Reviews: Long, Dee

Like a lighthouse keeper’s beam

Hope — John Woloschuk, Dee Long, Terry Draper

I have no idea how I stumbled across progressive rock band Klaatu—nor did I have any idea that aforesaid stumbling might have been the result of the grim jackboot of socialism stamping on the ears of Canadian radio listeners!

Although certain wild-eyed fans speculated that the band was actually the Beatles, returned under a new name, in fact they were a trio of Canadians: John Woloschuk, Dee Long, and Terry Draper.

Unsurprisingly, given that their band name comes from the name of Michael Rennie’s alien ambassador in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still (which in turn was based on Harry Bates’ short story “Farewell to the Master”), science fiction themes are prominently featured in their oeuvre . Take, for example, their Juno-Award-winning concept album Hope.

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