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Spirit [CD]

Spirit Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0006LY0TA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,518 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 (Bonus Track)
13. Free Spirit (Bonus Track)
14. If I Had a Woman
15. Elijah (Alternate Take)

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(2004/REP) 15 tracks - digipacMedium 1
  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 (alt. take)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Spirit 14 Feb 2008
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Spirit seem to be best-known for their 'Dr Sardonicus' album, but all of their first four albums are superb. This debut sounds like the work of a more mature, yet inspired rock band and they certainly had an impressive pedigree. Drummer Ed Cassidy was teenage guitarist Randy California's (Wolfe) stepfather and an experienced jazz sideman. California, meanwhile, had played alongside Jimi Hendrix. His style was less about riffing and more about tone and substance; both man and boy were imaginative team players. Jay Ferguson provided most of the songwriting creativity and, together with the already experienced bassist Mark Andes, the looks. John Locke was the keyboard boffin whose jazzy instrumental, 'Elijah,' sprawls across more than ten minutes of this album.

'Spirit' is crammed with great ideas and benefits from an unusually dense production which lends it gravity. The most unusual items are the dramatic, staccato horn-backed 'Mechanical World,' the other-wordly 'Taurus,' renowned for giving Jimmy Page his intro to 'Stairway to Heaven' and the aforementioned 'Elijah' which may at first require patience.

Ferguson's often eerie vocal style dates the album, but is effective. Straight rock with well-crafted melody is the order of the day for most of the tracks, especially 'Uncle Jack,' while 'Water Woman' was considered good enough for a couple of obscure British bands to cover. The bonus tracks are pretty good too. 'Veruska' was later recorded for the double-set 'Spirit of '76.' This album ought to be regarded as one of the big-hitters of its era.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 25 Jan 2008
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Amazing that no one has yet passed comment of one of the finest debut albums of the 60's. Spirit had a very original and distinctive sound that meshed blues,jazz and rock in an manner that was simply stunning to the ear,which unfortunately in my opinion they seem to lose a little on later albums. The opening chord sequences of Fresh Garbage were some time back ripped off by some American female non-entity. Uncle Jack and Mechanical World are two examples of this bands creativeness. Jay Ferguson demonstrates what a great singer/songwriter he was as he wrote most of the material.
Along with Crown of Creation, the two best albums of 68 without a shadow of doubt. Buy it
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In my opinion Spirit was one of the best rock groups and ranks up there with The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Beatles and the Pink Floyd. This is west coast music par excellence. The band is very under rated. I like the mixture of rock, jazz, folk and classical music. The psychedelic and progressive rock elements are always rhythmic and melodic and the band has a light touch just like the Moody Blues. I have played my Spirit LPs so much that they are beginning to distort the music and wear out. So I have converted to digital recordings. Spirit were very influential and their song writing and playing were second to none. Ed Cassidy played with Thelonious Monk and Randy California learnt some of his trade from Jimi Hendrix. John Locke brought a classical influence and Jay Ferguson combined all these influences with his brilliant songwriting.

As the previous reviewers have remarked the track Taurus had a heavy influence on Led Zeppelin's Stairway to heaven and it is worth buying this album to make the comparison.

The opening bars of "Fresh Garbage" crop up in the P!nk song "Feel Good Time" and this was one of the theme tunes to the 2003 film "Charlie's Angels". I don't suppose the producers of the song and the film saw the irony of using a riff from "Fresh Garbage".

To get yourself back to 1968 you must buy this album. My favourite Spirit album is "Clear" because of the jazz influence.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A criminally under-rated group! 26 Jan 2008
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Quite right, John L. Dyble. Another review to keep yours company! A fabulous debut, even if it's not my all-time favourite Spirit album. It gives a good insight into the group's original style and extraordinary range. The trio of opening tracks is fabulous. And "Mechanical World" is, quite undoubtedly, one of the group's very finest songs.
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