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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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait ! 28 Feb. 2010
By Joan Mckay - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great price for what youre actually getting in this deluxe package.Over nine albums are represented here in cronological order so the listener can hear the way SPIRIT evolved and changed along the way.The first 4 albums are the original line up and the rest always include RANDY CALIFORNIA AND ED CASSIDY with other members showing up sporadicaly.I really enjoyed all the phases of SPIRIT but the mid 70's,where California shows his Hendrix influences is amazing guitar work!The packaging is wonderful and you will have alot to read while listening to this treasure chest of great moments by a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flowerpower 11 July 2012
By McEldoy - Published on Amazon.com
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Never quite familiar with this band took a shot from a vibe I got looking at them on the net. Am more than satisfied, in fact will recommend the band in future. A very cool type of music with alot of peaceful energy eminating from it. Peace& Love, pass it on.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Spirit 30 Sept. 2013
By Purple Sub - Published on Amazon.com
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This 2 CD set from Raven is the best career spanning Spirit compilation showing both the majestic power of the original band and the evolution thereafter. Arguably the first US band to weave together rock, psych and jazz creating a sound that would morph into prog just a couple of years later. Consider also that Spirit launched the careers of Mark Andes (Firefall and Heart) and Jay Ferguson (JoJo Gunne and solo). While CD one covers the first four LPs, the second CD is largely dominated by the pop sensitivities of lead guitarist and principal songwriter Randy California who cut his chops with Jimi Hendrix in New York, pre 1966. Although many of these songs are melodic, listen for the incredible solos and riffs that are played to enhance the music rather than showing off. Perhaps the perfect Spirit track starts CD2 - 1984. For serious fans, Sardonicus is lightly represented since many critics consider this 4th LP to be their Dr Pepper. Space Worm, a classic guitar fest, is sadly missing. Overall however a great collection from this pioneering band.
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S THE SPIRIT! 2 Aug. 2016
By Jukebox Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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SPIRIT-FRESH FROM THE TIME COAST: SPIRIT was an eclecric underground ensemble known to the general population for their lone Top 40 hit, the rhythm driven anthem I GOT A LINE ON YOU. The sorely underrated west coast quintet was comprised of HENDRIX-influenced guitar guru/singer RANDY CALIFORNIA and his jazz-trained stepdad drummer ED CASSIDY, co-vocalist JAY FERGESON, bassist MARK ANDES and keyboardist JOHN LOCKE. CALIFORNIA and CASSIDY faithfully kept the vision alive for two decades after the others migrated to bands like JO JO GUNNE and FIREFALL (FERGESON also scored the solo pop smash THUNDER ISLAND). THE TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS was their psychedelic masterstroke platter, while social commentary time capsules like 1984, NATURE'S WAY and FRESH GARBAGE provided ethereal FM radio fodder for the times. One spin through FRESH FROM THE TIME COAST demonstrates why SPIRIT contained too much raw talent to last longer than a brilliant four album career in their original incarnation...happily, this double platter traces lesser known but no less interesting blasts of nirvana from later lineups. During their under the radar reign, the band brought a much needed combo of brains, bravado and soul-boring beauty to the rock & roll landscape.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Inspired Me 7 July 2015
By johcafra - Published on Amazon.com
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...to listen to the group's first four albums (featuring the original lineup) in their entirety.

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.)
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