Clear (Spirit album)

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Clear
Spirit - Clear.jpg
Studio album by Spirit
Released October 1969
Recorded February 9, 1968 - August 27, 1969
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock
Length 42:25 (original)
55:00 (1996 reissue)
Label Ode
Producer Lou Adler
Spirit chronology
The Family That Plays Together
(1968)
Clear
(1969)
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau C+ [2]

Clear is the third Spirit album, written largely in the wake of their work on the soundtrack to the 1968 film Model Shop. Several of the band members have said that they felt there wasn't enough time for developing the album after releasing two albums in 1968, recording a soundtrack and constantly touring. The album contains "So Little Time To Fly", "Dark Eyed Woman" and "New Dope In Town", as well as three instrumentals.

1996 re-release[edit]

The original Ode Records recording of Clear would be later restored by Sony in 1996. The second edition includes both sides of the 1984 single, the song "Fuller Brush Man" (which hasn't appeared elsewhere), and a piece entitled "Coral", which is also available on the Model Shop soundtrack but is present here in an elaborately produced version. "Coral" is a dedication to groupie Coral Shields, the 11-year-old sister of Sable Starr whom Randy California was dating at the time.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dark Eyed Woman" California, Ferguson 3:07
2. "Apple Orchard" Andes, California, Cassidy 4:07
3. "So Little Time to Fly" California, Locke 2:49
4. "Ground Hog" Ferguson 3:04
5. "Cold Wind" Ferguson 3:24
6. "Policeman's Ball" Ferguson 2:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Ice" Locke (Instrumental) 5:52
8. "Give a Life, Take a Life" Adler, California 3:23
9. "I'm Truckin'" Locke 2:25
10. "Clear" California, Ferguson (Instrumental) 4:09
11. "Caught" Locke (Instrumental) 3:10
12. "New Dope in Town" Andes, California, Cassidy, Ferguson, Locke 4:24
Total length: 42:10
Bonus tracks on the 1996 reissue
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "1984 (a-side of Ode single ZS7 128) †" California 3:37
14. "Sweet Stella Baby (b-side of Ode single ZS7 128) †" Ferguson 2:55
15. "Fuller Brush Man †" Ferguson 3:19
16. "Coral (includes a commercial for the album during the last minute of the track) †" Cassidy, Locke (Instrumental) 3:05
Total length: 55:00
  • † - CD reissue bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Spirit[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Lou Adler – Producer
  • Vic Anesini – Mastering, Mixing
  • Stachowaik – Engineer
  • Steiner – Engineer
  • Weinbang – Engineer
  • Adam Block – Project Director
  • Jeff Smith – Design
  • Tom Wilkes – Design
  • Guy Webster – Photography

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard 200 55

References[edit]