Songs that Sergio should have arranged and Lani should have sung

Michael Hagerty

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Crystal Illusions did get some radio play in the Eastern area of Virginia back in 1969. it was played in the mornings on one local station. People I knew thought it was a great song.
The first time I heard "Crystal Illusions" was on a foggy Sunday morning in Los Angeles on KGIL. I bought the album that afternoon. But it didn't get a lot of airplay, by any means.
 
Actually, the promo copy that radio played was 3:50, and a lot of stations faded early.

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I have never seen that promo single. We had one station that faded out the "Let The Sunshine In" Before Billy's freestyle portion
but all the others in this market played it full. Eventually the station that faded it out started playing the full version. The promo version might be what was used on the Greatest Hits album. "Greatest Hits On Earth" on Bell Records used the full version.
 

Harry

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Philly's WFIL-FM played the whole CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS album. They had a weekly album feature where every few hours -I still recall at about the :25 position on the clock - they'd play a track from the featured album. The "Crystal Illusions" track had to start a little earlier, though. But I already owned the album by then, so it was already familiar territory for me.
 

Harry

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That same WFIL-FM did something similar with "Aquarius". Basically they played the full album version of the first song and then faded when Billy started his "freestyle" vocals. That way, the song "Aquarius" got its full length treatment.
 
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