This winter Edgar Froese broke his arm and fractured his jaw, and at the same time Linda got very ill, according to the statements from Eastgate.
As a matter of fact, the logistically advanced prog cruise, Cruise To Edge, had to do without one of the main attractions, and a considerable amount of ticketholders, had to submit to great dissapointment.
As a kind of compensation, Cruise To Destiny was released a month later, and boasted of being a recording from the rehearsal sessions, where sixty percent of the final repertoire was committed to tape.
One could have hoped for a kind of ”live in the studio” release. Instead we get – after preference – half a Booster or a double ”cupdisc”.
It is unbelivably hard to spot anything live at all. Many of the cuts (including guitar solos) sound completely copy-pasted from their respective releases, and the (re-)recordings were probably those intended for the cupdisc to be sold on the ferry.
It's not that you can't enjoy the music, as it appears. Good gracious, ”Betrayal” shines by the use of themes from the second side of the Stratosfear LP, and my door is always open for ”Too Hot For My Chinchilla”.
What annoys me though, is that Cruise To Destiny, in reality, is a yet another mediocre compilation, that we have come to know so thoroughly. When the pictures in the booklet actually testifies that the band had lined up the heavy live artillery, it is a shame that the bridges between tracks, as well as the more live sounding instruments have vapourized. Starmus – Sonic Universe, released the same day, is fortunately of a completely different calibre.