There's a TV interview with Del Shannon currently available online. Conducted in the mid 80s, it's fairly typical inane US daytime fare. Del essentially dismisses this album and the whole 'getting to the truth of things' ethos that typified late '60s pop, conceding in effect that there's not much more to him than the (admittedly wonderful) early classic, 'Runaway'. It's sad. The fact is that this LP is as vaultingly ambitious and accomplished as any other great pop-psych record of the time, certainly a worthy complement to The Zombies' 'Odessey & Oracle', for instance. By turns beautifully dreamlike and wallopingly intense, with soaring baroque pop arrangements, great guitar playing and forceful, dynamic vocals that match Tim Buckley or Neil Young at their best, it's a fully realised concept and a transporting listening experience, with a brooding undercurrent of desperation and darkness underpinning the whole affair. A lost psychedelic gem.