March 19, 2008 Playlist

"Spirit" by Spirit (1968)
Spirit  "Spirit"  1968 (USA)
Spirit was a unique and interesting band from the sixties.  Though generally considered part of the West Coast psychedelic scene, I think their real importance was their role as originators of "jazz rock" (they were a key influence on Steely Dan even!)  Keyboardist John Locke (also a famous philosopher, Irish poet, and a character on TV's Lost) and famously bald drummer  Ed "Mr. Skin" Cassidy were the two jazz musicians in the band, while youngsters Mark Andes (bass), Jay Ferguson (lead vocals) and Randy California (lead guitar, Hendrix disciple and Cassidy's stepson) rounded out the original lineup. 
Here's a groovy (if low quality) video for Spirit's lone Top 40 hit single, "I Got A Line On You" from their second LP of 1968, The Family That Plays Together.  And here's a live clip of the 1978 version of the band playing their hippie anthem "Nature's Way", from yet another masterpiece Spirit album, 1970's Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year (Label) Country
Santana Se A Cabo Abraxas 1970 Mexico/USA
The Doors Soul Kitchen The Doors 1967 USA
The Zombies I Want You Back Again A-side single (Zombie Heaven CD compilation) 1965 UK
Man Empty Room Revelation 1969 UK (Wales)
Spirit Fresh Garbage Spirit  CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK 1968 USA
Spirit Uncle Jack Spirit  CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK 1968 USA
Spirit Mechanical World Spirit  CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK 1968 USA
Sly & The Family Stone In Time Fresh 1973 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Remember Who You Are Back On The Right Track 1979 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Everyday People Stand! 1969 USA
Curtis Mayfield Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey) (Live) Curtis / Live! 1971 USA
Stevie Wonder Higher Ground Innervisions 1973 USA
James Brown People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul Slaughter's Big Rip Off 1973 USA
Epitaph Outside The Law Outside The Law 1974 Germany
Love Live Life + 1 Shadows Of The Mind Love Will Make A Better You 1971 Japan
Supersister Alexander Iskander 1973 Netherlands
Alrune Rod Alrune Rod Alrune Rod 1969 Denmark
Eno - Möbius - Rödelius  Broken Head After The Heat 1978 UK/Germany
Boredoms Now Dom Go Synthesizer Way (Why?) Chocolate Synthesizer 1995 Japan
Algarnas Tradgard 5/4 (CD bonus track) Framtiden Ar Ett Svavande Skepp, Forankrat I Forntiden 1972 Sweden
Boo And Boo Too
You Are A Tide Boo And Boo Too EP (N) 2008 (Ironpaw) USA
The Big Sleep
The Big Guns Sleep Forever (N) 2008 (French Kiss) USA
Bear Claw
Rudimentary Understanding Slow Speed: Deep Owls (N) 2008 (Sick Room) USA
The Mars Volta
Metatron The Bedlam In Goliath (N) 2008 (Universal) USA
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Real Emotional Trash Real Emotional Trash (N) 2008 (Matador) USA
Brute Force (R) To Sit On A Sandwich I, Brute Force - Confections Of Love 1966 USA
The Black Lips
Step Right Up Good Bad Not Evil (N) 2007 (Vice) USA
Earthling Society
The Moonlit Road (version 1) Beauty & The Beast (N) 2008 (forthcoming) UK
Gotam Giant World Knowledge Bliss Control (N) 2008 (Fuzzworld) USA
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