Future Games/Spirit Of '84

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
This two-disc reissue from BGO combines two of Spirit's more self-indulgent and quirky releases: 1977's Future Games and 1984's aptly titled The Spirit of '84. With Future Games, Randy California let his imagination run wild on this 22-song cycle, with erratic results. While the sound effects and production are a nice touch, the songs meander from one to another without a sense of full development. On top of that, the combination of science fiction, Hawaii, and numerous Star Trek references meshes about as well as carpenter's nails and frogs on a slice of pizza. Translation: it just doesn't. On the flip side, The Spirit of '84 does much better at redeeming California, but...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
This two-disc reissue from BGO combines two of Spirit's more self-indulgent and quirky releases: 1977's Future Games and 1984's aptly titled The Spirit of '84. With Future Games, Randy California let his imagination run wild on this 22-song cycle, with erratic results. While the sound effects and production are a nice touch, the songs meander from one to another without a sense of full development. On top of that, the combination of science fiction, Hawaii, and numerous Star Trek references meshes about as well as carpenter's nails and frogs on a slice of pizza. Translation: it just doesn't. On the flip side, The Spirit of '84 does much better at redeeming California, but this is one of the more misleading releases in the catalog. Essentially a reunion album with Spirit's founding members, over half the songs are re-recordings of their back catalog's finest moments. And while the performances are noteworthy, the updated synth sounds and production values make them inferior to the originals. It's not the best work in the Spirit catalog, but far from the worst, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261206572
  • Catalog Number: 657
  • Sales rank: 45,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 CB Talk (0:43)
  2. 2 Stars Are Love (2:25)
  3. 3 Kahauna Dream (3:01)
  4. 4 Buried in My Brain (3:09)
  5. 5 Bionic Unit (2:44)
  6. 6 So Happy Now (0:24)
  7. 7 All Along the Watchtower (5:04)
  8. 8 Would You Believe (2:16)
  9. 9 Jack Bond Speaks (1:47)
  10. 10 Star Trek Dreaming (2:15)
  11. 11 Interlude XM (0:29)
  12. 12 China Doll (1:57)
  13. 13 Hawaiian Times (0:13)
  14. 14 Gorn Attack (2:27)
  15. 15 Interlude 2001 (0:09)
  16. 16 Detroit City (4:06)
  17. 17 Freakout Frog (1:46)
  18. 18 The Romulan Experience (0:58)
  19. 19 Monkey See Monkey Do (1:37)
  20. 20 Mt. Olympus (0:28)
  21. 21 The Journey of Nomad (2:27)
  22. 22 Ending (3:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Black Satin Nights (3:15)
  2. 2 Mr. Skin (3:34)
  3. 3 Mechanical World (5:52)
  4. 4 Pick It Up (3:00)
  5. 5 All Over the World (3:57)
  6. 6 1984 (3:59)
  7. 7 Uncle Jack (2:59)
  8. 8 Nature's Way (2:46)
  9. 9 Fresh Garbage (3:06)
  10. 10 I Got a Line on You (7:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spirit Primary Artist
Bob Welch Guitar, Vocals
Randy California Guitar, Vocals
Jay Ferguson Guitar, Vocals
Terry Anderson Background Vocals
Mark Andes Bass Guitar, Vocals
Matt Andes Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Baxter Guitar
Ed Cassidy Percussion, Drums
Neal Doughty Keyboards
Bruce Gary Percussion, Vocals
Alan Gratzer Percussion, Vocals
Jerry Jumonville Saxophone
Joe Lala Percussion
Bobby LaKind Percussion
John Locke Keyboards
Curly Smith Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Howard Lesse Guitar
Gary Myrik Guitar
Keith Knudson Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Randy California Composer, Engineer
Jay Ferguson Composer
Kim Fowley Composer
Mark Andes Composer
Ed Cassidy Composer
David DeVore Producer, Engineer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Allen Sides Engineer
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Wally Traugott Mastering
Blair Mooney Composer, Engineer
Jim Schubert Art Direction
Patti Heid Art Direction, Original Illustration
Joe Kotleba Art Direction
Carla Savage Composer
Burt Shonberg Composer
Thomas L. Chavey Executive Producer
Doctor Sardonicus Producer, Author
Gary W. Gratzer Executive Producer
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