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Bizarre, wacky oddity.
on 26 January 2008
This comes from after the demise of the original line-up, and features just Randy California plus Ed Cassidy. (John Locke is also credited as helping out on keyboards.) A really oddball release, but this is a Spirit album which you ignore at your peril. Originally released in 1981 on Rhino (US) and Beggars Banquet (GB), it represents a mish-mash of the rejected 1973 "Potatoland" recordings plus a few late seventies songs. They are the usual kind of eclectic mix for which Spirit were known - bluesy rock, an excellent ballad ("Open Up Your Heart") and the weirdness of "Potatoland Theme".
The second side of the original album is an out-of-left-field rock opera, of sorts. It's quite ridiculously goofy. Stupid storyline and utterly nutty dialogue between Randy/"Kaptain Kopter" and Ed/"Commander Cassidy". Mixed into that "mess" are the daft "Donut House", dynamite "Turn To The Right", with a fabulous slide guitar solo, and the rather pretty, all-too-brief "My Friend". This is an album which simply should not work, but somehow.....somehow.....it does. Give it a try and expand your mind, "man".
Update. (05/03/12) This should be compared and contrasted with the "Original Potatoland" release. I'll be purchasing my copy very shortly.