Despite being saddled with one of the worst band names ever (the liner notes keep repeating, "All That The Name Implies is…All That The Name Implies…), this New York coed quintet's sole album (originally released on the short-lived ESP-Disk subsidiary, Oro in 1968 and later reissued on ESP itself) is accompanied by both sides of the two pre-LP singles they recorded the same year, which represent some of their best work; in fact, three of the sides were re-recorded – not necessarily for the better – for the LP. The best of the bonus tracks – and the one not repeated on the album – is their debut single, "Black Tuesday," a powerful story song. The folkier arrangement of its B-side, "Liar" is also nicely reminiscent of John Sebastian's early solo material.
The album itself is a laidback, mellow, folky affair with 6-and 12-string acoustic guitars, congas, flutes, and tambourines that's been descibed as "communal hippie folk." "Lemon Train" opens the set with a funky, Peter, Paul & Mary vibe, although the vocal harmonies are a little rough around the edges. I also liked "Your Day," a gorgeously smooth It's A Beautiful Day-like groove that sounds like an unplugged rendition of "White Bird" minus the violin.
The album's centerpiece is a seven-minute tribute to legendary folk singer, Fred Neil ("Dedication: Fred Neil (River Trilogy)"), an interesting, but flawed experiment: the three songs, "Noah's Dove," "A Man Is," and "The Water Is Wide" are each sung by a different vocalist…concurrently! So while you get three songs for the price of one (literally!) – you can't really hear or focus on any of them, and the result is just a hodgepodge of voices coming at you from all directions that it is completely disorienting and as weird as just about anything on the label that virtually defined the term "eclectic"!
Overall, this should appeal to fans of labelmates, Pearls Before Swine, as well as other early acoustic pop-folkies like Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio, Harpers Bizarre, and The Rooftown Singers. With respect to the latter, "Liar," in particular has a groovy, hootenanny vibe. 7/10 -- Jeff Penczak (29 October, 2008)