Trying to compete with Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Ritchie Furay for creative space within Buffalo Springfield, it’s not surprising bassist Bruce Palmer never wrote or sang any material for the short lived super-group (before they knew they were super). Before Buffalo’s breakup, and after years of dealing with pot busts and Canadian deportation issues, Palmer would eventually channel his individuality into his only solo album, The Cycle Is Complete – an esoteric, instrumental LP made up of 4 folky/jazzy jam improvisations, backed by members of the 60s group Kaleidoscope… and funkster Rick James (before he knew he was Rick James, bitch!). The All Music Guide, giving it 4-1/2 stars, suggests “the end result is something along the lines of latter-era Traffic and the psychedelic soul of Rotary Connection.” The album was, as you might imagine, totally ignored. Afterwards, Palmer would disappear from the radar, resurfacing in the 80s for a brief period with Neil and a couple different Springfield revival bands in the 90s. Too bad… he had a lot to offer creatively, which this LP makes clear. Amazon.
Calm Before The Storm (9:55)