The Mirror (Spooky Tooth album)

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The Mirror
Studio album by Spooky Tooth
Released October 1974
Genre Rock, pop, psychedelia
Label Island ILPS 9292
Producer Eddie Kramer, Gary Wright & Mick Jones
Spooky Tooth chronology
Witness
(1973)
The Mirror
(1974)
Cross Purpose
(1999)

The Mirror is a rock album by the British band Spooky Tooth. It was the first Spooky Tooth album to be released without contributions from Mike Harrison. It also was their last album for nearly twenty five years, to be followed by Cross Purpose in 1999. The album was released in October, 1974, one month after group members had permanently disbanded.[1] Members went on to form such bands as Foreigner and The Only Ones.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Fantasy Satisfier" (Mick Jones, Gary Wright) – 4:37
  2. "Two Time Love" (Jones, Mike Patto, Wright) – 3:30
  3. "Kyle" (Wright, W Elliott, B Purvis) – 3:36
  4. "Women and Gold" (Wright) – 3:36
  5. "Higher Circles" (Wright) – 5:23

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hell or High Water" (Patto, Wright) – 5:07
  2. "I'm Alive" (Wright, T Wright) – 4:12
  3. "The Mirror" (Jones, Patto, Wright)– 5:21
  4. "The Hoofer" (Patto, Wright) – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

  • Gary Wright - Vocals, piano, clavinet, organ and moog synthesizer
  • Mick Jones - Guitars, percussion and backing vocals
  • Mike Patto - Vocals, electric piano, drums and percussion, clavinet and organ
  • Mike Kellie - Drums and percussion
  • Bryson Graham - Drums[2]
  • Val Burke - Bass guitar, lead and backing vocals[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

A review in the website Allmusic rates the album four stars out of five, with the reviewer stating "Elements of pop and gospel/R&B are all combined into a seamless rock delivery on The Mirror, giving the record a depth that is rare in the Spooky Tooth catalog.[4]

Use of Samples[edit]

The title Track was sampled in Atmosphere's seminal track "Trying to Find a Balance" of their 2003 Album Seven's Travels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Miguel Terol, Bryson Graham Biography; The Musicians' Olympus.
  2. ^ Kellie left the band, for a second time, in May 1974, with Graham returning as a replacement. See Miguel Terol, Bryson Graham Biography; The Musicians' Olympus.
  3. ^ Burke, originally from Jamaica, came to Spooky Tooth via Mike Patto. See Interview with Mike Patto, 1974, "Mike Patto's Patter" (RockStock 1974); www.pattofan.com. Burke would later play with The Moments, which evolved into Ray Goodman and Brown.
  4. ^ a b Review in Allmusic

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