Spirit – 1968 – Spirit (full album)

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— My own personal favorite song by Spirit is ‘Nature’s Way,’ from
a different album we carry (link below), but think Spirit from 1968
has a great sound, it’s a part of American history now.
See which are your favorites! – These songs have a psychedelic,
progressive punk rock sound that was popular,
with a lot of FM airplay, in the late 60’s to 70’s
and you will find that Spirit really sounds fun
with a lot of messages for us, too.

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Spirit – 1968 – Spirit

Around 1968 to 1970 Spirit and later it’s Lead Singer,
Jay Ferguson, brought Psychedelic Punk Rock
to New Heights of Popularity

The Daily Walk with Love, April 18, 2020, by Paul Evans, (email sailingtokansas@gmail.com), video is Spirit Spirit 1968 Full Album, courtesy of YouTube – 1:03:19. This is a lot of music in a vinyl LP from 1968! If you haven’t listened to the great sound of this band, I guarantee you will be surprised and impressed. Spirit is always a good listen, even if you know them well, and this my next-to-favorite album of theirs. Featured photograph is modified from the album CD jacket courtesy of AvaxHome. Secondary, included, color photograph is courtesy of Pinterest.

During my freshman year of college (1975), my roommate “Sully,” whom I dearly loved, told me about Spirit and The Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (right here on the Daily Walk), and what great music it is, so I bought it on vinyl and I just love this music a lot. Thanks, Sully, wherever you are, you are one cool dude!

Spirit sounds basically like punk-rock to me, but it is strongly psychedelic rock, too. This was pretty early in the whole evolution of punk sounds, but sounds very matured. I don’t normally cover punk-rock, but this sound is really good and I do love psychedelic sounds, so here is some great Spirit for you! Sources as noted. The lead singer of Spirit, Jay Ferguson, had a successful solo career after the band split up, with such notable hits as Thunder Island (YouTube playlist with many other notable artists).

cool color photograph of the band Spirit

Also watch and listen to Spirit – 1970 – Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus, a recent publication here on The Daily Walk with Love. Both the self-titled debut album (this page, 1968) and The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus are fairly early Spirit and have a more pure “punk” sound. Later, despite protestations to the contrary, Spirit had a somewhat more mainstream psychedelic or punk-rock sound (and more commercial success, too).

Suggested reading is The Third Force of Life, Duality and The Doctrine of Coexistence, The Daily Walk with Love, by Paul Evans:

SUMMARY: There is a wrongness about time which finds it’s expression in our modern society in its obsessions over time and schedules. [(It’s not so much darkness that is evil, it’s our obsesseion with time, and a “wrongness” in the fabric of the space-time continuum. As a matter of fact, when Microsoft and the computer geeks “fix” synchronization issues, that is going to essential fix or “heal” time on earth, and we’ll all more or less live in a simultaneous state of NOW everywhere on earth.)] As the rock band Chicago said, “does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody care? If so I can’t imagine why.” Try to live more process oriented instead of goal oriented and enjoy the life you have been given. “Life is a gift, for which we are grateful.” Live with hope but also with acceptance and in such a way as to grow personally and hopefully to help others: this is true fulfillment. Microsoft and other computer geeks are creating a much more mindfully aware “simultaneous now” and thus healing the flaw in time, at least in some ways, here on earth, which will help heal the world. As I have often joked, “hug a geek today, you may end up working for one tomorrow.” Watch Steve Jobs, “Computers are like a bicycle for our minds.” – Michael Lawrence Films, YouTube short documentary — 1:39.

More on the Punk Rock band Spirit

My own personal favorite song by Spirit is “Nature’s Way,” which is in the included video. Spirit was “active” in 1967-73, 1974-79 and 1982-97. My best source Wikipedia states that their overall style was “psychedelic rock, progressive rock, hard rock, and jazz-rock,” but I definitely feel that they have a strong “punk” element, too. This current album, from 1968, definitely has a good strong punk and psychedelic feel to it. At 53:35, if you like Spirit, this is a nice long album for that time and you’re really going to enjoy it. Wikipedia says of the band Spirit:

Spirit was an American rock band founded in 1967 and based in Los Angeles, California. Their most commercially successful single in the United States was “I Got a Line on You”. They were also known for their albums, including their self-titled debut album, The Family That Plays Together, Clear, and Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.

The original lineup of the group evolved from a Los Angeles band, the Red Roosters, which included Randy California (guitars, vocals), Mark Andes (bass), and Jay Ferguson (vocals, percussion). With the addition of California’s stepfather, Ed Cassidy (drums), and keyboard player John Locke, the new band was originally named the Spirits Rebellious (after a book by Kahlil Gibran), but the name was soon shortened simply to Spirit. In 1966 California played with Jimi Hendrix (then known as Jimmy James) in his band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.

Cassidy was recognizable by his shaven head (hence his nickname “Mr. Skin”, later the title of a Spirit song) and his fondness for wearing black. He was about twenty years older than the rest of the group (born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk, and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.

The poster of this video on YouTube, Fernando Gutierrez Almeira, says of Spirit (edited and with credit to Google Translate):

Spirit was an American rock band, formed in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. After a long and haphazard story, the group ceased to exist as such due to the death of its leader Randy California in 1997.

In 1968, the self-titled LP debuted, which reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200, and remained for more than eight months on the charts. The record showed remnants of initiatory jazz and elaborate string arrangements, the album being more overtly psychedelic.

Please feel encouraged to visit the Spirit page on Facebook, where they have only 475 Likes (as of this morning). Spirit only had the two main hits and just aren’t that well known, but I think they really rock nicely. Jay Ferguson (e.g., Thunder Island) had better success, although in the late sixties to the late seventies, Spirit was fairly well known. Apple music sells Spirit’s songs individually in iTunes format, from 99 cents to $1.29 each, and has all their albums for sale, too, as well as good basic coverage of the band, although for some reason they place Spirit in the “new age” category. Nonsense. Amazon.com has great digital mp3 albums by Spirit mostly for $8.99 or $9.99, which is a pretty good deal, isn’t it? Now I KNOW my fellow geeks would NEVER download any of this in any way illegally, right? These days me neither. Let’s all “get right with God” and work to make the system better from within!

Spirit – 1968 – Spirit

(courtesy of Rick Millman)
1. “Fresh-Garbage” Jay Ferguson 0:00
2. “Uncle Jack” Ferguson 3:11
3. “Mechanical World” Mark Andes, Ferguson 5:54
4. “Taurus” Randy California 11:09
5. “Girl in Your Eye” Ferguson 13:45
6. “Straight Arrow” Ferguson 17:00
7. “Topanga Windows” Ferguson 19:51
8. “Gramophone Man” Andes, California, Ed Cassidy, Ferguson, John Locke 23:28
9. “Water Woman” Ferguson 27:18
10. “The Great Canyon Fire in General” Ferguson 29:29
11. “Elijah” Locke 32:15
12. “Veruska” California 43:00
13. “Free Spirit” Locke 45:55
14. “If I Had a Woman” California 49:47
15. “Elijah” (Alternate Take) Locke 53:35

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