In the early days, from 1983 to 1989, Stratus leased a little warehouse space in a light industrial area in southwest Houston. We met there three or four nights a week to rehearse and record, sometimes until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, drinking beer we'd purchased from a nearby convenience store. It was almost Heaven. The collection of personalities was almost as unique as our surroundings: Paul Chester, the practice-obsessed consummate musician, Dave Nichols, the meticulous and brilliant engineer and flawless bass technician, Brian Hull (AKA the Baboon), and me, just trying to keep up. ;Sadly, we exerted much effort for little reward. For years, hundreds of hours of work lay in tape cases, abandoned for our later and more polished 'Hyperbole' sessions (our first release). Shortly before his death, Dave expressed interest in releasing this music, going so far as to provide copies of the old tapes for Paul and Me. It took us a while to get the recordings mastered, but we obviously agreed.So when you listen to this music, realize that as imperfect as it may be, it represents a rare instance when four musicians shared a distinct and focused vision, Somewhere, Dave is checking this project off his day planner. We miss you pal. Ted Wenlinski.