To be fair, it's not a total duff, but it's really only the inclusion of a couple of nice songs that has prevented me from filing this LP away and never listening to it again. The problem for me are the choice of covers versions that take up half of the album, which unlike the Mamas & Papas, are badly chosen ones. Luckily the album opener, a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Why Don't You Write Me" is a real winner, sounding like it was written specifically for them. "Open Highway" is the other ace tune on the album, an original composition written by Merriam with lead vocals provided by Ward and Steele, which would have made a great choice for single rather than A&M's choice "Falling Lady" which has a bit too much of Adler's strained vocals for my liking. Some people will love this record, but I personally think it looks better than it sounds. A&M could have condensed it down to a killer single though!
Following the album, Punch recorded two singles, recorded for Bell records in 1972 before splitting and reforming in 1973, releasing a decent LP under the name Sonoma, with Dee Steele replaced by Tricia Johns and continued to perform their blend of harmony pop until finally splitting for good in 1976.