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Editors’ Notes

Spirit’s last album is also their magnum opus. Helmed by Neil Young producer David Briggs (who brings a real sonic gravitas to the songs), it hints of environmental catastrophes (the magnificent “Nature’s Way”) and hallucinogenic dreaming (the jazzy “Space Child”). But the loose concepts here are really psychedelic treatises; the album reveals Spirit to be lunatics who brought some sweet mojo to the party. The beautifully optimistic “Life Has Just Begun,” the David Crosby–gentle “Soldier,” and the towering “Morning Will Come” (oh those horns!) all adhere to late-’60s, early-’70s musical transcendence, when rock ’n’ roll landscapes were still wide open.

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Best "Concept Album" Ever... alongside Sgt Pep

While Sgt Pepper as a concept ground breaking record was great, I'd have to rate this recording on equal grounds. Anyone that understands or think they understand this record, it was all about the twelve (dreams) songs in sequence. The record company never should have added any bonus tunes to this baby in my opinion! I think they ruin the essence of a great piece of art. Could you imagine if these guys stayed together and came out with a sequel to this? Randy California Forever!

This album is classic and it rocks!

This is easily the best album by Spirit and it sounds as good today as it did in 1970. The songs still sound fresh and the lyrics to Nature's Way are more relevant today than when it was written. Animal Zoo is fun, Mr. Skin and Morning Will Come really kick it out, and the rest of the songs are great, too. One of my favorite albums of all time. One question, though: how exactly DID they create the cover art? It's trippy...

This album is 7 years older than I am...

and it just rocks socks in all sortsa ways. Artistry over posturing. The thing I like most about this band is how they always sound like they are searching as they create. Easily in my top 20 LP's of all time. And that list also includes Kiss, Nirvana, and Radiohead. Did u know Spirit passed on the slot before Hendrix at Woodstock, the lable wanted them to concentrate on promoting the album. Man...

Biography

Formed: 1967 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Spirit was a highly regarded rock band that achieved modest commercial success, charting 11 albums in the U.S. between 1968 and 1977. Founded in Los Angeles in 1967 by musicians who had a mixture of rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, and jazz backgrounds, and who ranged in age from 16 to 44, the group had an eclectic musical style in keeping with the early days of progressive rock; they were as likely to play a folk ballad featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar, a jazz instrumental full of imaginative...
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