15 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the Los Angeles-based outfit Spirit explored many stylistic pathways during the course of their long existence, their first incarnation, which found the group releasing a series of eclectic psych-folk albums on Epic to critical acclaim and commercial disappointment, was arguably their most satisfying. Ubiquitous music scene insider Lou Adler produced the group’s 1968 debut. In an era that featured a dearth of ambitious, musically eclectic outfits, Spirit were notable for the effortlessness with which they were able to switch among musical styles. While releases from likeminded contemporaries such as the Insect Trust often sound like promising but frustratingly schizophrenic amalgamations of ill-fitting musical styles, Spirit is possessed of a striking intensity of aesthetic focus that creates a distinct and consistent musical atmosphere even as Spirit flits ambitiously between country, pop-psychedelia, and progressive blues. Many remember this album only for the song “Taurus” but Spirit is a rich and rewarding listen that embodies the very best that the California psych scene of the late ‘60s had to offer.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the Los Angeles-based outfit Spirit explored many stylistic pathways during the course of their long existence, their first incarnation, which found the group releasing a series of eclectic psych-folk albums on Epic to critical acclaim and commercial disappointment, was arguably their most satisfying. Ubiquitous music scene insider Lou Adler produced the group’s 1968 debut. In an era that featured a dearth of ambitious, musically eclectic outfits, Spirit were notable for the effortlessness with which they were able to switch among musical styles. While releases from likeminded contemporaries such as the Insect Trust often sound like promising but frustratingly schizophrenic amalgamations of ill-fitting musical styles, Spirit is possessed of a striking intensity of aesthetic focus that creates a distinct and consistent musical atmosphere even as Spirit flits ambitiously between country, pop-psychedelia, and progressive blues. Many remember this album only for the song “Taurus” but Spirit is a rich and rewarding listen that embodies the very best that the California psych scene of the late ‘60s had to offer.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Profbill1 ,

Spirit

This was the album that turned my head muscially when I was 18 years of age, that was almost 40 years ago. There has never been a sound equal to this band and unfortunately they as a band could never outperform this initial album. The band created a timeless album with this classic, they combined the psychedellic flavor of that era (but not flagrantly) with jazz, latin sounds, etc. and created a masterpiece that even today is pleasant to listen to and does not sound as dated as the albums created during that time of the same genre. This album is an enjoyable musical experience.

elharks ,

Spirit - a great, under-appreciated late 60's group

This album contains a great selection of some of their best hits. Their Blues sound is great music and the lyrics are well understood (and seemed very meaningful back then) and still sound good today. Fresh Garbage, Uncle Jack, Mechanical World, Topanga Windows, The Great Canyon Fire, Gramophone Man are all favorites of mine. If you are a child of the late 60's and remember listening to those great underground FM stations, then you will pleasantly remember Spirit and their music.

Drastic Plastic ,

And she’s climbling ….

….. a stairway to Tauras? Yes folks the mighty Zep ripped these guys off too! Buy this great album along with Chester Burnett (aka Howlin’ Wolf) and Willie Dixon records before any Led Zeppelin releases. Support these true originals!!

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