Sunday, May 16, 2010

Spirit - Time Circle (1968-1972)

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Spirit was a highly regarded rock band that achieved modest commercial success, charting 11 albums in the U.S. between 1968 and 1977. Founded in Los Angeles in 1967 by musicians who had a mixture of rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, and jazz backgrounds, and who ranged in age from 16 to 44, the group had an eclectic musical style in keeping with the early days of progressive rock; they were as likely to play a folk ballad featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar, a jazz instrumental full of imaginative improvisation, or a driving rhythm tune dominated by acid rock electric guitar playing.


The diverse tastes of the original quintet produced a hybrid style that delighted a core audience of fans but proved too wide-ranging to attract a mass following, and at the same time the musicians' ... Read More...


Spirit - Time Circle (1968-1972)

Line-up
- Jay Ferguson / vocals, percussion
- Randy California / guitars, vocals
- John Locke / piano, keyboards
- Ed Cassidy / drums, percussion
- Mark Andes / bass, vocals

CD 1:

1. Fresh Garbage (3:12)
2. Uncle Jack (2:44)
3. Mechanical World (5:19)
4. Taurus (2:38)
5. Girl In Your Eye (3:17)
6. Straight Arrow (2:51)
7. Topanga Windows (3:38)
8. Gramophone Man (3:50)
9. The Great Canyon Fire In General (2:47)
10. I Got A Line On You (2:47)
11. It Shall Be (3:29)
12. Poor Richard (2:29)
13. Silky Sam (4:10)
14. Sherozode (2:11)
15. All The Same (4:41)
16. Dream Within A Dream (3:00)
17. Aren't You Glad (5:35)
18. Eventide (4:21)
19. Model Shoppe Theme (2:58)
20. Green Gorilla (2:18)
21. Rehearsal Theme (1:13)

* Tracks 1-9 from Spirit

* Tracks 10-13, 15-17 from The Family That Plays Together

* Track 14 is an outtake from The Family That Plays Together

* Tracks 18-21 from sessions for the Model Shop soundtrack

* Tracks 10-20 are new remixes

CD 2:

1. Fog (2:23)
2. Now Or Anywhere (4:21)
3. Dark-Eyed Woman (3:06)
4. So Little Time To Fly (2:48)
5. Ground Hog (3:11)
6. Ice (7:07)
7. I'm Truckin' (2:25)
8. New Dope In Town (4:23)
9. 1984 (3:36)
10. Sweet Stella Baby (2:55)
11. Prelude - Nothin' To Hide (3:42)
12. Nature's Way (2:25)
13. Animal Zoo (3:27)
14. Love Has Found A Way (2:41)
15. Why Can't I Be Free (1:04)
16. Mr. Skin (3:50)
17. When I Touch You (5:36)
18. Street Worm (3:40)
19. Morning Will Come (2:51)
20. Turn To The Right (3:46)

* Tracks 1-2 are outtakes from The Family That Plays Together

* Tracks 3-8 from Clear

* Tracks 11-19 from Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
 
From the opening riff of "Fresh Garbage," with its jazzy electric piano and fuzzy rock guitar, Spirit set out to carve a unique, eclectic niche in the music world of the late '60s. Though the band achieved only limited commercial success, the music they produced from 1968-1972 still sounds fresh decades later. Time Circle collects the bulk of their recorded output during this five-year period. The 41 tracks assembled here include nine from the group's eponymous debut, seven from the follow-up The Family That Plays Together, six from Clear, and nine-tenths of the classic The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. This set also includes unreleased tracks, singles, and B-sides to provide a complete look at this excellent quintet.

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