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Twelve Dreams Of Dr.Sardonicus (Gatefold) [VINYL]
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About the Artist
Between 1968 and 1977 Spirit was a highly regarded rock band achieving modest commercial success by charting no less than 11 albums in the U.S. The music of the Los Angeles based band consisted of a mixture of pop, rock, folk, blues, classical and jazz backgrounds and the band members ranged in age from 16 to 44 years old. Randy California, the guitar player, used to play with Jimi Hendrix (then known as Jimmy James) in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. In 1970, Spirit started working on what is widely considered to be their best album, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. On the recommendation of Neil Young the band chose David Briggs as the producer. Like The Who's 'Tommy' and Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon', Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is critically regarded as a landmark of art rock. It Includes their best songs 'Animal Zoo', 'Mr. Skin' and the lilting 'Nature's Way'. This album should be present in every '60s and '70s music fan's record cabinet. An absolute must have.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my top 10 albums of all time. I saw Spirit in Southampton early 70's and was knocked out by them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ian watts