During the early 1970s, Stoneground built buzz as a touring act. The band recorded an attempt at a debut album in London for Warner Bros. but it was not released. While in England, the band added Bassist, keyboardist Pete Sears to its lineup. For Stoneground, seven different lead vocalists were used, with Sal Valentino singing lead on four of the album's ten songs. Valentino wrote five of the six originals on the album, which also contained covers of songs recorded by The Kinks, Reverend Gary Davis, John D. Loudermilk and John Mayall.
In a review for the album, Billboard wrote: "Stoneground has a lot of advance publicity to live up to, and in light of their first LP the predictions may have been somewhat inflationary, though there's no denying the potential for excitement here." Music journalist Robert Christgau asserted that the album was "certainly the aptest use of Sal Valentino since the Beau Brummels were on Autumn." Bob Koch of Isthmus suggested it sounded "more like a compilation album than one band," but that it also "showed the group's promise well; most of the singers are distinctive and the playing is great. The musicians' ability to fluidly mix and match musical styles makes for a more interesting brand of hippie rock than is the case for many similarly jammy supersized bands of the era."Allmusic's Lindsay Planer said the Valentino compositions "bear repeated listens and hint at this group's truly great potential." Author Vernon Joynson complimented Tim Barnes' guitar work and said the album "used several vocalists to good effect."
^Joynson, Vernon (1997). Fuzz, Acid and Flowers: A Comprehensive Guide to American Garage, Psychedelic and Hippie Rock (1964-75) (4th ed.). Glasgow: Borderline Productions. p. 315. ISBN978-1-899855-06-3.