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Album Review

Norman Greenbaum was much stranger than his big hit "Spirit in the Sky" would suggest. Then again, that tune — a confident, fuzz-toned paean to God, that sprit in the sky — is hardly the most conventional of '70s AM anthems, so perhaps it isn't surprising that the album bearing the same title is all over the map, with sub-War low-riding anthems ("Junior Cadillac"), singer/songwriter introspection, eerie post-psychedelic pop (the genuinely unsettling "Marcy"), and utter oddities ("Canned Ham"). That, of course, means that it's far more fascinating than many soft rock curiosities of the early '70s, and the near-schizophrenic cavalcade of material means that the record doesn't hold together, but that's part of what makes it worth hearing. And while Greenbaum wasn't exactly a consistent songwriter, he did hit the mark several times ("Skyline," "Canned Ham," "Jubilee," and "Junior Cadillac" are all strong), and even the misfires are interesting and well-crafted, at least in terms of its early-'70s peers. This doesn't mean that it's a lost gem, but for listeners who want to dig into early '70s AM pop and soft rock, it's certainly worth hearing. [Varese Sarabande's 2001 reissue contains several previously unreleased bonus tracks, including the non-LP demos "Save Me for a Rainy Day" and "Chocolate Milk," plus a folky "Spirit in the Sky" and a radio promo.]

Customer Reviews

AWESOME!!!

Cuz it's just that! AWESOME!!! :)

Spirit in the Sky Rocks

Still a Classic Rock song after all these years! A must have song to add to your collection ! ! !

Biography

Born: November 20, 1942 in Malden, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Best-known for his 1970 hit "Spirit in the Sky," singer/songwriter Norman Greenbaum was born November 20, 1942, in Malden, MA. He began his musical career while a student at Boston University, playing area coffeehouses before relocating to the West Coast during the mid-'60s and forming a kind of psychedelic jug band dubbed Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band. After issuing the 1966 single "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago," which fell just shy of reaching the Top 50, the group disbanded, and Greenbaum...
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