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Spirit in the Sky: Best of [Import]

Norman GreenbaumAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B000007VL1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spirit In The Sky
2. California Earthquake
3. Lucille Got Stealed
4. Canned Ham
5. Tars Of India
6. Marcy
7. Hook And Ladder
8. Rhode Island Red
9. Junior Cadillac
10. Skyline
11. Jubilee
12. Milk Cow
13. Back Home Again
14. Titfield Thunder
15. Damper
16. I.J. Foxx
17. Petaluma
18. Country Lad
19. The Day The Well Went Dry
20. Jigsaw
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

His Classic 1970 Sngle, 'sprit In The Sky', Got To Number 3 In the US Billboard Chart And Was A Resounding Hit Around The World. 24 Tracks, Including Such Unforgettable And Improbable Items As 'California Earthquake', 'Canned Ham', And More.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT YOU'RE EVERYDAY ONE HIT WONDER March 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I got this cd a couple years ago because I've always had a guilty pleasure for the song "SPIRIT IN THE SKY", which was heavily played on am radio when I was in highschool. It was a way overplayed hit back then that everybody eventually grew tired of, and it finally faded away. I also vaguely remembered his other single "CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE", which was a minor hit for about 5 minutes. But it was "SPIRIT IN THE SKY", with it's fuzzy guitar tone and the hand clapping rhythm that I found myself missing after all these years. To my surprise, after playing this album, I found Greenbaum to be an excellent songwriter. I expected to hear a lot of that Spirit in the Sky sound on here. But instead, this album has more of a country rock sound to it, with songs like "CANNED HAM", the hook laden "HOOK AND LADDER" (shoulda been another single), "DADDY I KNOW", with a great sounding fiddle, and a song that begs for a listen "THE DAY THEY SOLD BEER IN CHURCH". He even offers a little R&B sound with "JUNIOR CADILLAC", and a little gospel with "JUBILEE". And you get a few psychedelic rockers thrown in for good measure. This Best Of cd has a lot to offer with all his singles, b-sides, and rarities included. And there's not a clanker in the bunch. I think Norman Greenbaum, with his songwriting talents, could have been a big star. But he quit the music business for good in 1972 at the height of his popularity, and never looked back. For me, this album was a great trip down memory lane, and a pleasant surprise to boot!
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, only a few tracks pass the test of time September 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I sought out this CD hoping that SPIRIT IN THE SKY was not just a fluke and that Norman Greenbaum would have some equally inspiring things to say about other subjects. SPIRIT IN THE SKY is the one song that makes Jesus out to be the coolest dude on the planet and accessible to every rebel of every generation. The song is so perfect I want it sung at my funeral to express the joy I want people to feel about my life and my eventual passing to walk with my Lord in a better place. Sadly, the majority of the other songs are amatuerish even if they are fun. They don't hold up well. I* highly recommend you save your money and buy the Rhino 70's CD HAVE A NICE DAY Volume 2 which has SPIRIT IN THE SKY plus a bunch of other top hit songs from the same few months of 1970, a few of which are also inspirational in nature like EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL by Ray Stevens and UNITED WE STAND by The Brotherhood of Man. That CD will show you that Hippie Ideals were still going strong in early 1970 despite the shocking end of the Summer of Love that was brought about by the Manson Family Murders.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hippie fun, but I think you had to be there�. August 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Let me just clarify something for everybody. Norman Greenbuam is indeed just a one hit wonder. While some of the songs on this collection might have a memorable through back sound to those good old rebel days of the late sixties early seventies. It is indeed a different time space you'll find on this disc and unlike something with a hard edge like Zeppelin; this stuff just doesn't age very well.
The only track that is everyone is going to really love is the fun "Spirit In the Sky". The beginnings of Christian rock? Hardly with a very catchy guitar sound and very universal understood lyrics. It's just a masterpiece of the early seventies with a little bit of revolt yet a load of enlightenment. Norman hits it very dead on with this combo of hard rock with female soul singers. I have no idea if this killer track was just an accident or something that is pure magic and genius combined. After that you have some rough follow ups like "Canned Ham" and the early yodel rock of "Weird" are just to quirky to enjoy as is the madness of the too dumb for words story song "The Eggplant that Eat Chicago". Surprisingly, some of these peaceful follow ups charted but not very high. You think a song called "The Day They Sold Beer In Church" would be interesting but it's a moral tale with a country twang. The real shocking part is that it was recorded in 1977 but sounds like one of his late sixties songs. I guess you just can't change your style no matter what. "Marcy" is good psychedelic rock tune that is very soft. Cool keyboard quality. You also get great pop potential in the smooth rock blues of "California Earthquake". After a few listens, its lyrics are catchy.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Days of Yesteryear! October 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Some see Norman Greenbaum as just a 1960's drop out who had one big hit and then disappeared. I remember Norm as a person who played his guitar and sang in a coffee house in Hollywood, CA. He wrote music and lyrics that reflected not only the happenings of the 60's but also songs that showed just who he was and what he was about to be. In listening to this CD, I remember how good days were then and just how much people really cared for each other. His music makes me happy and I think that anyone who missed living and growing up in the 60's would love this CD. It has a great way of lifting you up. Spirit In The Sky was magical and still is. Wierd tells Norm's story during those days and his later songs like Back Home Again tell of his life later on. He is a genius with words and has a great power to make listeners want to hear the next cut, just because. I am only sorry there are not more of Norman's songs to enjoy. I hope you will give this CD a chance and I promise you, you will be glad you did! Canned Ham, Marcy, Skyline...amazing stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars song
he is one of my favorite singers. Would recommend to anyone. perfect size for anyone. listen and you will like
Published 1 month ago by hannah holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
just love the song Spirit in the SKY that's where I going go when I die, so take up to the Spirit in The SKY
Published 5 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit in the Sky
If you buy this album strictly for the title song you won't be disappointed. Norman was kind of a "one hit wonder" but what a hit.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth L. Oneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahah!
Wow...so that's what he was saying! I've always loved the title song...and enjoyed it's pop-up role in Apollo 13. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CT Baltimore
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirit in the Sky
I only wanted the MP3 of Spirit in the Sky. But you can't, (or, at least, couldn't when I was shopping), buy just the one track as MP3. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gregg G
5.0 out of 5 stars GOT IT! WAAAAAAHHHHHOOOO
I have always loved this album, had on LP but lost it, I was in Church camp mid Florida, and when I walked in the church this Song was blasting on the system, and it was REALLY... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars richard
his one song spirit in the sky is another favorite song of mine and still is. it a very good and a great beat.
Published 12 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF SPIRITY IN THE SKY
THIS IS AN AMAZING ALBUM!!! ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE ENTIRE ALBUM. BOUGHT THIS FOR A SPIRITUAL PRIEST AND HE WAS DELIGHTED!!!!
Published 12 months ago by Alma Newell
3.0 out of 5 stars SKY'S THE LIMIT
NORMAN GREENBAUM-SPIRIT IN THE SKY/THE BEST OF NORMAN GREENBAUM: Malden, Massachsetts native NORMAN GREENBAUM's glowing moment in the sun was that irresistible church-rockin' 1970... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars spirit
This brought back many memories of my late husband and my daughter as a child singing and singing this and playing it endlessly.
I love it myself..... Read more
Published 14 months ago by luann gierl
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