Fresh from the Time Coast: The Best of 1968-1977 CD
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Raven presents on unique Double CD, a multi-label career overview of the legendary Los Angeles rock band Spirit. Spirit offered a truly innovative approach and presence with a blend of rock and jazz mixed with blues, folk and psychedelic elements. The Best Of 1968-1977: Fresh from the Time Coast boasts 43 tracks, over 150 minutes of music and is the first time the best tracks from the band's five albums for Ode/Epic and four albums for Mercury have been combined into one stunning package. Formed in 1967 around teenage guitar prodigy Randy California, Spirit hit with the glorious single 'I Got a Line on You' which boasts one of the most recognisable guitar riffs in rock. Also on Disc One are all the other highlights of their five albums for Ode/Epic: 'Fresh-Garbage', 'Dream within a Dream', 'Nature's Way', 'Darkness' and 17 other quality songs. The band's run of four albums for Mercury during the 1970s is well represented on Disc Two by 'Victim of Society', 'Looking into Darkness', 'Farther Along', 'Stars are Love' and others. With superb quality audio, detailed liner notes, colour booklet this splendid Double CD is a must for fans of classic rock.
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RATING: FIVE NOT SO EASY PIECES
Before all this I'd only been aware of "I Got a Line On You" and "Mr. Skin," the latter of which I'd literally not heard since its AM radio play.
I'll be succinct: What a remarkably listenable collection this is. Spirit runs the gamut of musical style, and though it may sometimes sound like it channels other contemporaries, even when the group jams instrumentally, that truly doesn't matter with exposure as it takes on its own voice. And, again, this sampler made me want to hear more, with the best tunes the ones that sneak up behind...or perhaps in front of...the listener.
(Among which is perhaps the most haunting: The title track for the album Clear. Do enjoy.)