SPIRIT Bonus Tracks & Rarities + Spirit (1967), The Family That Plays Together (1968), Model Shop (1969), Clear (1969), Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (1970) & Feedback (1972)

Spirit (1967)
The Family That Plays Together (1968)
Model Shop (1969)
Clear (1969)
Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)
Feedback (1972)
Bonus Tracks & Rarities (2011)

Have it both ways, with Spirit’s full reissues and a gathering of their bonuses and rarities. The later is hardly complete, however, as the history and catalog of one of L.A.’s finest is a tangled web, indeed. Since the death of Randy California, there’s also been a steady stream of vault issues that surely contain additional rarities from the band’s prime years (like the previous post, Potato Land)… but that’s for the uber-serious. We just wanted to pull together the low hanging fruit from the official label releases. As it turns out, Sundazed, the label responsible for the righteous unearthing of Spirit’s sole film soundtrack, Model Shop, had already thought of that – releasing two vinyl Lps, Now Or Anywhere & Eventide, with most of these tracks represented. Space forced a few lesser bonuses off, while some new ones were introduced. Get ‘em all below, along with rarities from two excellent gatherings, Time Circle (1968-1972) and Chronicles (1967-1992) (thanks to one of our readers for that one). We’ve limited the time frame to Spirit’s years with Ode and Epic, since things got weird after that. When California split, Ed Cassidy & John Locke hired a self-contained unit in The Staehley Brothers, who brought their own tunes with them to the “last” Spirit album, Feedback. We cheated a little and left in the Model Shop bonuses, even though they were eventually released on the album 35 years later, and we also included a couple of later, live track bonuses from 1974, but since one is a cool live jam of “Fresh-Garbage,” it’s all good. Click the covers for Amazon links. Album track listings are in Comments. MORE SPIRIT HERE.

1
Spirit
Veruska (Previously Unissued) (2:51)
Free Spirit (Previously Unissued) (4:29)
If I Had A Woman (Previously Unissued) (3:13)
Elijah (Alternate Take) (Previously Unissued) (9:43)
The Family The Plays Together
Fog (Outtake) (2:27)
So Little To Say (Bonus Track) (3:01)
Mellow Fellow (Bonus Track) (3:50)
Now Or Anywhere (Outtake) (4:23)
Space Chile (Bonus Track) (6:27)
Model Shop
Aren’t You Glad (Alternate Version) (5:26)
1984 (A-Side Single) (3:39) – Clear
Sweet Stella Baby (Non LP B-Side) (2:57)
Fuller Brush Man (Bonus Track) (3:21)
Coral (Bonus Track) (3:05)
Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
Rougher Road (Previously Unissued) (3:17)
Animal Zoo (Mono Single Version) (3:11)
Morning Will Come (Alternate Mono Mix) (2:51)
Red Light Roll On (Single) (5:42)
Feedback
New York City (3:37)
2
Time Circle (1968-1972)
Sherozode (Outtake From The Family That Plays Together) (2:13)
Eventide (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (4:22)
Model Shop Theme (The Moving Van) (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (2:58)
Green Gorilla (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (2:19)
Ice (Full Length Version) (7:08)
Turn To The Right (Early Mix From Potato Land Sessions) (3:48)
Chronicles (1967-1992)
If I Had A Woman (Demo) (3:16)
Darlin’ (Demo) (3:13)
Hey Joe (Demo) (3:36)
I Can’t Stand It (Demo) (2:50)
Elijah (Different Solos) (11:52)
Genetic Dreams (Live) (2:02)
Fresh-Garbage (Live) (3:49)
Eventide
Model Shop (Rehearsal Theme 1) (3:27)
Model Shop (Rehearsal Theme 2) (1:13)
Coral (Short Version) (2:05)
Radio Spot 1 (0:57)
Radio Spot 2 (0:56)

Spirit (1967)

Listen to what they’re doing in the middle of “Mechanical World”… a military beat, high suspense strings, a most psychedelic guitar, cryptic and distant apocalyptic vocals. It’s not so much a “song” as it is a 5-member performance piece, with everybody carving out a distinct niche for themselves, seemingly incidental of what the others are up to. There’s also a hint of what The Moody Blues were about to get famous for the same year. Don’t bring up “Taurus,” though, a touchy situation since royalties were involved, as the instrumental Randy California song somehow found itself as the uncredited basis for Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven,” nearly four years later.

The Family That Plays Together (1968)

The debut was serious, dark, jazzy, experimental and outside-the-box in the best ways, but this album’s lead off track, “I Got A Line On You,” was an irresistible blast of rockin’ summer fun that finally brought the masses Spirit’s way. The AMG calls the first side of  The Family That Plays Together “a wonderful and seamless suite, one of the greatest sides on Los Angeles rock,” and they’re not wrong. The vocals, by themselves, are worthy of study, as Spirit delivers intricate harmonies alongside the already fresh melodic ideas that shaped their often multi-part compositions. Check out the vox confidence of “Poor Richard,” and how expertly the voices buoy the deceptively simple instrumentation. This stuff really was different from what other bands were doing at the time, a feat in itself.

Model Shop (1969)

Model Shop, the band’s long-lost 1969 film soundtrack never saw the light of day, back in the day, save for a handful of the score’s short, instrumental forays that linked tracks on Spirit’s next album, Clear. It wouldn’t be until 2005 that Sundazed Records would pluck the music from obscurity to issue the complete score for the first time, and it displays a side of Spirit that true fans already knew existed, but – in this full soundtrack setting -shines an all new light on the group’s prowess and abilities. Like finding a new set of ancient human bones, traditional thinking was instantly altered regarding Spirit’s potential and worth when they so easily nailed this soundtrack assignment. Model Shop represents a destiny that could have been, like, say… Pink Floyd, with soundtrack work providing a viable avenue for the group’s more experimental ideas. Unfortunately, that future was not to be. Hear “Mellow Fellow,” above.

Clear (1969)

When Spirit hit their rockin’ groove, they were unstoppable. “Dark Eyed Woman” featured yet another magnetic hook that lit up the radio whenever it came on, but… listen to what Spirit does with that opportunity. They launch into what sounds like a live-in-the-studio jazz jam, spiked with the pure psychedelic guitar solos that helped to define their sound, and for which I was always a total sucker for. By itself, this music could never make it on AM radio, but wrapped in that glorious riff, it found a home… at least regionally, if not nationally. The juxtaposition encapsulates Spirit’s entire philosophy. Hook ‘em in, then slap ‘em across the face until they understand. With instrumental interludes from Model Shop in tow, Clear offered more of the band’s impossibly friendly unpredictability.

Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)

Hard to believe that when it was first released in 1970, Spirit’s psych/pop essential, Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus – a record chock full of classics – couldn’t muster any hits. “Animal Zoo” was released six months ahead of the LP (and just skimmed the bottom of the charts), while the well-known cultural classic, “Nature’s Way,” was an FM – not AM – staple over the next few years. “Mr. Skin” later became a fan favorite (and minor FM hit), as well. But, Sardonicus wouldn’t go gold for another six years and its lack of initial success led both Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes to flee Spirit and form Jo Jo Gunne. Marking the end of one of the greatest gatherings of talent in a single place since Buffalo Springfield. Many view Dr. Sardonicus as the band’s most worthy, but you could almost say that about any of their albums to this point. Listen to the amazing vocal intricacies in “Love Has Found A Way,” which grow and develop all the way to the end of the tune. Brian Wilson would be pleased.

Feedback (1972)

A fascinating album. It’s not Spirit, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. Randy California followed Jay Ferguson’s and Mark Andes’ lead and went solo, but drummer Ed Cassidy (remember when bald guys were a novelty?) and keyboardist John Locke continued on, hiring a practically self-contained unit in the Staehley Brothers, who brought their own style and compositions to the “last” Spirit album, Feedback. I bought, but abandoned, this album in ’72, but listening back I missed something that jumps out of the speakers in this century; John Locke. Not only are his compositions (“Puesta del Scam” & “Darkness”) the most Spirited of the music here, but his keyboard work behind the dominating Staehleys is on fire. It’s like he was let out of a cage, just waiting for a chance to play some bottled-up, no-frills rock. Before this, “Spirit” was never this simplistic (for lack of a better word), which might be why Locke’s playing sounds so unfettered. Give a listen to “Cadillac Cowboys,” above. If, like I did, you listen to Feedback to hear a Spirit album, you’ll probably have the same negative reaction I did way back when. But the truth is, it’s not an awful album, it just has the wrong band name on the cover. David Briggs (of Neil Young fame) produces.

25 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    September 9, 2011 - 21:46 | Permalink

    .
    .
    .
    Find it all HERE
    .
    .
    .
    BONUS TRACKS & RARITIES
    1
    Veruska (Previously Unissued) (2:51) – Spirit
    Free Spirit (Previously Unissued) (4:29)
    If I Had A Woman (Previously Unissued) (3:13)
    Elijah (Alternate Take) (Previously Unissued) (9:43)
    Fog (Outtake) (2:27) – The Family The Plays Together
    So Little To Say (Bonus Track) (3:01)
    Mellow Fellow (Bonus Track) (3:50)
    Now Or Anywhere (Outtake) (4:23)
    Space Chile (Bonus Track) (6:27)
    Aren’t You Glad (Alternate Version) (5:26) – Model Shop
    1984 (A-Side Single) (3:39) – Clear
    Sweet Stella Baby (Non LP B-Side) (2:57)
    Fuller Brush Man (Bonus Track) (3:21)
    Coral (Bonus Track) (3:05)
    Rougher Road (Previously Unissued) (3:17) – Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
    Animal Zoo (Mono Single Version) (3:11)
    Morning Will Come (Alternate Mono Mix) (2:51)
    Red Light Roll On (Single) (5:42)
    New York City (3:37) – Feedback
    2
    Sherozode (Outtake From The Family That Plays Together) (2:13) – Time Circle (1968-1972)
    Eventide (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (4:22)
    Model Shop Theme (The Moving Van) (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (2:58)
    Green Gorilla (Originally Recorded For Model Shop) (2:19)
    Ice (Full Length Version) (7:08)
    Turn To The Right (Early Mix From Potato Land Sessions) (3:48)
    If I Had A Woman (Demo) (3:16) – Chronicles (1967-1992)
    Darlin’ (Demo) (3:13)
    Hey Joe (Demo) (3:36)
    I Can’t Stand It (Demo) (2:50)
    Elijah (Different Solos) (11:52)
    Genetic Dreams (Live) (2:02)
    Fresh-Garbage (Live) (3:49)
    Model Shop (Rehearsal Theme 1) (3:27) – Eventide
    Model Shop (Rehearsal Theme 2) (1:13)
    Coral (Short Version) (2:05)
    Radio Spot 1 (0:57)
    Radio Spot 2 (0:56)

    SPIRIT (1967)
    Fresh-Garbage (3:12)
    Uncle Jack (2:44)
    Mechanical World (5:15)
    Taurus (2:37)
    Girl In Your Eye (3:15)
    Straight Arrow (2:51)
    Topanga Windows (3:37)
    Gramophone Man (3:50)
    Water Woman (2:12)
    The Great Canyon Fire In General (2:47)
    Elijah (10:49)
    Veruska (Previously Unissued) (2:51)
    Free Spirit (Previously Unissued) (4:29)
    If I Had A Woman (Previously Unissued) (3:13)
    Elijah (Alternate Take) (Previously Unissued) (9:43)

    THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER (1968)
    I Got A Line On You (2:38)
    It Shall Be (3:25)
    Poor Richard (2:29)
    Silky Sam (4:06)
    Drunkard (2:42)
    Darlin’ If (3:38)
    It’s All The Same (4:44)
    Jewish (2:50)
    Dream Within A Dream (3:03)
    She Smiles (2:32)
    Aren’t You Glad (5:38)
    Fog (Outtake) (2:27)
    So Little To Say (Bonus Track) (3:01)
    Mellow Fellow (Bonus Track) (3:50)
    Now Or Anywhere (Outtake) (4:23)
    Space Chile (Bonus Track) (6:27)

    MODEL SHOP (1969/2005)
    The Moving Van (1:56)
    Mellow Fellow (2:50)
    Now Or Anywhere (4:39)
    Fog (2:24)
    Green Gorilla (2:13)
    Model Shop I (2:02)
    Model Shop II (4:08)
    The Rehearsal Theme (1:12)
    Song For Lola (Clear) (5:47)
    Eventide (3:57)
    Coral (4:23)
    Aren’t You Glad (Alternate Version) (5:26)

    CLEAR (1969)
    Dark Eyed Woman (3:11)
    Apple Orchard (4:09)
    So Little Time To Fly (2:51)
    Ground Hog (3:07)
    Cold Wind (3:26)
    Policeman’s Ball (2:24)
    Ice (5:53)
    Give A Life, Take A Life (3:25)
    I’m Truckin’ (2:27)
    Clear (4:11)
    Caught (3:13)
    New Dope In Town (4:31)
    1984 (A-Side Single) (3:39)
    Sweet Stella Baby (Non LP B-Side) (2:57)
    Fuller Brush Man (Bonus Track) (3:21)
    Coral (Bonus Track) (3:05)

    TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS (1970)
    Prelude – Nothin’ To Hide (3:44)
    Nature’s Way (2:40)
    Animal Zoo (3:11)
    Love Has Found A Way (2:42)
    Why Can’t I Be Free (1:05)
    Mr. Skin (4:01)
    Space Child (3:26)
    When I Touch You (5:37)
    Street Worm (3:43)
    Life Has Just Begun (3:30)
    Morning Will Come (2:51)
    Soldier (2:50)
    Rougher Road (Previously Unissued) (3:17)
    Animal Zoo (Mono Single Version) (3:11)
    Morning Will Come (Alternate Mono Mix) (2:51)
    Red Light Roll On (Single) (5:42)

    FEEDBACK (1972)
    Chelsea Girls (3:29)
    Cadillac Cowboys (3:38)
    Puesta Del Scam (2:02)
    Ripe And Ready (3:53)
    Darkness (4:48)
    Earth Shaker (3:55)
    Mellow Morning (2:22)
    Right On Time (2:48)
    Trancas Fog-Out (2:37)
    Witch (5:21)
    New York City (3:37) (Bonus Track)

  • 2
    September 9, 2011 - 22:33 | Permalink

    This is just what I needed.

  • 3
    September 9, 2011 - 23:03 | Permalink

    Spirit are truly one of the most underrated bands of all time. Their albums in the 60′s and the early 70′s are just fantastic.

  • 5
    Dave
    September 10, 2011 - 00:15 | Permalink

    Thanks for this. I bought ‘Twelve Dreams’ some time ago and it has been one of my favorite albums. Time to test drive the rest!
    Regards, Dave.

  • 6
    miles
    September 10, 2011 - 00:27 | Permalink

    willard…

    thanks for the refresher on what a great band ‘spirit’ were in their day. as you said, “really different from what other bands were doing at the time.” we could use another group of musicians as creative and adventurous as ‘spirit’ today. i look forward to sampling the ‘original potato land’ and maybe some of the rarities when i have time. thanks.

  • 7
    Anonymous
    September 10, 2011 - 09:31 | Permalink

    Bar none the greatest semi-unknown band of the sixties. Thanks for the chance to hear Feedback and expand from Time Circle (an excellent, quite comprehensive comp).

  • 8
    bd
    September 11, 2011 - 04:51 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard. Spirit created fantastic music and surely is one of the most overlooked bands of the late 60′s-early 70′s. Amazing how well their music holds up and still sounds so fresh–at least to these ears–some 40 years down the road.

  • 9
    Gerald Fisher
    September 12, 2011 - 17:45 | Permalink

    Willard, did you post this over at ‘Stairway To Heaven’?

    I just wondered because it was posted by “Willard’s Wormholes’, and I hadn’t seen any posts like that before.

    • 10
      Willard
      September 12, 2011 - 18:52 | Permalink

      Yeah, thanks for checking. I’ll post over there every once in awhile just to remind folks we’re here.

  • 11
    September 13, 2011 - 00:19 | Permalink

    Sardonicus is a true classic. Have heard it for decades and never get tired of it.

  • 12
    kboyo
    September 16, 2011 - 22:07 | Permalink

    Just listened to t hear Sardonicus for the first time in probably 30 years. Thanks so much. Truly awesome!!!!

  • 13
    Ian of Cornwall
    September 23, 2011 - 10:48 | Permalink

    Excellent post, Willard! Great to have the bonus tracks…..and for making me revisit the albums, I thank you. Cheers. Peace.

  • 14
    Terry
    November 22, 2011 - 14:10 | Permalink

    Thanks for the bonusses & rarities – nice to have them all in one go, so to speak.
    A request – is anyone out there able to point me towards a download of “Garden of Creation” from the 2002 issue “Sea Dream”. Every site from i-Tunes (where I got the rest of the album from) upward is missing that one track.

    • 15
      Willard
      November 22, 2011 - 16:41 | Permalink

      I don’t, sorry. I gave a cursory look but didn’t see anything.

      • 16
        Terry
        November 22, 2011 - 17:01 | Permalink

        OK, I’ll keep searching – I don’t want to buy a 2cd set (again) just for one missing track. Thanks for taking the time to look.

        • 17
          Willard
          November 22, 2011 - 17:08 | Permalink

          Keep at it. I saw one download for it, but the files were deleted, so someone will pop it up sooner or later.

  • 18
    Brian
    January 2, 2012 - 22:44 | Permalink

    Magnificent band. First heard them, their first album, through a friend who was a DJ at the local university campus radio station. I used to sit in with him while he played Spirit, Soft Machine, Steppenwolf, the Dead, Quicksilver, the Airplane… all the stuff only heard on that new media delivery system: FM Underground radio! Ahhhhhhh! Those WERE the days! Pretty much the only way to hear what was NOT being heard by ‘the masses’. Until the advent of the blogosphere that is. Ahhhhhh! THESE are the days! Many thanks.

    -Brian

  • 19
    KDNYfm
    May 3, 2012 - 13:32 | Permalink

    I discovered the first Spirit album shortly after it’s release. Across from my high school was a local music instrument store, manned during the day by a local musician/singer who played a lot of the music of the day in his band. (this band also introduced me to Pink Floyd and others) I walked in to the store and he was playing Uncle Jack. I was hooked! I ended up working in local record store and continued to turn people on to the wonders of Spirit. I have 90% of the vinyl releases and the 2 CD collections.
    I really appreciate the opportunity for the outtakes and bonus material.

    Thanx Willard!
    Al

    • 20
      Willard
      May 3, 2012 - 13:40 | Permalink

      I had a similar reaction to Uncle Jack, partly because I HAD an Uncle Jack. That debut was my entry as well.

  • 21
    Vince Jonas
    August 31, 2013 - 14:47 | Permalink

    Hey Willard! Wow, thank you so much for the Rarities and Alternate Potatoland download! I’m such a huge SPIRIT fan, probably the only one of my generation haha. Thanks for keeping the Spirit alive!

  • 23
    proggy
    November 7, 2013 - 23:17 | Permalink

    Cheers….. great posts from a great band….Thanks Willard

  • 24
    rob
    August 25, 2014 - 17:27 | Permalink

    I only just found you. Looking for Spirit stuff and fell into the wormhole. A brilliant place you got here.

    • 25
      Willard
      August 25, 2014 - 17:29 | Permalink

      Thanks for commenting.

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>