If you're a fan of prog rock, the name Shadowfax will probably make you run, as would probably everything on the Windham Hill label. Would it surprise you that Shadowfax actually started as a prog rock band? In 1976 they released their debut album, Watercourse Way. Of course, the most common version is on the Windham Hill label from the 1980s and was apparently remixed to appeal to the more "New Age" crowd. This is the original on Passport Records, a label that released many great prog albums through the years (like Brand X, Fireballet, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Nektar, Capability Brown, and much more). Chuck Greenberg is the main guy in the band, as always, and even this early in their career, he still played Lyricon, but what you get here is varied prog rock, from fusion-oriented pieces, with even a little Mellotron (keyboardist Doug Maluchnik is credited to Chamberlin, but apparently he told Andy Thompson of Planet Mellotron website fame that he indeed used a Mellotron M400 on the album) to more medieval-influenced stuff, a lot of it surprisingly complex, and everything in between. The original LP is a huge shock for me given how Shadowfax traveled the New Age route in the 1980s on Windham Hill. Of course, they weren't the only ones associated with New Age that started off prog. Remember that Kitaro got his start in Far East Family Band (going by his real name then, Masanori Takahashi), not to mention Vangelis (I don't consider everything he did New Age, though) with Aphrodite's Child (and he had a couple solo albums that are closer to prog than electronic or New Age). As far as I can tell, an original mix has never made it to CD, which is really a shame. But it's real easy to tell if you're hunting vinyl if you have the original, the label (Passport, rather than Windham Hill), and the cover (far nicer cover). This is the only Shadowfax album I own and choose to own, and it will remain that way. Before I bought this LP, I heard about Watercourse Way, and I realized I needed the original. I found a used LP copy of the original, and I don't regret it. It's a no-brainer, if you like prog rock, get this version of Watercourse Way and forget the rest.