Spirit – Spirit of '76
This was the the first of four albums by Spirit for the Mercury label in the mid-'70s, all released between 1975 and 1977 The tracks on this album are perhaps the most fluid and satisfying statement by the Randy California/Ed Cassidy version of the band, who would be together for another 20 years before California's untimely passing
There are many hidden meanings projected through this double LP set. Randy California gives more than a few nods to his work with Jimi Hendrix (covers of 'Like a Rolling Stone'and 'Hey Joe', while 'The Star Spangled Banner' has a smart vocal added to distinguish it from Hendrix's instrumental version)
This is an off-beat work of art that works beautifully.
Full sleevenotes by Alan Robinson
- -America The Beautiful/The Times They Are A Changing Victim Of Society Lady Of The Lakes Tampa Jam (Pt. 1) Maunaloa What Do I Have Sunrise Walking The Dog Tampa Jam (Pt. 2) Joker On The Run When Like A Rolling Stone Once Again Feeling In Time Happy Jack Bond My Road Tampa Jam (Pt. 3) Thank You Lord Urantia Guide Me Veruska Hey Joe Jack Bond (Pt. 2) The Star Spangled Banner