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Spirit

Spirit, CheckfieldAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMVS0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fresh-Garbage
2. Uncle Jack
3. Mechanical World
4. Taurus
5. Girl in Your Eye
6. Straight Arrow
7. Topanga Windows
8. Gramophone Man
9. Water Woman
10. The Great Canyon Fire in General
11. Elijah
12. Veruska [#][*]
13. Free Spirit [#][*]
14. If I Had a Woman [#][*]
15. Elijah [Alternate Take][#][*]

Editorial Reviews

Their 1968 debut featured the songs Fresh Garbage and Elijah . Four unissued bonus cuts!

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first from a GREAT band March 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I hear the "yeah" cried out in the distance, just before the first notes hit, I am lit. What a magically engrossing affair this is. Spirit was certainly a very special band from a very interesting time in rock history. The group's albums are a compelling blend of psychedelic rock and jazz, and I find their adventurous allure a constant delight.
The infectious beat of "Fresh Garbage" is in 4/4, but because of where the accents are placed, it sounds like five, seven or maybe nine. The piano break is a jazzy 6/8. Drummer Ed Cassidy completely understood jazz and rock. This is why the transitions between the rock rhythms and the jazz rhythms are seamless and utterly convincing. Much of his drumming on the album suggests far more than he's actually playing, while his perfect choices time and again yield the perfect complement to the music. Listen closely to what he plays on "Straight Arrow"; always interesting, always brilliant. Randy California's guitar work is magnificent throughout. Oh, the sound he gets on his solo in "Mechanical World"--what an incredibly delicious tone! And, the guitar harmonies at the end of "Gramophone Man" are simply divine.
Most of the tunes were written by Jay Ferguson, and are fantastic vehicles for the band to show off their unique style. "Girl In Your Eye" floats along beautifully, with sitar shadowing the melody. Listen closely to the guitar line in "Taurus" and you'll hear where the main line during the verse in Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" came from. (Jimmy has been known to lift a line or two.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60's classic April 17, 2009
By Thomas
Format:Audio CD
There were many classic albums that came out of L.A. in the 60's and this is certainly one of them. One of the greatest opening songs for a band's career has to be "Fresh Garbage". A "green" song that was about 35 years ahead of its time, no less. "Uncle Jack" has a vocal that really sticks with you for awhile. Then the "Mechanical World". Great vocals, great guitar from Randy California, moody and strange song. Typical Spirit. This song leads directly into a beautiful Randy piece entitled "Taurus". If it sounds vaguely like "Stairway to Heaven" it should considering that Led Zep toured with Spirit in 1968 (as the opening act!) and Page essentially ripped off the main chords. I prefer "Taurus" to "Stairway". The opening string section with the cello and flute is beautiful. The variety on the entire album is awesome. You should consider these albums for your collection if you enjoy great musicianship and endless variety -

Love - Forever Changes
Spirit- 1st album
Doors - 1st album
Buffalo Springfield - Again
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

I could go on.....suffice to say that the L.A. scene came and went in the 60's with barely any attention. A ridiculous mistake when you consider the fact that all of these albums and many more always end up on the "Greatest albums ever" lists that you see about once a year. Include Spirit's 1st album in your collection and enjoy the immense talent that this record offers. Buy it on Amazon and wear it out. It is hard to find elsewhere. A true classic and more like 8 or 9 stars......
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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From the first few moodily incisive notes of 'Fresh Garbage', you can tell you're hearing something very special, not to mention original. It and 'Mechanical World' (deep, slow and dark), link to the way our psyches were enmeshed in the reality of the Vietnam War, without mentioning it as such. There are beautifully judicious string arrangements flowing in and out of 'MW' to soften the tone somewhat . . . for in this their earliest period, Spirit was all about healing.
'Uncle Jack' is like [the Who] without the rough edges.
'Taurus' is gorgeous NewAge instrumental music (slowly-evolving acoustic guitar solo with string section) way before the genre came of age, and better than much that came after it (SewAge).
'Girl in Your Eye' is a gorgeous love song in [again, slowly-evolving] raga rock, with sitar and flutes playing at the heart, and at the edges of time, respectively.
All these songs stand solidly on their own, as do the next five, each rating at 5 stars.
Lastly, Elijah is their free-flowing jazz improv number, where each band member gets to stretch out and take an extended solo. The last four tracks are bonus tracks added for the CD release.
On the original 11 songs, the writing is of the highest quality, as is the playing. The band is very tight-plus each piece varies in style and tone.
Note: the young Randy California probably played fuzz-tone lead guitar in a more subtle way than anyone; his double-stop solos in the minor (etc.) mode are unbelievable. His stepfather (the one with the shaved head) was the drummer, he brought his well-traveled jazz sensibilities to the group's efforts. Electric piano and bass round out their usual instrumentation, all played tastefully and with relaxed energy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit was there! March 30, 2001
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There's something about this album. I can't quite place why I have such a strong attachment to it. I've been listening to it, on and off, for 30 years. There's something about the time, the place, the spirit. The Vietnam War. Topanga Canyon. Whenever I listen to "Mechanical World" and then "Taurus", immediately after, I feel a little melancholy. The Vietnam War comes to mind along with wasted youth. Then I listen to "Topanga Windows" and the "Great Canyon Fire" and images of California and what a special place and time it was in the late 60s, before Charles Manson. And then, there's the music, itself, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Psychodelic all mixed together in a very pleasing way. Randy California's great guitar! The mature jazzy drums are alot more present in these newer releases. Like many of these classic albums, they are one of a kind. It was a certain time, a certain place, and a certain group of artists. It was short lived and can't be repeated. Thank goodness it was recorded for all to appreciate for years to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I bought this because I wanted the cd, I've had the original album for years....my sons confiscated it from me......
Published 9 days ago by M. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great record. Groovy sounds!
Published 17 days ago by Lloyd Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a lot of great memories, one of the albums I played both sides.
Published 1 month ago by Kingfish137
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great to find this music again.
Published 1 month ago by cobra
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL FRESH (not garbage)!
This is one of my all-time favorite albums. I'm just replacing old scratched LPs. It's been a long time since I listened to it, and I was very pleased that I'm able to enjoy it as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James T. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great cd by a band from my hometown.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't neglect this Album! A true Gem!
For many years I've been relying on the stellar Best of album from Spirit to get my fix... That ended when I received this album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dddrock
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that was overshadowed by SGT PEPPER.
It is too bad that this album came out in the wake of SGT Pepper and some stones tome.
It is a great classic of early jazz-rock fusion before they stuck the name on it in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Leo Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars One more bit of Fresh Garbage
I love an album that has a song about Uncle Jack. Take that and mix it with a little Elijah and you have some great stuff. Mechanical World.
Published 6 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Time tested
I remember when this came out in 1968. I liked it, but somehow didn't quite "get" it. It was all over the FM radio, and I've continued to hear cuts from it here and there... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lewis Shiner
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