Andy Pratt attained vast critical acclaim in the 1970s, mostly based on the albums Andy Pratt (1973) and, particularly, Resolution (1976), which Rolling Stone magazine raved "has forever changed the face of rock." Though Pratt never gained the commercial success that many predicted, he nonetheless was seen as one of the most unique singer/songwriters of his day. Born into a well-to-do family in Boston (his great-grandfather founded the Pratt Institute), Andy Pratt graduated from Harvard in 1968 and became active musically in the Cambridge, Massachusetts scene with groups such as Butter and the Chosen Few. In 1972, he cut a demo of "Avenging Annie" before releasing his 1973 Columbia album, Andy Pratt, to much critical praise. In 1975, Pratt enrolled in Boston's Life Institute after the death of his father, seemingly searching for a higher meaning in life. Released from his Columbia contract that same year, Pratt hooked up with Arif Mardin, who worked diligently with Pratt to find expression to the profound changes in his life.