Vocalist/guitarist John Micallef and ex-Outcasts guitarist Jack port Malken formed progressive rock and roll unit FOUR WEEKS Out in NY in 1971. With the help of bassist Monte Melnick and drummer Phil Lowe, the nascent group started practice classes, but noise issues from the neighbours pressured relocation to Greenfield, MA. Upon putting your signature on to Reprise, FOUR WEEKS Out came back to NEW YORK to begin focusing on their Larry Marks-produced debut LP, also documented partly in California with famed program keyboardists Jim Dickinson and Larry Knechtel. The finished self-titled effort triggered a minor mix in record shops for its book packaging — rather than shrinkwrap, the record was housed within a poster of the steamliner. Sales had been appealing, and in 1972 Reprise released FOUR WEEKS Out’s follow-up, Magic Lick. Reviews had been poor and receipts dwindled, nevertheless, and the music group split immediately after. Melnick afterwards resurfaced as tour supervisor for punk legends the Ramones.