1980 Klaatu – Endangered Species

Endangered Species is the fourth and penultimate album by the Canadian progressive rock band Klaatu, released in mid-1980. The music on the album was a stark contrast from any other Klaatu album, as it featured only standard, radio-friendly pop rock songs, as opposed to the usual unconventional, ambitious progressive and psychedelic rock sound they were known for. The band had virtually no artistic control over the music on the record; it was more a project of Capitol Records. To quote the Official Klaatu Website’s FAQ (by Dave Bradley):

“An outside producer was brought in, most of the instruments were played by Los Angeles based session musicians, and the band members were asked to add their voices and (usually) one lead instrument per song. The band was sent home before the album was even mixed.” For more information about this story read this interview on their website.

To add to this, the session musicians overdubbed most of the very few recorded parts by the band. In a question and answer session with fans, John Woloschuk, bass player of Klaatu, explained that all of Dee Long’s lead guitar parts were overdubbed by Chris Bond, with the only exception being Long’s guitar solo on “Sell Out, Sell Out.

Tracks

1  I Can’t Help It (Dee Long) 3:37
2  Knee Deep In Love (Dino Tome; John Woloschuk) 3:12
3  Paranoia (John Woloschuk) 4:08
4  Howl At The Moon (Dino Tome; John Woloschuk) 3:27
5  Set The World On Fire (John Woloschuk) 4:14
6  Hot Box City (Dee Long) 3:46
7  Dog Star (Dee Long) 4:11
8  Sell Out, Sell Out (John Woloschuk) 4:49
9  All Good Things (John Woloschuk) 1:55

Media

Musicians

BassJohn Woloschuk
DrumsTerry Draper
GuitarJohn Woloschuk
KeyboardsJohn Woloschuk
VocalsDee Long
VocalsJohn Woloschuk
VocalsTerry Draper

Other Musicians

DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarChristopher Bond
Acoustic GuitarChristopher Bond
KeyboardsRichard Kerr
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
KeyboardsTom Hensley
SaxTom Scott
SaxErnie Watts
SaxJim Horn
TrumpetChuck Findley
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionBobbye Hall
Background VocalsChristopher Bond

Liner Notes

Producer – Christopher Bond
Arranged By – Christopher Bond
Mastered By – Wally Traugott

Cover – Ted Jones

Manufactured By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Produced For – Christopher Bond Productions, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles
Published By – Klaatoons, Inc.
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering