Spirit – in it’s most recognized form it represents an exhilarated feeling of confidence and empowerment that manifests as a motivating force. And then there’s the reference to the ethereal powerful essence of oneself that survives death in the ongoing evolution of one’s soul, or spirit.
Spirit – the perfectly appropriate name for the band that embodies exhilarating motivating force and evolved musical talents produced, created and conjured the twelve excellent, diverse yet unified, hard rockin’ heartfelt magickal tracks on this epic (E30267) album.
It is hard not to get a “concept album” feel with this album – the loosely associated twelve “dreams” deal with the exact current tissues of 1970 – ecology, politics, culture, war, love and reality; these were the themes and feelings that were heavy in our physical realm as well as in our dreams.
Advanced realizations of relationships between each other and nature, deep feelings of love, dramatic understandings of life, raw emotions of free-spirited fun and Rockin’ epic times were forged into sublime time-stamp music by Spirits’ mystical mastery of jazz, heavy metal, folk, rock, progressive, blues and psychedelic perfections; these dreams were Hippies’ and Rockers’ delight – gifts from Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.
One of Rock’s finest moments:
All songs written by Randy California except noted:
1. “Prelude – Nothin’ to Hide” 3:41
. . . WAKE UP! Rip-roaring opening track that just takes off! Then cranks it up higher on the psychedelic spaceways! Whew! . . .
2. “Nature’s Way” 2:30
“. . . it’s Nature’s way of telling you something’s wrong, . . .”
3. “Animal Zoo” Ferguson 3:20
“Everywhere I turn now, just more bad news
So don’t look now and don’t ask how, Gonna find me a way to the animal zoo”
4. “Love Has Found a Way” California, Locke 2:42
. . . back-trackin’, xylophone cosmic interludes . . .
5. “Why Can’t I Be Free?” 1:03
. . . simple question, complex answer . . .
6. “Mr. Skin” Ferguson 3:50
. . . Ed Cassidy, Jazz Rock Drummer Master – R.I.P. . . .
7. “Space Child” Locke 3:26
. . . Spacey, Jazzy, Moogy, Lounge Rock Instrumental Classic . . .
8. “When I Touch You” Ferguson 5:35
Here it is Rockers; the song that every Hard Rock Metal band wishes they wrote, then, now and in the future.
This is the most gorgeous Masterpiece ever. This is a song that all serious songwriters should study for emotion and precise use of anguish and beauty, force and restraint – and vocals that rend the soul to end with a mini Doom Metal anthem. Everything, every aspect of this track is perfect. But of course, the same goes for the whole album as this is just one of the Twelve Dreams.
9. “Street Worm” Ferguson 3:40
. . . funky free spirit Street Worm . . .
10. “Life Has Just Begun” 3:22
. . . “Oh hey Kiowa, I know your name” . . . catchy, intricate and fun layered vocals, and “life has just begun” . . .
11. “Morning Will Come” 2:58
. . . Righteous Classic Upbeat Rocker about all the lovin’ fun to be had before the morning will come . . .
(Try NOT to Rock to this song,)
12. “Soldier” 2:43
. . . War . . .
1970 and 1971 were both Big Psychedelic Years and with Dr. Sardonicus, Spirit once again took all of their unique elements and produced a true masterpiece, a fine album – a perfect example of the late ’60s and early ’70s Pinnacle of Rock.
Clockwise from top left:
John Locke – Keyboards, Art Direction
Randy California – Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mark Andes – Bass, Vocals
Jay Ferguson – Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Ed Cassidy – Percussion, Drums
the SPIRIT of LOVE
00individual has always had a weird, but cool correlation vibe between Love’s Forever Changes album released November 1967 and Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus released November 1970, and here’s why:
Both are essentially “non-concept” concept albums that are subliminally and obviously connected through the themes and subject matter that captured the Counter Culture zeitgeist.
Both were far and above their contemporaries in regard to musical compositions, as well as, masters of diverse styles from Rock, Jazz, Pop, Funk, Psychedelic, Acoustic, Ballads, and Cinematic flourishes AND blended them more often than not within a single song.
Both were Los Angeles-based; Love – Hollywood/Los Feliz, Spirit – Topanga Canyon/Westside.
Both featured stark white album covers with colorful psychedelic images of the band members in the center. And both have received top rankings in All Time Best Psychedelic Album Covers lists.
Both were not initially appreciated for their brilliance and total uniqueness by the public at large until years later. Then they were declared masterpieces and still rank very high on all Classic, Psychedelic AND general Top Album Lists.
Both of their albums were released in November (’67/’70), had five band members, played the Sunset Strip, and were early contributors to the West Coast Hippie Culture.
Both had a similar unique vibe that set them outside of the mainstream of Rock, but were in fact at the very center.
Both albums are packed with meaningful lyrics, themes and subject matter that resonate today.
Both deserve repeated listenings – they never get old, only better with each listen, the music is evergreen, addictive, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Both have amazing memorable hooks that empower the “Spirit of Love”.
Check out an incredible album that is joyfully indelibly-stamped into 00individual’s soul:
and hear where all of the Twelve Dream goodness came from!
RANDY CALIFORNIA and 00INDIVIDUAL
00individual has on rare occasions supplied links to Wikipedia, but only rarely, and when it is truly worthwhile. So due to the parallel fact that Randy California (Wolfe) was born the same year, the same month and only one day before 00individual, makes for marked comparisons.
In 1966, while 00individual was fifteen and goofin’ with his buddies in L.A.,
Randy California was fifteen and jammin’ with Jimi Hendrix in New York!
Hendrix saw and knew great talent and asked him to go to England as part of the Experience – Randy’s parents objected, so at sixteen in ’67 Randy formed Spirit with his stepfather, Master Jazz Rock Drummer, Ed Cassidy.
00individual saw Spirit open for Cream at the Anaheim Convention Center on March 18, 1968 – about one month after he and Randy both turned seventeen.
Trippy and Far Out!
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