Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
US country-rock band formed '74 by Rick Roberts (b '50, FL), who had joined Flying Burrito Brothers for third LP '71; after they split that year he made LPs for A&M Windmills '72, She Is A Song '73 with superstar friends Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Joe Walsh, Chris Hillman etc, later anthologized in Best Of. Left LA for Boulder, formed group with ex-Byrd/Burrito Michael Clarke (first met when Roberts sessioned on Byrds' Untitled '70). Recruited guitarist Jock Bartley (b Kansas), formerly with Gram Parsons's Fallen Angels, then Tommy Bolin's replacement in Zephyr; Mark Andes (ex- Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne; later to Heart); Larry Burnette (b Wash. DC) played guitar, wrote some material. Album Firefall '76 showed bright harmony sounds in West Coast Eagles/Poco mould; David Muse provided keyboards on all LPs, though not officially a member. First incl. 'You Are The Woman', no. 9 single; Luna Sea '77 incl. 'Cinderella', 'Just Remember I Love You'; Elan '78 'Strange Way'; LPs each sold a million. Undertow '80 had hit 'Headed For A Fall'; Clouds Across The Sun '81 incl. 'Staying With It' with vocal by Lisa Nemzo (their last top 40 single at no. 37, also incl. in Best Of '81); Mirror Of The World '83 was prod. by Ron and Howard Albert. All undemanding stuff, perfect for US radio; reissues on Rhino.