Original Album Classics

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sony UK's Original Albums Classics series is a terrific idea: take five remastered albums from a certain period in an artist's catalog and pop them in a slipcase for budget price. That said, what usually happens is that they take two or three classic albums from that period, and assemble the box set with other, lesser-quality albums from roughly the same era. In other words, the recordings don't follow the chronology -- it's an inventory-clearing scheme. In the case of the legendary American band Spirit, however, the five albums collected here are not only presented in the sequence they were released, they are the group's five best. Period. Spirit's genre-smashing music ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sony UK's Original Albums Classics series is a terrific idea: take five remastered albums from a certain period in an artist's catalog and pop them in a slipcase for budget price. That said, what usually happens is that they take two or three classic albums from that period, and assemble the box set with other, lesser-quality albums from roughly the same era. In other words, the recordings don't follow the chronology -- it's an inventory-clearing scheme. In the case of the legendary American band Spirit, however, the five albums collected here are not only presented in the sequence they were released, they are the group's five best. Period. Spirit's genre-smashing music provided real -- and attributed -- inspiration for bands such as Traffic, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and even Led Zeppelin. The introduction to the song "Taurus" from Spirit's self-titled debut is directly referenced in "Stairway to Heaven." Spirit's early recordings and revolving door membership featured a seamless weave of psychedelic and hard rock, folk, jazz, blues, and classical musics. These recordings -- Spirit 1968, The Family That Plays Together 1969, Clear 1969, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus 1970, and Feedback 1972, produced hit singles and memorable album tracks including "Fresh Garbage," "Uncle Jack," "Mechanical World," "Animal Zoo," "Nature's Way," "Dark Eyed Woman," and of course, "I've Got a Line on You." The five albums in this package are full of worthy surprises and forgotten treasures. In their early years, Spirit were deeply focused on creating albums. They weren't conceptual so much as very progressive in how they perceived the sequencing of tracks that flowed together to create unique and often startling listening experiences. For the price, this package is an absolute steal and is well worth investigating for anyone not already acquainted with Spirit's music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886976469825
  • Catalog Number: 7646982
  • Sales rank: 24,879

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fresh-Garbage (3:10)
  2. 2 Uncle Jack (2:43)
  3. 3 Mechanical World (5:14)
  4. 4 Taurus (2:37)
  5. 5 Girl In Your Eye (3:15)
  6. 6 Straight Arrow (2:51)
  7. 7 Topanga Windows (3:36)
  8. 8 Gramophone Man (3:49)
  9. 9 Water Woman (2:11)
  10. 10 The Great Canyon Fire In General (2:47)
  11. 11 Elijah (10:48)
  12. 12 Veruska (2:51)
  13. 13 Free Spirit (4:28)
  14. 14 If I Had A Woman (3:12)
  15. 15 Elijah (9:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Got A Line On You (2:37)
  2. 2 It Shall Be (3:24)
  3. 3 Poor Richard (2:29)
  4. 4 Silky Sam (4:05)
  5. 5 The Drunkard (2:38)
  6. 6 Darlin' If (3:41)
  7. 7 All The Same (4:43)
  8. 8 Jewish (2:50)
  9. 9 Dream Within A Dream (3:02)
  10. 10 She Smiles (2:32)
  11. 11 Aren't You Glad (5:38)
  12. 12 Fog (2:26)
  13. 13 So Little To Say (3:01)
  14. 14 Mellow Fellow (3:49)
  15. 15 Now Or Anywhere (4:23)
  16. 16 Space Chile (6:26)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Dark Eyed Woman (3:10)
  2. 2 Apple Orchard (4:08)
  3. 3 So Little Time To Fly (2:51)
  4. 4 Ground Hog (3:06)
  5. 5 Cold Wind (3:26)
  6. 6 Policeman's Ball (2:23)
  7. 7 Ice (5:53)
  8. 8 Give A Life, Take A Life (3:24)
  9. 9 I'm Truckin' (2:27)
  10. 10 Clear (4:10)
  11. 11 Caught (3:12)
  12. 12 New Dope In Town (4:31)
  13. 13 1984 (3:38)
  14. 14 Sweet Stella Baby (2:57)
  15. 15 Fuller Brush Man (3:20)
  16. 16 Coral (3:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Prelude: Nothin' To Hide (3:43)
  2. 2 Nature's Way (2:40)
  3. 3 Animal Zoo (3:10)
  4. 4 Love Has Found A Way (2:42)
  5. 5 Why Can't I Be Free (1:05)
  6. 6 Mr. Skin (4:01)
  7. 7 Space Child (3:25)
  8. 8 When I Touch You (5:37)
  9. 9 Street Worm (3:43)
  10. 10 Life Has Just Begun (3:29)
  11. 11 Morning Will Come (2:50)
  12. 12 Soldier (2:50)
  13. 13 Rougher Road (3:17)
  14. 14 Animal Zoo (3:10)
  15. 15 Morning Will Come (2:50)
  16. 16 Red Light Roll On (5:41)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Chelsea Girls (3:29)
  2. 2 Cadillac Cowboys (3:37)
  3. 3 Puesta Del Scam (2:01)
  4. 4 Ripe And Ready (3:53)
  5. 5 Darkness (4:47)
  6. 6 Earth Shaker (3:54)
  7. 7 Mellow Morning (2:22)
  8. 8 Right On Time (2:47)
  9. 9 Trancas Fog-Out (2:37)
  10. 10 Witch (5:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spirit Primary Artist
Randy California Guitar
Jay Ferguson Percussion, Vocals
Mark Andes Bass, Vocals
Ed Cassidy Percussion, Drums
John Locke Keyboards
Al Staehely Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Spirit Producer, Art Direction
David Briggs Producer
Randy California Composer
Jay Ferguson Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Ed Cassidy Composer
Marty Paich Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Stachowaik Engineer
Armin Steiner Engineer
Eirik Wangberg Engineer
Guy Webster Cover Photo
Mike Leitz Engineer
Virginia Team Art Direction
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Jay Thompson Back Cover Photo
Adler Composer
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