1968 Spirit – Spirit

Spirit is the debut studio album by American rock band Spirit, released on January 22, 1968 by Ode Records. The album was commercially successful, spending more than six months on the Billboard album charts, peaking at #31. It was voted number 658 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums 3rd Edition (2000).

The guitar part of “Taurus” is said to have influenced Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in writing “Stairway to Heaven”. Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit on an American tour in 1968, and also borrowed from “Fresh Garbage” in live performances of the song ‘As Long as I Have You’.


1  Fresh-Garbage (Jay Ferguson) 03:12
2  Uncle Jack (Jay Ferguson) 02:44
3  Mechanical World (Jay Ferguson; Mark Andes) 05:15
4  Taurus (Randy California) 02:38
5  Girl In Your Eye (Jay Ferguson) 03:16
6  Straight Arrow (Jay Ferguson) 02:52
7  Topanga Windows (Jay Ferguson) 03:37
8  Gramophone Man (Ed Cassidy; Jay Ferguson; John Locke; Mark Andes; Randy California) 03:51
9  Water Woman (Jay Ferguson) 02:12
10  The Great Canyon Fire In General (Jay Ferguson) 02:47
11  Elijah (John Locke) 10:49


BassMark Andes
DrumsEd Cassidy
GuitarRandy California
KeyboardsJohn Locke
PercussionJay Ferguson
VocalsMark Andes
VocalsJay Ferguson

Liner Notes

Producer – Lou Adler
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Marty Paich, David Paich (uncredited)
Engineer – Armin Steiner, Eirik Wangberg, Michael Lietz

Artwork By – Corporate Head, Tom Wilkes
Photography – Jay Thompson, Guy Webster

Mastered At Customatrix
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