Jerry Fisher: Lead Vocals, background vocals
Bobby Colomby: Drums, percussion, and background vocals
Jim Fielder: Fender bass and rhythm guitar
Larry Willis: Acoustic, Electric Piano, clavinet, organ, Moog
George Wadenius: Acoustic and electric guitars, bg vocals.
Lew Soloff: First trumpet and flugelhorn
Dave Bargeron: Tenor and bass trombone
Lou Marini Jr.: Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bari-Sax, flutes.
Tom Malone: Second trumpet and flugelhorn, tenor trombone, tenor saxaphone, flute, alto flute, fender bass.
Steve Katz: Rhythm Guitar on Rollercoaster
Jimmy Meaulen: Percussion on Rollercoaster
Frank Ricotti: Conga on Almost Sorry and Inner Crisis
Paul Buckmaster: ARP on My Old Lady
Steve Tyrell: Percussion on Empty Pages
Chuck WInfield: French horn and flugelhorn on Mary Miles
Soul Chorus: Valerie Simpson, Joshie Armstead, Maeretha Stewart
August 4, 1973, Billboard Magazine Wrote:
Jerry Fisher's vocals propel the band into happy pop waters. His voice has the gravely, gutsy quality that represents a pop/blues situation, and it it works well within the structure of this quasi-jazz band. The LP was recorded in New York and London, adding an international quality to the band's scope and influence. Horns and reeds bristle, the rhythm is consistently driving, but not obnoxious, an electric piano adds soft fills and powering chord blocks. The LP is a matched effort in terms of vocal attacks and 'instrumental' skills. The band roars with all its magnificence, but switches gears easily on the slow "Django" excerpt. Ther are no surprises here for BS&t buffs; the music remains on the high level of proficiency that has marked its point position of being a leading contemporary big band. Best cuts: "My Old Lady," Rollercoaster," "Save Our Ship."
(c) 1973 Billboard Magazine
Jeremiah Rickert writes:
Although for the most part, I prefer Clayton-Thomas' vocals to those of Jerry Fisher, this album simply rocks the pants off other albums on the whole. Most BS&T albums have hard driving cuts on them, but this one has seven of them. The horn section is probably the most virtuoso of the bunch as well, including Lou Marini Jr., Tom Malone, Lew Soloff, and Dave Bargeron. Tom Malone is practically a horn section in himself, playing Trombone, all the saxes, flute, and Trumpet. They're extremely tight, and I'm lucky to have video of that group in the studio and on the German show The Beat Club. This is my overall favorite BS&T album. I was disappointed that the What Goes Up! compilation only included "Rollercoaster." I would have like to have seen at least "Rosemary" and "Back Up Against the Wall." However, "Empty Pages," "Save our Ship," and "Hip Pickles" deserved to be heard as well.