||Since I have been given the back cover of this
album to do with as I please, I've decided not to fill it with advertisements for myself
or an explanation of the album's contents. Instead, this might be an altogether proper
place to say thanks . . . to the voice inside who speaks my words with gentle
understanding and asks again to remain nameless, to Anita Kerr who has written such
evocative music to compliment these words, and, above all, on behalf of Anita and myself,
to those of you who buy and play the San Sebastian Strings albums.
One word of caution. This collection of material is not like
anything Anita and I have done together before. True, we like to think of it as an
extension of The Sea, but it is not Son of the Sea or a proper sequel to our first effort.
It has little in common with The Sky and The Earth, and though we'll do other albums
together, it is very unlikely that we will ever again record one quite like this. If you
are thinking of buying it, I urge you to listen to it before doing so or to talk to
someone who has - otherwise there are a good many other, more predictable records I could
suggest for your collection . It is an unusual album, and even Anita and I are not quite
sure why. The truth of the matter is, we planned on something quite different than what we
wound up with.
Rod McKuen, November 1968