been dropped by Elektra & Island needed an album fast from them.
They didn't even have enough tracks for one side, until they dredged up See All The People, live gem from 1968. Vishangro is also superb, the rest of side one looks or rather sounds slung together in a great hurry and adds nothing and added nothing then to their fast-diminishing reputation.
Still think as I did then that the women added little to Robin & Mike's chemistry in the studio, though they helped sustain the live act in a new format. Not that I preferred that to their original shows c 1966-68, but credit where it's due.
The problem is side 2. It's the incidental music to the film/home movie they were making at the time(stills on the cover as you'll see). What better way, as an Island record exec than to start your new group off with an album to trailer the film?
Well, two wee problems. The film sort of got held up in editing. Held up thirty years, that is, so no box-office double whammy there. The film was incomprehensible crap, but, hey, this WAS 1971, man, and its' release then could have made a difference to their fortunes.
The big huge of a problem is the music. No vocals, just a few sound effects dubbed on to musical wanderings that don't make a lot of point of progress, and without the sort of instrumental prowess that MIGHT have left Mingus or Clapton get away with it.
I could tell you what I thought of it then & now. But I'd prefer the review to be published by Amazon!!
So, a hugely disappointing start on the new label. Would it get any better?