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The Twelve Dreams of Dr.Sardonicus [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Spirit Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude - Nothin' to Hide
2. Nature's Way
3. Animal Zoo
4. Love Has Found a Way
5. Why Can't I Be Free
6. Mr Skin
7. Space Child
8. When I Touch You
9. Street Worm
10. Life Has Just Begun
11. Morning Will Come
12. Soldier
13. Rougher Road
14. Animal Zoo
15. Morning Will Come (Alternate Mix)
16. Red Light Roll On

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Spirit were breaking up when they recorded this masterpiece. I have been listening to it since the 1970's and never get tired of it. If you like Hendrix style inventiveness, 60's pop, and the West Coast sound, you have a great surprise in store. Lots of hooks, sound effects, guitars turning corners at high speed. Charismatic axeman Randy California is no longer with us - he drowned while saving his son at sea. The group were into a religious path called Urantia if you want to know what made them tick. Lots of mysteries, enjoy the Doctor's prescription.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unacknowledged classic 1 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Spirit's finest hour, and that means pretty fine. A rollercoaster ride through musical styles as well as mood, ranging from playful (Animal Zoo) to elegiac (Soldier). This is a masterpiece and belongs in the pantheon of great rock albums, but has gone unrecognized as such for over thirty years. If you don't know it, you ought to.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest album of the late 60s 20 Dec 2004
Format:Audio CD
Those buyers who find much to admire in the Beatles, Beach Boys, Beefheart, Zappa and other groups that have pushed the production envelope should immediately purchase this album. Full of songs of the highest quality, produced to a level that Spector, George Martin or Brian Wilson would have been proud of.
One of the great unsung classics waiting for you to discover. Be it the simple acoustic arrangement of guitar and timpani on "Natures Way" or the full on Soul of "Mr Skin" this album oozes class as genres such as rock, folk, soul and jazz are fused together to produce a sublime funky, rocking, masterpiece
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love it 18 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
The average number of stars will never change from 5. If you like Spirit then you love this album. I owned two vinyl copies, listen to my cd copy regularly, yet every time I play it I am surprised and delighted by each new track. It was put together to flow perfectly across two sides of vinyl, with a pause after "Mr Skin" (turn it over) building to a definite ending at "Soldier". Shame about the bonus tracks on the cd then . . .
The melodies are massive, its beautifully sung, and every other instrument is creative and inventive, fitting in with a band sound to enhance the songs. There is no pulp on this album, no "this is a nice groove so we'll sit in it", instead there is evidence everywhere of drummer Cassidy's jazz leanings pushing things where you didn't expect. I have a lot of great albums, but if I had to name my favorite then 12 dreams and American Beauty would just have to fight it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential rock album! 11 Feb 2008
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Spirit were a great band and I particularly enjoyed Randy California's guitar playing. The "Twelve Dreams" is easily their best album, a magical concoction of songs penned mainly by Randy and Jay Ferguson, with a couple of contributions from keyboardist John Locke. A lot of their albums may have been drug-fuelled, as this one, but you don't have to be under the influence to enjoy the "Twelve Dreams" as the music and playing are inspirational. Even after nearly 40 years, it still sounds fresh and inventive.

It really is wonderful album, one where the whole is very much more than the sum of the parts - listen to some of the songs (or dreams?) out of context or out of sequence and you diminish the effect. The music combines gorgeous melodies with fantastic guitar playing (the guitarist, Randy California, played with Jimi Hendrix for a short time in the late 60s and was clearly influenced by him), innovative keyboard sounds and the occasional but extremely effective use of horns in the arrangements.

The twelve songs are all strong with at least six of them being absolutely brilliant. Randy California`s "Nature's Way", an early environmental protest song and one of the most peaceful moments on the album with its use of acoustic rather than electric guitar, is possibly the best known song on here. It's a haunting song with an effective lilting rhythm and a good hook. Ferguson's "Animal Zoo" and "Mr Skin" have tremendous riffs from Randy California's guitar and those wonderful brassy horns driving them along - the combination of Ferguson and California (together with Locke's inventiveness on the keys) is what made this band so special at this time and it was a sad day when Ferguson and Locke split, Spirit never recovering from the shock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Mr von Clinkenhoffer's excellently informative review is right on the money. Suffice to add that this is surely one of the greatest "hippy-era" albums ever released. The early Spirit albums are all very worthwhile, but this is the one which best defines what they're all about. "Twelve Dreams" embraces a breathtaking range of styles, but remains a totally coherent whole. A masterpiece of an album which succeeds in being pop, rock, heavy, folky, jazzy and psychedelic. Totally and utterly indispensable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams Are Made of This 2 Nov 2004
By Dudley Serious VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It wasn't all Grateful Dead/Jefferson Airplane in late sixties California. There was also Spirit, a band fusing rock, jazz and folk with the psychedelic trends of the time. The line-up included Randy California (I hope that wasn't his real name!), a talented guitarist and protégé of Jimi Hendrix, and drummer Ed Cassidy, a middle-aged skinhead (or was he just bald - I'm not sure - either way it was an unusual look for the time) who had a jazz background. On this 1970 album they wove their disparate musical influences into one sublime tapestry. Like "Sgt Pepper" it conveys an impression of being conceived as a whole (a concept album in other words) when in fact it is an artfully sequenced collection of individual songs highlighting all aspects of their diverse character, inviting you to take the journey from the first note to the last.
They broke up shortly after "Sardonicus" was released, California pursuing a solo career, others forming Jo Jo Gunne. Spirit have reformed periodically since, but they have never quite recreated the magic of this neglected masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
from another time but ahead of it at the time,
Published 4 days ago by steve fraley
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Love it
Published 10 days ago by lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream about this one if you will!
Such a long time that since i had this on cassette. Now i have it on equally outdated cd format and its as good as ever. A blast from the past. Play it in the car.
Published 3 months ago by J. A. Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album ever? - in an alternate universe
Not too many albums succeed both musically and as a cohesive whole. Sardonicus sounds as fresh today as it did when it was first released largely due to its superb production and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nigel W
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams that last forever.......
One of rock 'n' roll's primordial moments. Preceded by Spirit's first three albums (all of which were in their own right noteworthy) this leaps in from the left field.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. William Mcdonald Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
One of the all time great's from the late sixties/seventies. Stylish but with great content. Buy it before you lose your sanity.
Published 7 months ago by Desmond Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars This is up there with the greats.
I first listened to this in the early 70's and thought it a stunning album. Really great songs, great West Coast harmonies, and great playing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by macfab
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I had the LP but it got lost years ago when moving house ... It has stood the test of time and still sounds fresh,It is one of those albums that has lyrics that command your... Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Witty
5.0 out of 5 stars a blast from the past
loved this when it first came out on a Long play record, i would recommend this for all ex hippies.
Published 17 months ago by M J Thornton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, unique band and album
I'm not sure if I can do justice to this album. Spirit were an iconic band with a unique style and sound. Lots of strange effects and other-wordly - OK - trippy, sounds. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Vivien
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