Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"... a brilliant amalgam of jazz, pop, blues and classical forms, cleverly developed and timed to make the satiric points stand out in the most vivid musical and theatrical terms." - Peter G. Davis, New York Times Civilization And Its Discontents is a ground-breaking music theater piece, a lively and biting musical satire written and composed jointly by Michael Sahl and Eric Salzman. It was originally a prize-winning off-off-Broadway music theater comedy, and then a music-theater recording for National Public Radio that had one of the largest air plays of any work of its kind - a Prix Italia winner that was aired on radio stations around the world. The recorded form of the work, especially produced for radio and disc by the authors, uses the form of a musical radio drama to capture the dark side of the so-called 'me' generation in a whirlwind of 'break-a-leg' dance music, pick-ups, one-night stands, frantic phone calls, egocentric confrontations and mad man hi jinks.
American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The show involves 29-year-old struggling actress Jill Goodheart and her encounters with boyfriend-fellow actor Derek Dude and hopeful lover and producer Jeremy Jive, who is doing his best to seduce Jill in her apartment. Faustian figure Carlos appears and shows them the Light: control your egos and you will live happily ever after. Mr Sahl is an outstanding pianist and handles his score with exciting virtuosity. This has been revived recently in Europe, and is a load of skillful fun. If you missed it back then, this is a good opportunity to make its acquaintance.
Personnel: Michael Sahl (piano, organ, keyboards); Cleve Pozar (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Radio Station WXXI-FM, Rochester, NY (1978).
Directors: Eric Salzman; Michael Sahl.