31 March 2015
The history of the Highway starts in 1965 when two Fairmont, Minnesota bands, "The Pacers" and "The Corvairs", joined together and formed "The Epicureans".
The Epicureans in 1965 from left to right: Wayne Wolters (bass guitar), Steve Murphy (vocals and lead guitar), Jerry Clark (vocals, rhythm guitar and sax), Phil Messerli (vocals and organ) and Tom Brockman (vocals and drums)
Eventually "The Epicureans" became Highway in 1972. The Highway album was recorded in 1975 at Westminster Studio, outside Fort Dodge, Iowa and privately released in 500 copies.
At this time Highway was formed by "Steve Murphy" (guitars and vocals), "Eric Bannister" (bass guitar) and "Dan Cammarata" (drums).
Highway was an "unusual power trio album that's one of the best of its kind. It's hard but not heavy; there's not a single distorted guitar to be heard. What you get instead are intricate, complex riffs and hooks a-plenty in which speed and agility take precedence over pure noise.
The drums and bass compensate by being loud and frantic.
The production, on the other hand, is thin and trebly. As usual with this kind of band, lyrics are not their strong point, but the vocals are quite agreeable, not macho or obnoxious at all" (Aaron Milenski).
The sound is raw and the impression of having been recorded in one take.