It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972

It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972

by SpiritSpirit


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In 2010, Sony presented Spirit's first five albums in a budget-priced box set. There wasn't anything extra, just five albums in a generic-looking slipcase. Great Britain's Esoteric Recordings felt the band deserved better. Spirit's first five albums are also included here with newly remastered sound -- alongside a slew of associated outtakes, singles, and alternate mixes offered in 1991 for Time Circle compilation. They also added the original mono mix of the band's self-titled 1968 debut album, and the group's soundtrack for French writer-director Jacques Demy's 1969 film Model Shop. As most fans know, Spirit's meld of jazz, blues, psychedelia, and pop proved highly influential, but was never quite sustainable commercially. Despite smoking and commercially viable singles such as "Fresh Garbage," "I Got a Line on You," "Uncle Jack," and "Nature's Way," the band's wildly eclectic sound never really connected with the masses. Listening to the band's Ode debut is a case in point. The strange mix of genres, while seamless, was unsettling and more often than not, regarded as dark, mysterious, and brooding -- check "Mechanical World," "Fresh Garbage," and "Taurus." This was enhanced by their appearance in the fragmented cover photo with 17-year-old guitarist Randy California (who'd played with Jimi Hendrix at 16), his stepfather, jazz drummer Ed Cassidy (Roland Kirk, Art Pepper, New Jazz Trio) -- whose waxy-looking bald pate looked downright strange, even in 1967 -- keyboardist John Locke (New Jazz Trio), vocalist Jay Ferguson, and bassist Mark Andes. The released stereo version of the debut album with 1968's The Family That Plays Together -- that netted the hit "I Got a Line on You" -- reveals a tale of two bands: The former seeking to express all the core elements in their sound, and the latter from an outfit that has found a way to make them gel. Disc two opens with the Model Shop soundtrack cut in 1968, followed by the slightly schizophrenic but nonetheless rewarding Clear, which was, in retrospect, deeply influenced by the experience of the film score yet contains some of the band's finest accessible tracks in "Dark-Eyed Woman" "Give a Life, Take a Life, and "New Dope in Town." Disc three contains not only their most commercially successful album in The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, but all of its attendant sessions. Disc four offers the mono mixes of Spirit as well as four bonus cuts from those sessions and Time Circle mixes. The final platter contains eight more Time Circle mixes, assorted outtakes from The Family That Plays Together and Clear, both sides of the "1984" and "Animal Zoo" singles, and other assorted mixes. It's all held together in a handsome clamshell package with a booklet chock-full of photos, liner notes by Malcolm Dome, and archival interviews with California and Cassidy. Though Spirit continued recording and touring in one way or another until California's death in 1997, It Shall Be: The Ode & Epic Recordings is a definitive aural portrait from a band whose influence continues unabated into the 21st century.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/2018
Label: Imports
UPC: 5013929471948
catalogNumber: 2947194


Disc 1

  1. Fresh Garbage
  2. Uncle Jack
  3. Mechanical World
  4. Taurus
  5. Girl In Your Eye
  6. Straight Arrow
  7. Topanga Windows
  8. Gramophone Man
  9. Water Woman
  10. The Great Cany
  11. Elijah
  12. I Got a Line On You
  13. It Shall Be
  14. Poor Richard
  15. Silky Sam
  16. The Drunkard
  17. Darlin' If
  18. All the Same
  19. Jewish
  20. Dream Within a Dream
  21. She Smiled
  22. Aren't You Glad

Disc 2

  1. The Moving Van
  2. Mellow Fellow
  3. Now Or Anywhere
  4. Fog
  5. Green Gorilla
  6. Model Shop I
  7. Model Shop II (Clear)
  8. The Rehearsal Theme
  9. Song For Lola
  10. Eventide
  11. Coral
  12. Aren't You Glad
  13. Dark Eyed Woman
  14. Apple Orchard
  15. So Little Time To Fly
  16. Ground Hog
  17. Cold Wind
  18. Policeman's Ball
  19. Ice
  20. Give a Life, Take a Life
  21. I'm Truckin'
  22. Clear
  23. Caught
  24. New Dope In Town

Disc 3

  1. Prelude - Nothing To Hide
  2. Nature's Way
  3. Animal Zoo
  4. Love Has Found a Way
  5. Why Can't I Be Free?
  6. Mr Skin
  7. Space Child
  8. When I Touch You
  9. Street Worm
  10. Life Has Just Begun
  11. Morning Will Come
  12. Soldier
  13. Rougher Road
  14. Chelsea Girls
  15. Cadillac Cowboys
  16. Puesta Del Scam
  17. Ripe and Ready
  18. Darkness
  19. Earth Shaker
  20. Mellow Morning
  21. Right on Time
  22. Trancas Fog-Out
  23. Witch

Disc 4

  1. Fresh Garbage
  2. Uncle Jack
  3. Mechanical World
  4. Taurus
  5. Girl In Your Eye
  6. Straight Arrow
  7. Topanga Windows
  8. Gramophone Man
  9. Water Woman
  10. The Great Canyon Fire In General
  11. Elijah
  12. Veruska
  13. Free Spirit
  14. If I Had a Woman
  15. Elijah
  16. I Got a Line On You
  17. It Shall Be
  18. Poor Richard
  19. Silky Sam

Disc 5

  1. Scherozode
  2. All the Same
  3. A Dream Within a Dream
  4. Aren't You Glad
  5. Eventide
  6. Model Shop Theme
  7. Green Gorilla
  8. Rehearsal Theme
  9. Fog
  10. So Little To Say
  11. Mellow Fellow
  12. Now or Anywhere
  13. Space Chile
  14. Fuller Brush Man
  15. Coral
  16. 1984
  17. Sweet Stella Baby
  18. Animal Zoo
  19. Red Light Roll On
  20. Morning Will Come

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
Staehely   Bass,Vocals
John "LBJ" Staehely   Guitar,Vocals
Marshall Blonstein   Dialogue

Technical Credits

Spirit   Producer
David Briggs   Producer
Randy California   Composer
Jay Ferguson   Composer
Lou Adler   Composer,Producer
Mark Andes   Composer
David Blumberg   Horn Arrangements
Ed Cassidy   Composer
John Locke   Composer
Marty Paich   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Staehely   Composer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Eirik Wangberg   Engineer
Guy Webster   Cover Photo
Mike Leitz   Engineer
Jay Thompson   Back Cover Photo
Malcolm Dome   Liner Notes
John Stachowiak   Engineer
David Brown   Engineer

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