From Wayne Joplin:
The LP was recorded in Carlinville, Illinois in the winter of '67-'68. It was actually recorded in the basement of the administration building of Blackburn College where all of the band members were students.
The 12 tracks were all original songs written by Ron O'Dell or myself. Ron and I had been in other groups separately and together for several years. I had connections with Director Records ( a custom label subsidiary of RCA). Ron had written a few tunes that were in a register too high for either of us to sing and we brought Dick on board to sing on the LP.
Steve Oberman did the engineering and editing as well as " borrowing" the college's equipment which consisted of four old Electrovoice mics and a PA amplifier which served as our mixer. The 12 tracks were recorded live unless Oberman worked some kind of magic on the two track tape recorder when we weren't in the basement. Gary Walden was the percussionist and Bob Rentz was the keyboard player.
The real musician and "genius" behind the group was probably O'Dell. Dick had a good tenor voice, Rentz was a good organist, and Gary was a great drummer.
I knew about six chords on guitar, could play mediocre bass and could sing a little. We only played one time live as MM although O'Dell and I had played with another band called Shane several times live. MM was put together to record the songs that Ron and I had worked on since '65.
Ironically neither O'Dell or myself were happy with the recording.
We were actually embarrassed by it.
From Dick Leighninger
We are NOT the band described in www.myfirstband.com