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Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

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Artist:  Spirit

Title:  Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Date:  1970

Label:  Epic Records   KPE 30267

Art Direction:  McCauley and John Locke

Color Photographs:  Ira Cohen

Back Photograph and Graphics:  Bruce McCauley

Line Up:

Randy California: bass, guitar, vocals
Ed Cassidy: percussion, drums
Jay Ferguson: percussion, keyboards, vocals
Mark Andes: bass, vocals
John Locke: keyboards

David Blumberg: horn arrangements


Track Listing

Side 1

a Prelude - Nothin' to Hide
b Nature's Way
c Animal Zoo
d Love Has Found a Way
e Why Can't I Be Free
f Mr. Skin

Side 2

g Space Child
h When I Touch You
i Street Worm
j Life Has Just Begun
k Morning Will Come
l Soldier



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Sixties addicts like me have a bad habit of ranting and raving about obscure psychedelic concept albums that turn out to suck. Well, this one deserves every last rant and rave - it's honestly in the same league as Forever Changes and Odessey And Oracle. Admittedly, the band's influences are only original when compared to the rest of the West Coast scene: Beatles-based rock, contemporary jazz, and just a hint of R & B. But in spite of the usual psychedelic gimmicks - panning, backwards tracks, layered overdubs, quasi-mystical lyrics ("Love Has Found A Way") - there's nothing self-indulgent or amateurish about it. Guitarist Randy California smokes on the few hard-rock numbers ("Street Worm"); it's no coincidence that he had a six-month internship with Jimi Hendrix back in 1967. Drummer Ed Cassidy (California's jazz-trained step-father) and pianist John Locke add substantial musical depth. And even though lead singer Jay Ferguson is pedestrian, they do manage some respectable group harmonies. All of it comes together on no less than five memorable tracks: the hard-hitting, intricately harmonized "Nothin' To Hide"; the earnest acoustic anthem "Nature's Way" - probably their most enduring song; the good-natured, entertainingly gimmicky "Animal Zoo"; the extra-funky "Mr. Skin," like a grittier, more authentic Chicago; and the irresistably uplifting "Morning Will Come," with another ballsy horn arrangement. Produced by Neil Young associate David Briggs. Spirit's three earlier albums don't appear to be as impressive. The group split immediately afterwards, with Cassidy and California leading "Spirit" through a series of commercially inconsequential records over the next three decades.

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