Spirit - Archive - An Introduction, The (Music CD)

Release Date: 03 November 2008
Artist: Spirit
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Since singer/songwriter/guitarist Randy California's accidental death in 1997, his estate has issued a series of albums drawn from his extensive archive of unreleased recordings by the band he led, Spirit. This 20-track CD is a compilation that presents some highlights from those albums. Producer/compiler Mick Skidmore has been responsible for the assembly of the albums, and here he constructs a representative sampling that includes socially conscious rock songs like "Son of America" and "Shock Values"; folk-blues numbers played on acoustic bottleneck guitar such as "Wagon of Wood," and a cover of "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)"; live recordings; some psychedelic experiments; and catchy pop/rock tunes like "My Friend" and "Zandu." California was an adept rock guitarist, a good singer, and a versatile songwriter whose relationship with the record business had its ups and downs (he details some of the problems in "Shock Values"), such that his recorded legacy is only partly accounted for on the albums Spirit made for Ode/Epic and Mercury Records in the '60s and '70s. The rest saw only fitful release during California's lifetime, leaving the archival series to fill in the picture. This introduction to material that has come out of the vault already suggests the consistency with which California wrote, recorded, and performed throughout his career. Those who hear it may want to investigate the albums from which it was drawn, while waiting for more to come. ~ William Ruhlmann
Release Date: 03 November 2008
Artist: Spirit

1. Son Of America
2. Cages
3. Suntronics
4. His Love
5. Wagon Of Wood
6. When You're Smilin'
7. French Apartment
8. Charlie James
9. Miss This Train
10. Soldier
11. Jam Free
12. Shock Values
13. Oil Slick (Million Years Suite)
14. My Friend
15. You Know
16. Neptune Caper
17. Victim Of Society
18. Zandu
19. Reeling The Night
20. Nature's Way (instrumental/edit)
21. Nature's Way (instrumental/edit)

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Catalogue No: ACAB9003