Spirit (Spirit album)

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Studio album by Spirit
Released January 22, 1968
Recorded August 31 - November 17, 1967
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 41:55 (original)
Label Epic/Legacy Recordings
Producer Lou Adler
Spirit chronology
The Family That Plays Together
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (positive) [2]

Spirit's self-titled, experimental debut album was commercially successful, and garnered significant underground FM airtime. The album reached #31 on the Billboard LP charts.

The album was first published by Ode Records in 1968. It has since been reprinted by Sony, repackaged in compact-disc form and remastered from original analogue tapes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fresh-Garbage"   Jay Ferguson 3:11
2. "Uncle Jack"   Ferguson 2:44
3. "Mechanical World"   Mark Andes, Ferguson 5:15
4. "Taurus"   Randy California 2:37
5. "Girl in Your Eye"   Ferguson 3:15
6. "Straight Arrow"   Ferguson 2:50
7. "Topanga Windows"   Ferguson 3:36
8. "Gramophone Man"   Andes, California, Ed Cassidy, Ferguson, John Locke 3:49
9. "Water Woman"   Ferguson 2:11
10. "The Great Canyon Fire in General"   Ferguson 2:46
11. "Elijah"   Locke 10:42




  • Lou Adler – Producer
  • Marty Paich - String & Horn Arrangements
  • Eirik Wangberg, Armin Steiner & Mike Leitz - Engineers
  • Corporate Head - Album Design
  • Tom Wilkes – Art Direction
  • Guy Webster – Cover Photo
  • Jay Thompson - Back Cover Photo
  • Terry Clements, Marshall Blonstein, Doug Wallack - Assistance
  • Vic Anesini – Mastering, Mixing
  • Nicholas Bennett – Packaging Manager
  • Adam Block – Project Director, Project Coordinator
  • Bob Irwin – Producer, Compilation Producer
  • Jeff Smith – Package Design
  • Jay Thompson – Photography, Insert Photography
  • Douglas Wallack - Special Thanks / Road Manager



Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard 200 31
1973 Billboard 200 191


The song "Fresh-Garbage" has been sampled in the Pink song "Feel Good Time", found on the soundtrack of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. "Fresh Garbage" was also used as the title (and theme music) of a rock music program on BBC Radio London in the early 1970s.

In 1973, Epic released a two-disc LP repackage of Spirit and Clear entitled "Spirit".

The guitar riff that occurs about :43 into "Taurus" is said to have influenced Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page in 'composing' his famous intro to "Stairway to Heaven".[3] Led Zeppelin opened for Spirit on an American tour in 1968, and also borrowed the riff of "Fresh Garbage" during early live performances of the song 'As Long as I Have You'.[4]

Main article: Taurus (instrumental)
Excerpt from "Taurus" – 226 kb

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Sculatti, Gene (14 September 1968). "Recorsd". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Rolling Stone). 
  3. ^ Guitar World Magazine, April 1997: "California's most enduring legacy may well be the fingerpicked acoustic theme of the song "Taurus," which Jimmy Page lifted virtually note for the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven."
  4. ^ Sleeve notes to 1996 reissue of Spirit's debut album, booklet included with CD EPC 485175