Much of this album is blues-based, definitely providing a link to Hartley’s past successes, but there's a progressive edge here, too. Keysman Mel Simpson adds some proggy synth parts to a lot of the tunes here, plus some tasty Hammond work. Miller Anderson's dense guitarwork is probably of paramount interest here, but Dog Soldier were really a talented ensemble. Vocals by Paul Bliss (also the bass player) likewise impress.
Of the songs, Several People (the lone Hartley-penned number) is the one out-and-out classic, with the aforementioned proggy keys, dazzlingly melodic guitar lines and a haunting melody to die for. There's some more extended, jamming workouts on the longer pieces (You Are My Spark and Looks Like Rain), but even the lesser songs on the disc have something to recommend them. Definitely worth the effort.
Paul Bliss went on to form his own group, the Steely Dan-inspired Bliss Band, who made two albums. As for Dog Soldier, their one album made a brief appearance on CD under the slightly confusing title Dog Soldier Featuring The Keef Hartley Band.