SPIRIT – ” Spirit ” Released 22nd January 1968.

Posted: January 23, 2016 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Spirit released their self-titled debut LP “Spirit” on January. 22nd, 1968. The album received significant underground FM airtime.

It really was one of the most important records of its day. The song “Fresh Garbage” has been sampled in the Pink song “Feel Good Time”, found on the soundtrack of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. “Fresh Garbage” was also used as the title (and theme music) of a rock music program on BBC Radio London in the early 1970s.

Then there is the Led Zeppelin thing….The guitar riff that occurs about :43 into “Taurus” is known to have influenced Jimmy Page in ‘composing’ his famous intro to “Stairway to Heaven”. (Lawsuits) Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit on an American tour in 1968, and also borrowed the riff of “Fresh Garbage” during early live performances of the song ‘As Long as I Have You’.

How many of you had this record when it first came out?

Happy 48th Birthday to the debut LP by Spirit “Spirit”!!

The lead-off track to Spirit’s 1968 debut album comes out of nowhere and sounds like nothing else out there at the time. The closest relatives to the style of the song would probably be Love or the Doors, but with a touch of Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention thrown in. Even that doesn’t quite tell the story of the sound here. It’s psychedelic to be sure, but not in the cliched sense of the word. It certainly made the case for letting the album play on!

In this episode of “where’d that riff come from?,” we learn that Led Zeppelin were equal opportunity “borrowers,” taking not only from the elder blues artists, but from their contemporaries as well. There’s no denying that the gentle acoustic guitar riff in ‘Taurus’ is owed something from ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ It’s no small coincidence then that Led Zep served as opening band for Spirit on the band’s 1969 US tour or that Zep used to include a version of Spirit’s ‘Fresh Garbage’ in their early live sets. Regardless of its spawn, it’s a beautiful and ethereal instrumental.

Very much of its era, ‘Girl in Your Eye’ lets loose with a flood of sitar-laced sounds. The song, however, is strong enough to hold its own and conquer any ‘period piece’ daggers you want to throw at it. A beautiful melody carries this one along while the sitar gives way to a biting guitar solo from unsung six-stringer Randy California who drives this deeper into lysergic territory. Come along for the ride, the weather’s fine.

Released in January of 1968, Spirit’s debut album is one of rock’s unsung masterpieces, combining elements of pop, rock and jazz into a psychedelic brew. ‘Uncle Jack’ is one of many highlights on the LP. Its surging, driving rhythm coupled with a melodic sense reminiscent of much of U.K. psychedelia makes this a real gem that captures the band’s early adventures perfectly.


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