"Fat City", recorded in 1967, is a foreshadowing of the great things to come from the Sons of Champlin's 1968 "Loosen Up Naturally". Vocally, Bill Champlin is THE West-coast teen-age incarnation of Lou Rawls. It's kind of like the first time I heard Stevie Winwood, thinking he sounded like Ray Charles on helium, only way better. Tim Cain's vocals reminded me how cool were "Why Do People Run From the Rain" and "It's Time" from the Sons' Blue Album (out of print). The harmonies that we hear on Loosen Up Naturally's "Hello Sunlight" and "Get High" are a descendant from the cool voicings on Fat City's "Sing Me a Rainbow" and "She Said". Rhythmically, "Fat City" has some funky beats. Instrumentally, the Sons had yet to find their collective instrumental voices. Terry Haggerty's song, "Say You Know", is called derivative of Moby Grape in the liner notes. That is true, but is also a foreshadowing of the more recent version of "Follow Your Heart" from the Sons' "Circle Filled with Love". Lyrically, the Sons had not yet developed the spiritual message of the unity of our souls but that would come later after some state alterations. This CD's historical value is worth the purchase price. It shows the Sons' early musical influences and what was set aside in favor of the sound that developed and Sons' fans came to know and love. The liner notes are fun. They reference the Kinston Trio, We Five, Paul Simon, the Beau Brummels and the Monkees. It kind of puts things into perspective. The notes mention the Sons made numerous mistakes in their twelve-year career with the recording industry and their career. Before the Sons, they were called Hugh Jardin & the Masterbeats. No true Sons' fan will ever forget Yogi Phlegm.