A classic album from an under appreciated rock band, Spirit (at least the original line up) only lasted four albums with one full reunion album (re-recording their classic hits forthe most part) but they made quite a creative racket. The band's first album largely consists of original material written by Jay Ferguson with guitarist Randy California (Wolfe--California was the last name given to Randy by Jimi Hendrix who briefly played with Randy in another band) bassist Mark Andes and keyboardist John Locke contributing additional material. California was an inspired guitar player (sadly missed). The album made it to #31 on the charts because of all the FM radio airplay.
After the original five piece split up, drummer Ed Cassidy and keyboardist John Locke recruited two new members before the band became California and Cassidy.
The remaster by Steve Hoffman sounds terrific but thenprevious CD mastered by avid Anesini also sounded great as well. The SACD layer is what make this highly recommended as it has improved depth, transparency and warmth compared to Vic's CD. The CD layer is, IMHO, comparable between the original remaster by Anesini and the Hoffman remaster. I do wish that we could have gotten a quad mix (I honestly don't remember if it ever received one or not but, if it did, it would have made this release even more essential and unique. As it is, this is a terrific reissue and this does include the bonus tracks that were on the Anesini remaster as well.
I'm looking forward to seeing all four albums receiving an hybrid SACD release. Keep in mind that, for some reason, Amazon can't immediately fulfill this order as it took a week for it to ship and I ended up also ordering from elusive disc (ended up with two copies too unfortunately).
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Classic first album from the original line up of the band on hybrid SACD/CD.
2017年6月22日 - (Amazon.com)
buy it in any format
2018年9月12日 - (Amazon.com)
phenomenally, weirdly great, this IS the 60s. if lou adler wasn’t their blinkered producer they would have been @ closing band to Woodstock.
Kenneth R. Springer
2017年6月27日 - (Amazon.com)
Excellent buy and very good product!
2017年8月31日 - (Amazon.com)
Great album, just OK SACD sound.
Very little breath of life here.
2017年9月15日 - (Amazon.com)
Steve Hoffman remixed this great album. It still sounds about like the other Spirit reissues to me.