Spirit – Spirit (1968) [Audio Fidelity 2017]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:52 minutes | Scans included | 2,59 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,32 GB
Mastered by Steve Hoffman | Audio Fidelity # AFZ-520 | Genre: Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Spirit’s debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. Teenaged Randy California immediately established a signature sound with his humming, sustain-heavy tone; middle-aged drummer Ed Cassidy gave the group unusual versatility; and the songs tackled unusual lyrical themes, like “Fresh Garbage” and “Mechanical World.” As is often the case in such hybrids, the sum fell somewhat short of the parts; they could play more styles than almost any other group, but couldn’t play (or, more crucially, write) as well as the top acts in any given one of those styles. There’s some interesting stuff here, nonetheless; “Uncle Jack” shows some solid psych-pop instincts, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin lifted the opening guitar lines of “Taurus” for their own much more famous “Stairway to Heaven.”
02. Uncle Jack
03. Mechanical World
05. Girl In Your Eye
06. Straight Arrow
07. Topanga Windows
08. Gramophone Man
09. Water Woman
10. The Great Canyon Fire In General
12. Veruska [Bonus Track]13. Free Spirit [Bonus Track]14. If I Had A Woman [Bonus Track]15. Elijah (alternate Take) [Bonus Track]
Mastered for this SACD by Steve Hoffman at Marsh Mastering.
Authoring by Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering.