The album was released in the US and Canada by Capitol Records, as would all Gentle Giant's albums until "Civilian". The concept album focused on an individual who means to do good using political power. He finds himself tempted to abuse the power, as have all of those who have come before, and ultimately becomes what he fought against.
In a 2010 interview  Derek Shulman announced that the band are working at creating an animated film based around the themes, characters and songs of the album. The animations subsequently became available in the album's Blu-ray release, which also features a surround remix by Steven Wilson.
In July 2014, Alucard released a Steven Wilson remix of the album, both in stereo and 5.1 surround format.