Shortly after the tune's release (the
tune was just
recently re- released with nine other cuts on 10" vinyl by Sundazed Records) , the government felt that Neal would be more useful
playing the M-60 machine gun in the Southeast Asian war games. Being the only bass player in the Saigon/Cholon/Tan
Son Nhut area, Neal kept busy playing Country Western, Blues, Rock and Folk music between gigs on the
Shortly after his return to the U.S. in 1969, the political climate in the country inspired Howard to
"get the old squad back together" to play the soundtrack for the Revolution. In 1970, Howard,
and Neal along with Al
Goldberg on drums, Karen Tafejian on keyboard, and Louis Favors on percussion, formed "The Euphoria
Blimpworks Band" and played People's Revolutionary
music all over Chicago. They recorded the "Up From the Sewers" album featuring Howard's
original material and, it too, has become a cult classic.
For you bass players, a family photo of the basses is here.
|Neal, having been a hyperactive child, is into several other fields of endeavor:|