Third Flight

Formerly the Sensations, Third Flight landed at YoDi’s door in East St. Louis as a cohesive unit looking to get in where they fit in. Their damaged eponymous anti-drug ode, written by Belgian Conrad, appeared on YoDi 1003 in 1970. The flip, “Love Love Love,” was issued a second time with its instrumental on the b-side, though the circumstances surrounding the replacement remain clouded. Conrad had led a life riddled by misfortune and chronic illness and lay dying in the hospital as Merry put final studio touches on Third Flight’s only recorded tracks. In a gesture of compassion and community, the rest of the group—Bobby Waters, Michael Lee, and Richard Hancock—hauled a tape machine into Conrad’s room so he could hear the final mix. He wouldn’t live to see its pressing.

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