Spirit (8) ‎– Spirit

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The self titled first studio LP release by Spirit.
Recorded in 1967. released in 1968.

Tracklist

Fresh-Garbage
Uncle Jack
Mechanical World
Taurus
Girl In Your Eye
Straight Arrow
Topanga Windows
Gramophone Man
Water Woman
The Great Canyon Fire In General
Elijah

Versions (49)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Z12 44004, Z 1244004 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Pit) Ode Records (2), Ode Records (2) Z12 44004, Z 1244004 US 1968 Sell This Version
Z18 44004 Spirit (8) Spirit(8-Trk, Album) Ode Records (2) Z18 44004 US 1968 Sell This Version
SBP 233581 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP) CBS SBP 233581 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44004 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) Ode Records (2) Z12 44004 US 1968 Sell This Version
S 63278 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) CBS S 63278 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
S 63278 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) CBS S 63278 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
63278, S 63278 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 63278, S 63278 UK 1968 Sell This Version
ELS 327 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) Ode Records (2), Columbia ELS 327 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
SONP 50077 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) CBS/Sony SONP 50077 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
63278, S 63278 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 63278, S 63278 UK 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44003 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono) Ode Records (2) Z12 44003 US 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44003 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono) Ode Records (2) Z12 44003 US 1968 Sell This Version
63278 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono) CBS 63278 UK 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44003, Z 1244003 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono, Ter) Ode Records (2), Ode Records (2) Z12 44003, Z 1244003 US 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44004 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, San) Ode Records (2) Z12 44004 US 1968 Sell This Version
Z12 44004 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Ter) Ode Records (2) Z12 44004 US 1968 Sell This Version
ZQ 1041 Spirit (8) Spirit(Reel, 4tr Stereo, 7" Reel, Album) Ode Records (2) ZQ 1041 US 1968 Sell This Version
EMB 31693 Spirit (8) The Best Of Spirit(LP) Embassy EMB 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
S CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The Best Of Spirit(LP, Album) CBS S CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
EMB 31693 Spirit (8) The Best Of Spirit(LP, Album) Embassy, CBS EMB 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
EMB 31693 Spirit (8) The Best Of Spirit(LP, Album, RE) Embassy EMB 31693 Europe 1979 Sell This Version
31693, S CBS 31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) Embassy, CBS, CBS 31693, S CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) Embassy, CBS, CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) Embassy, CBS, CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1979 Sell This Version
31693, CBS 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS 31693, CBS 31693 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ED CD 311 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Edsel Records ED CD 311 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ED 311 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, RE) Edsel Records ED 311 UK 1989 Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy EK 64965 US 1996 Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy EK 64965 US 1996 Sell This Version
485175 2 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy 485175 2 US 1996 Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy EK 64965 US 1996 Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy EK 64965 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
485175 2 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE, RM) Epic, Legacy, Ode Records (2) 485175 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
RES 2323 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Repertoire Records RES 2323 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
LP 5194 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Sundazed Music LP 5194 US 2005 Sell This Version
MOVLP636 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, RE) Music On Vinyl MOVLP636 Netherlands 2013 Sell This Version
485175 2 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ode Records (3), Epic (2), Legacy (3) 485175 2 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
AFZ 520, 88985433812 Spirit (8) Spirit(SACD, Hybrid, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM) Audio Fidelity (3), Ode Records (2), Epic, Sony Music Commercial Music Group AFZ 520, 88985433812 US 2017 Sell This Version
SICP 5892 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Sony Records Int'l SICP 5892 Japan 2018 Sell This Version
MOVLP636 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Tra) Music On Vinyl, Ode Records (2) MOVLP636 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
480965 2, 01-480965-10 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Columbia, Columbia, Rewind (3), Rewind (3) 480965 2, 01-480965-10 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, RE) Ode Records (2), Epic, Legacy EK 64965 US Unknown Sell This Version
EK 64965 Spirit (8) Spirit(CD, Album, Unofficial) Ode Records (3), Epic (2), Legacy (3) EK 64965 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
LP 5194, P 95987, P95987 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, Mono, RE, RTI) Sundazed Music, Sundazed Music, Sundazed Music LP 5194, P 95987, P95987 US Unknown Sell This Version
Z12 44004, Z 124404 Spirit (8) Spirit(LP, Album, RP) Ode Records (2), Ode Records (2) Z12 44004, Z 124404 US Unknown Sell This Version
40-31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(Cass, Album, RE) CBS, Embassy 40-31693 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CBS 31693, 31693 Spirit (8) The First Album(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS CBS 31693, 31693 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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ldesaes

ldesaes

August 2, 2019
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Tra, MOVLP636
Great pressing. First of all, the transparent vinyl looks beautiful, but that's just a bonus. What really matters is the sound, and it is simply perfect. Very clear sound, rich in details. Highly recommended.
dburgette

dburgette

May 2, 2019
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Tra, MOVLP636
Definitely worth the pick up if you are debating the sonics. It sounds as it should and MOV did a great job with mastering. I believe it is the same pressing as the 2013, just clear. Great sounding record.
mybeatgoeson

mybeatgoeson

October 6, 2017
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Pit, Z12 44004, Z 1244004
Please Note: ALL 3 of the Original Spirit ODE releases WERE issued on CASSETTE Tape with the ODE Cassette prefix number of Z16-. I HAD them and can attest to the fact they DID exist (but were ONLY issued in very small quantites... in late 1969, when Columbia/Epic (who distributed ODE) issued their first Cassette Tape releases)
NotPresentNowPresent

NotPresentNowPresent

October 6, 2016
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Pit, Z12 44004, Z 1244004
A NZ version of this exists. Orange CBS label. Double flipback cover, fully laminated.
Freeheelin

Freeheelin

June 23, 2016
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Pit, Z12 44004, Z 1244004
So a judge has said Spirit was not ripped off by Led Zeppelin for Stairway To Heaven. Bull.
streetmouse

streetmouse

April 16, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Pit, Z12 44004, Z 1244004

Hands down, Spirit is probably the most underrated, if not misunderstood bands to come out of the Psychedelic Era, thought they were one of the first, right there, to take you on an ethereal adventure, foreshadowing what was to come by from the likes of Pink Floyd and later, by Spacemen 3. The album is timeless, as fresh today as when it was laid down.  This was an album to be reckoned with during those mythical times, standing toe to toe with Country Joe's Electric Music For The Mind & Body, and definitely can not be avoided today. There were certainly many groups who rose out of the Hippie, Psychedelic and Counter Culture movements of the 1960’s, yet there were but a handful of bands who were part of the that movement, groups who’s music served as the core, essence and heartbeat of the times. Most of these groups where overlooked by the more popular and more radio friendly, but names like Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Big Brother & The Holding Company and of course Spirit, will be forever linked with these times, because their music lived within those short moments, and will continue to haunt the heads of those of us who were part of those smokey mind-bending exotic nights.

If you talk to the members of Spiritualized, Mojave 3 and others of the Slow Drive and Neo-Psychedelic genre of today, Spirit will be one of the bands sighted as being the most influential to them. These folks lived in the underground, heard only on very late night radio, mixing jazz and rock, stretching their songs out to create musical statements while experimenting with their sounds and instruments. Led Zeppelin nodded to Spirit by playing shows which featured extended medleys of Spirit’s songs, and even went so far as to take Spirit on the road with them. While Jimmy Page’s use of the theremin is directly attributed to hearing Randy California’s use of one that was connected to his guitar amplifier. And though it is little known by fans, it is widely known in the musical circles that Jimmy Page lifted the descending guitar on his song "Stairway To Heaven," from the Spirit song "Taurus."

Then there's the track "Mechanical World," which has been ranked at number 34 of the best psychedelic songs of all time, a five minutes opus where California delivers astonishing guitar solos, creating dramatic effects with his heavy sustained guitar solos. Add to that, the haunting vocals of Jay Ferguson, sounding as if his vocals have been channeled from the great beyond, where this song in and of itself opened a door that would never close. All of the songs on this album are nothing short of masterful, especially when the eleven minute "Elija" filters in, co-laced with jazz and rock, bringing to mind what The Butterfield Blues Band did on their song "East-West," and the early direction King Crimson would take ... but to go on, mentioning other atmospheric numbers such as "Topanga Windows" or "The Great Canyon Fire In General" would be fruitless, when what you need to do his hear this hazed out masterpiece for yourself.

The music is experimental, ranging from rock to jazz, and all wrapped in the warm blanket of psychedelia.  The vocals flow as easily as the instrumentation, taking you out and bringing you back both effortlessly and comfortably.  For the time, the record was expertly mixed and produced, there were no corners cut, what you want to hear is what you hear, there is no straining, no adjustments ... just kick back and let it all wash over you as smoothly as a breath of fresh air. I've been humming "Gramophone Man" for nearly my entire life. And I will never forget the ad Ed Cassidy ran in the back of Rolling Stone Magazine forever ... “Have drums will travel, contact ...” Then I remember picking up Rolling Stone one month and the ad wasn’t there, it seemed like a page in history had been turned. This is an essential album if ever there was one, and it would prove impossible to trace any musical timeline without the inclusion of Spirit, and in particular, this body of work.

*** The Fun Facts: Guitarist Randy California played with a then unknown Jimi Hendrix while in New York, with a band known as Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.

The band was originally known as Spirits of Rebellious, after the book by Kahlil Gibran, but was quickly shortened.

Born in 1923, drummer Ed Cassidy he was about twenty years older than the rest of the group. His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk, and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.

As of June 2016, the court case revolving around whether or not Led Zeppelin lifted the opening chords of "Stairway To Heaven" from Spirit has been put to rest, with Zeppelin being exonerated on all counts. Sadly I wasn't part of the case, because had I been, I would have certainly said that I was there then, that I knew Zeppelin's music, that I knew Spirit's music, and that while the two played together, it was Zeppelin's sound that changed.

Review by Jenell Kesler
buriedinsounds

buriedinsounds

August 12, 2015
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Z12 44004

Spirit was one of the first and great "Prog/Psych Rock" bands that still hasn't been given the attention/fame that they rightfully deserve. This for one thing is a fantastic album. Highly recommended for fans of the genre
mollona

mollona

September 16, 2014
referencing Spirit, LP, Album, Z12 44004
( Sorry my poor english :) )
Spirit was a great surprise for me, my curiosity rose from that "stairway to heaven" story.
I think that no credits or royalties must be given..it is a too small piece of the song and stairway to heaven is much more than a few notes.
But i discovered that Spirit is really much much more than "the band that Jimmi Page stole the idea for stairway to heaven initial guitar riff", it is a very rich and enjoyable musical experience and i think that Page should at least assume such inspiration, the author of Taurus deserve it too much. ( and Spirit made a lot of great songs/albuns )