First, some history. New Zealand
born singer Dave Miller arrived in Sydney during 1966 with his band the Byrds.
After a couple of singles the band fell apart and in 1967 Miller formed the Dave
Miller Set. Signed up by the Spin label this outfit issued three strong pop singles.
By this stage Robinson had emerged as a fluid and inventive guitarist, and after
a couple of line-up changes the Dave Miller Set attained prominence as one of
the first heavy rock bands on the local scene in the Led Zeppelin mould. The fourth
single 'Mr Guy Fawkes', was a cover of song by Eire Apparent and ranks right up
there at the high watermark of Australian pop production in the 1960's. However
by the time it reached #6 on the charts the band was on its last legs. Miller
issued a solo single in March 1970 and the other three formed Blackfeather with
singer Neale Johns. Corbett and McCormac soon abandoned Blackfeather to work with
Miller on an album. Issued at the end of 1970 on Spin (through Festival), 'Reflections
Of A Pioneer' was credtited to Dave Miller / Leith Corbett & Friends. The
albums diverse sound was exemplified by the single 'Reflections Of A Pioneer /
353527 Charles' (November 1970) which mixed country-tinged psychedelic pop (A-side)
with Led Zep. style blues-rock (B-side). As the album progresses it slides into
stranger territory, with the last three tracks in particular giving full vent
to the experimental aesthetic that seems to be bubbbling away underneath. The
sturdy 'Your Own Motor Car' gives way to the intriguing twists and turns of the
Zapppaesque 'In Your Mind' which also sounds remarkably like Love's 'Orange Skies'
at times.'It's Great To Get Up In The Morning' ends the album on high with its
eerie chanting and all manner of psychedelic sounds. The album sold relatively
few copies and is now considered to be one of the rarest seventies Australian
albums! Mastered from the original tapes, this CD comes in the original artwork
with added liner notes.