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Twelve Dreams Of Dr.Sardonicus (Gatefold) [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (2 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0083SS4DQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

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180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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This is a blend of melody and various musical styles, recorded by a band at its peak, then fashioned by guitar wizard Randy California and (Neil Young) producer David Briggs into a seamless masterpiece. It has a wonderful freshness and seems so sure in its direction. 'You've got the world at your fingertips' begins Randy as he preludes the ecologically inspired Nature's Way, and so, it seemed, did Spirit. Other reviewers have described the songs thoroughly, and of course the album is now an all-time classic...but why on earth did Spirit split up so soon afterwards?? Randy partly blamed a lukewarm review in Rolling Stone Magazine which damaged album sales. It might also have helped if manager Lou Adler hadn't turned down the chance to play the slot just before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock (he thought the festival would be a distraction!..)...Led Zep, incidentally, had been their support band on a US tour during which Jimmy Page borrowed the Stairway to Heaven riff off Randy, who was simply pleased to have helped...A true creative spirit who died far too early, saving his son's life in the ocean off Hawaii.
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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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