Music Reviews: 'Spirit'; 'The Family That Plays Together'; 'Clear Spirit'; 'Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus'
From 'The Family That Plays Together' to 'Clear Spirit,' a look at some of the west coast band's reissues
Seekers of esoteric musical thrills might do well to investigate these reissues of the all but forgotten West Coast band Spirit’s late ’60s/early ’70s albums, each complete with the by-now-requisite bonus tracks. Best remembered for hits like ”I Got a Line on You” and ”Nature’s Way,” Spirit navigated the then-uncharted waters of proto-fusion, art rock, and hippie jamming. In fact, there’s a distinctly Phishy smell to tracks like ”I’m Truckin”’ (from Clear Spirit). Thankfully, unlike many latter-day chops flaunters, these guys mostly kept to the four-minute mark, so that even the unsuccessful experiments are mercifully brief.
Spirit: B; The Family That Plays Together: B-; Clear Spirit: B+; Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus: B+