By the time Sea Level recorded its third album, On the Edge, percussionist Jai Johanny Johanson had left the Georgia combo to return to the Allman Brothers. Johanson's departure didn't have a major impact on Sea Level, whose music still fell into two main categories: vocal-oriented Southern pop/rock and instrumental jazz fusion.
Like Sea Level's second album, Cats on the Coast, this 1978 LP falls short of the excellence of the band's self-titled debut album (which remains its finest, most essential release). Nonetheless, most of the material is enjoyable, if less than mind-blowing.
Even though a few tunes indicated that Sea Level was starting to run out of steam, the best tracks made fans want to hang in there and keep supporting the band. "Fifty-Four" and "On the Wing" are engaging fusion instrumentals, and those who appreciate an Atlanta Rhythm Section/Ozark Mountain Daredevils type of sound should have no problem getting into the moody vocal offerings "Electron Cold" and "Living in a Dream."
On the Edge isn't for casual listeners, who would be much better off starting out with Sea Level's self-titled debut album. But die-hard fans will find that, even though this LP is slightly uneven, it has more plusses than minuses and is worth having in their collections.
~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
Chuck Leavell - Organ, Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion
Lamar Williams - Bass
Jim Nalls - Guitar
Joe English - Drums, Vocals
Randall Bramblett - Piano, Saxophone, Vocals
Davis Causey - Guitar
Rodney Lafon - Trumpet
2. King Grand
3. Living in a Dream
4. Lotta Colada
5. This Could Be the Worst
6. Uptown Downtown
7. Electron Cold
8. On the Wing
Originally released September 1978 as Capricorn CPN-0212.
Digitally remastered by Fred Meyer at Polygram Studios.