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The Best Of Spirit Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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No one took the late-'60s East Coast sound further than (the aptly named) Randy California and his band mates in Spirit, who brought jazz, blues and classical into the psych-rock mix. Here's their 1973 ''best-of'' remastered plus five bonus cuts 'Silky Sa
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 15, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • ASIN: B00008WT4L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Shelby Lambert on March 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this disc from beginning to end, there is nothing about this band's music that would ever suggest to you that they hailed from California--or even the US, for that matter! These guys were obviously not listening to fellow L.A. bands like the Buffalo Springfield or The Doors (the closest they ever come to sounding anything like Jim Morrison and Co., is "Fresh Garbage"--which does sound somewhat like a Doors outtake upon first listen!) No, this west coast band had their ears plastered to the speakers listening to all the Beatles albums--post 1965, to gain their musical insight. Of course, the liner notes keep putting forth the argument that this band was "America's Pink Floyd". I don't know that I would ever go that far. To me, Spirit is more like America's version of Traffic. The smart-and-witty, sing-along lyrics, the sweet melodies with occasional soul-and-jazz leanings, and a hot, horn section all lean more toward Traffic as Spirit's prime influence, rather than Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd had none of that, and always came off as more "up in the clouds", musically and lyirically, while Traffic was more down-to-earth, and easier to understand. So was Spirit. And while guitarist Randy California could make his guitar wail-on forever like David Gilmour on a number like "Aren't You Glad", it is the funky chops of Steve Winwood he more closely resembles on a song like "I'm Truckin'". Certainly, some British musicians could relate more to the sophistication of the band's musical stylings--not the least of whom was Jimmy Page--who, because of the influence of Randy California, a man much younger than himself, decided to take on the idea of having acoustic solo performances in Led Zeppelin's shows--even going so far as to claim a portion of Mr.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Having been an usher for most concerts in Dallas in the sixties, i saw many bands and have to say that Spirit put on the most professional show of the time. This Best of Spirit CD displays the bands tight and bouncy style that makes it a must have for everyones collection.
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Best of albums are always something of a crapshoot. Spirit crammed so much sheer talent & unbelievable songwriting into their first 4 albums that that distilling it into a single disk would have to be a thankless task. I bought it because it was remastered but when I listen to any of the songs I immediatly want to hear the songs before or after it on the original album and even remastered, I prefer the original vinyl albums. I use this cd mostly for listening to in the car rather than when I'm home & in the mood for some serious listening. If you're unfamiliar with their music then it's a fairly decent place to get your feet wet but if you're ready to jump in head first go for the whole albums, even Feedback & all the later Randy California/Ed Cassidy stuff. Your ears will thak you the rest of your life. This is classic music that stands the test of time with the best of them (which they are).
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Spirit rocks the house when it wants, but it also explores musical tones, textures, and time signatures into outer space for awhile, then inner space for an eternal moment. Spirit gets loud; Spirit gets quiet -- its intervals as loud as Randy California's guitar. I have the "inferior" casette I play in my car as I drive around town. I hear the new version has four more tracks on the CD, remastered, and remarkable.

If you were around in the sixties and seventies you might already know this band. Every hippie had their first album in his or her collection. You know, that stack of vinyl under the bookcase. For these listeners, you'll be surprised at the band's progression over the years which is reflected in this collection.

For new listeners, open your ears to something old, something new, an eclectic mix, from the archetype jazz/rock band of all time.
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After many years of taking delicate care of my album version of Best of Spirit, I finally broke down and bought the CD. If you are any type of Rock & Roll fan, you should check this out. And I will be the first to admit that greatest hits albums don't always do the band justice. Much of this music was recorded in 1967 & 1968 and it really holds up. "I Gotta Line On You" is worth the cd by itself, but there are plenty of other great songs like "Fresh Garbage," "Mr. Skin", and "1984." Two other interesting facts that speak to how great this band was is Led Zeppelin backed them up on an early tour, and Randy California the lead singer once played with Jimi Hendrix. Makes you want to go back to 1968 to see them live. Cool stuff.
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Fantastic album from the get-go. Love this band, and you hardly hear any of their stuff on the radio, what a shame. From 1984 all the way to Taurus (a song that resembles Led by far just a few years back when Jimmy was with Yardbirds and probally heard it once and got hooked) I can understand why. Dark Eye Woman is definitely my favorite on this album, a lot like Santana there. Great Jazz and Rock combinations. This album is definitely a keeper if you get it, it's worth it.
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A lot has been made about the similarities in the songs ''Taurus'' from this and the debut album by ''Spirit'' and ''Stairway to Heaven'' by Led Zeppelin. A pending trial will ultimately decide whether or not it was stolen. I own the original LP as well as this CD and can say with no doubt the minute I heard ''Stairway'' in the early seventies I immediately recognized the song,even going back and playing the album to be sure. Definitely stolen in my opinion. Randy California wrote this 3 years before Led Zeppelin released their classic.
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