I live in the home town of this band and saw them live five times at the time of their album releases, and knew a couple of the members casually. By far the best concert was upon the release of this album which opened with a LOUD Starbright,Starlight as does the album. I go to concerts regularly and Gravy Train ranks up there as one of the best (without lasers and fancy lights). Staircase to the Day is a more polished and professional product than their earlier albums which could have and should have been taken further. They explore different styles, from the all out rockin' jam of "Busted in..", to more peaceful ballads (Ballad of a Peaceful Man being an earlier album) like Bring My Life On Back To Me. This track is not about a nuclear war but about the troubles in Northern Ireland and has a similar chord structure to the intro of Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd only with considerably more feeling. Norman Barrett holds everything together with his highly emotive guitar work and powerful vocals, and this, along with the keyboards which replaced the flute and sax of the other albums, makes Staircase.. a showpiece for one of rock's smaller gems.