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5.0 out of 5 stars set phasers on smile, 23 Sep 2007
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J. Barnes "bmoonjohn" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SPIRIT / FUTURE GAMES, SPIRIT OF 84 (Audio CD)
As value for money,you cannot fault this release.Both albums are excellent(each worth 5 stars).future games is still the better of the two from it's cod hawaiian start to a similar fade out, it touches all points in between.If you listen on head phones, there's a whole lot going on with samples of dialogue from a host of tv programmes you might recognise linking some great rock songs.It deserves a lot more attention than it has received over the years as it can be regarded as a 'groundbreaking' album.
I also know the 2nd album as the thirteenth dream and my copy also had an excellent version of Elijah on it.It could be different versions were released in america and europe or hassles over royalties that have resulted in it's disappearance,I don't know.The versions of the songs have a typical 80's production and lack the 'sparseness' of the originals but the are still better than a lot of the stuff issued by other bands at the time (hence the 5 stars).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dawn of sampling, 29 Oct 2006
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This review is from: SPIRIT / FUTURE GAMES, SPIRIT OF 84 (Audio CD)
This haunting album by US West Coast band Spirit was the first in rock history to make extensive use of sampling. Most of the band had left after 1970's now classic Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus failed at first to sell. But singer/guitarist Randy California (so named by his jamming buddy Jimi Hendrix) and Randy's stepfather-drummer Ed Cassidy (who had played with Cannonball Adderley
and other jazz greats), kept the Spirit flag flying - for another quarter of a century. Along the way the two gave us 1976's 'Future games': Cass's drumming is as usual wonderfully crisp and subtle throughout the album. The fifteen tracks are partly gentle and tuneful, partly raunchy rock and merge, via catchy connecting fragments, into a kind of time capsule from the mid-70s. Voices/samples sound now sinister, now tongue-in-cheek, or at times just plain stoned - and include Kermit the Frog, DJ Shadow Stevens, and of course Star Treck. Randy's sustain guitar weeps and winds it's way beautifully through various soundscapes: The Stars are Love is dreamy and Hawaiian, there's a storming and take on Dylan's All Along the Watchtower, Detroit City glides along the funkiest of bass lines, and the whole mirage-like sequence is launched by samples of native Hawaiian music. The Journey of Nomad is a slightly jarring warning about human/national catastrophes (the holocaust - Randy was himself a Jew, Pearl Harbour etc.): wake-up calls that emerge eerily from the generally light-hearted swirl...
The companion disk Spirit of 84 is a nice reworking of earlier material which was recorded when the original band - still good friends - re-united for that purpose. Future Games is more experimental - perhaps too much for some - but it does touch the stars. Randy died tragically in 1997 while surfing with his young son off Hawaii. The two were caught by a rip tide, but he managed to throw his boy free, so saving Quinn's life. 2013 R.I.P. Ed 'Mr. Skin' Cassidy, the bald head of 60s rock...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 great albums, 6 April 2007
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C. B. Puddephatt (Basingstoke, England,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SPIRIT / FUTURE GAMES, SPIRIT OF 84 (Audio CD)
"Future Games" is Randy and Ed at their best with a little help from other spirits. I thoughley enjoyed the album in the late 70's through to the nineties on vinyl. A very different album beautifully recorded /arranged and produced-very creative.

"Spirit of '84" -i had as the "13th Dream" here in UK. the single 12 inch had a long, great "new" version of "Elijah" on it -seems not to be included here???

A galient album which i believe briefly toured with original band then continued with the latest band at the time. On the original packaging a video is by the original band is mentioned????

I thought this a great set of tracks , sharply produced and performed -a great addition to my Spirit/Randy California collection.

colin puddephatt
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, 20 Aug 2010
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S. Gilpin "submachinegun" (Shepperton, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: SPIRIT / FUTURE GAMES, SPIRIT OF 84 (Audio CD)
great rock album from the 70's enhanced by the sampled mixes from the top american shows of the time, certainly Spirits best album with the weirdness on a par with some of Frank Zappa's albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Masterpiece from the Twilight Zone, 8 Aug 2014
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Nigel W (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
This is one of the most incredibly weird albums of all time. Why it has gone completely under the radar since its release is astounding given its originality and overall, might I say, genius. It's Mercury predecessors were OK but nothing the world could not have done without. It still amazes me, given its fragmentary nature (being full of samples, musical snippets etc), how it achieves a beautifully cohesive whole which is at times nostalgic, humorous and haunting. If any album deserves cult status this is it. Come on everybody - let's do the Freakout Frog!
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5.0 out of 5 stars futures and pasts, 8 Feb 2011
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All those tunes that have been floating round my head for years are back and better. Slightly sad when you think of how his future panned out, but great stuff all the same. Who could resist the call to do the freak out frog? Buy it for a friend if not yourself.
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