“Welcome to Wonderland – momentary abode of the Mutual Understanding – a happy moment in time where all can share in the magic of a mighty and cheerful sound. And meet the Mutual Understanding – as you listen, you will join the understanding and be drawn under their spell – a simple and wonderful sorcery where mystery melts into comprehension and moods leave behind depression for the joy and excitement of being a part of this moment."
So begin the liner notes to In Wonderland, truly a masterpiece and the Canadian holy grail of sunshine pop jazz. Recorded at Hallmark Studios in Toronto and presented jointly by Nimbus 9 and CBC Radio Canada (two different pressings - the CBC yellow label copies were pressed in lower quantities and distributed to CBC radio stations across Canada), In Wonderland is a mix of originals and classics, and features the talented musicianship of Ben McPeek, Jimmy Dale, Jerry Toth and the jovial and delightful harmonies of the Laurie Bower Singers who included Laurie Bower, Tommy Ambrose, Kathy Collier, Vern Kennedy, and Patty Van Evera.
The recording engineer was Phil Sheridan. Produced by Dave Bird and Jack Richardson. Musical Director Ben McPeek. Vocal Leader/Director was Laurie Bower. Cover design by Nick Speke.
The Mutual Understanding also recorded Christmas with Rick Wilkins and the Mutual Understanding in 1970 on CBC Radio Canada as well as two rare 45’s: “Wonderland b/w Pretty People” on Nimbus 9 and the non-LP 7”: “Show Me Your Laughter b/w Summer of '42” on CBC Radio Canada.
In Wonderland was re-issued on the Korean Beatball label in 2005.