Spirits Burning

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Spirits Burning
Also known as Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart
Spirits Burning & Clearlight
Spirits Burning & Daevid Allen
Spirits Burning & Thom The World Poet
Spirits Burning vs. Spaceship Eyes
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Space rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 1986-91, 1996–present
Labels Musea (Gazul), Mellow Records, Black Widow, Voiceprint, Gonzo Multimedia
Associated acts Gong
High Tide
Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix
Website spiritsburning.com
Members Daevid Allen
Don Falcone
Bridget Wishart
Full List of Spirits Burning crew members.

Spirits Burning is a musical collective that has released a combination of ambient, jazz and full-on space rock with input from many of the genre's luminaries, most notably Gong's Daevid Allen and members of Hawkwind. Spirits Burning is overseen by American composer/producer Don Falcone.


In 1996, Falcone resurrected Spirits Burning. Spirits Burning was one of his first San Francisco bands, for which Falcone played bass and keyboards. Their first recording for a CD was a cover of the King Crimson song Red, on the tribute album “Schizoid Dimension,” released in 1997.[1] Spirits Burning signed with French label Musea Records in 1998 and the group released their first album New Worlds By Design on Musea affiliate Gazul Records.

Falcone set Spirits Burning on their continuing mission just as the internet began to open up an index of collaborative possibilities that studio recordings and logistics previously precluded: the chance for content-creators to recruit musicians on an ad hoc basis across the ether; musicians they’d have scant hope of playing with face-to-face.

In the space rock community, Falcone has done particularly well out of this approach. A survey of his first 10 years under the Spirits Burning banner throws up some surprising contributors (including Daevid Allen, Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, and High Tide’s Simon House).[2]

Robert Calvert's Centigrade 232 tape recitation was first used with music on the second Spirits Burning album Reflections In A Radio Shower, released in 2001. Don Falcone took the original recording of Calvert reading his poem Centigrade 232 and integrated it into the track Drive-By Poetry.[3] Lines from another Centigrade 232 poem ("Ode To A Crystal Set") appear on the CD's opening track Second Degree Soul Sparks.

Michael Moorcock appeared on five tracks on the Spirits Burning CD Alien Injection, released in 2008. He is credited with singing lead vocals and playing guitar and mandolin. The performances used on the CD were from the The Entropy Tango & Gloriana Demo Sessions.[4]

Falcone and Bridget Wishart (formerly of Hawkwind) have collaborated in Spirits Burning (including releases under the name Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart).

Falcone and Cyrille Verdeaux of Clearlight have collaborated in Spirits Burning (including releases under the name Spirits Burning & Clearlight).

Falcone and Daevid Allen (of Gong) have collaborated in Spirits Burning (including a single released under the name Spirits Burning & Daevid Allen).

Hawkwind Connection[edit]

The following is a partial list of Hawkwind family members who have participated in Spirits Burning:


  • 1999: New Worlds by Design
  • 2002: Reflections in a Radio Shower
  • 2006: Found in Nature
  • 2008: Alien Injection
  • 2008: Earth Born (by Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart)
  • 2009: Our Best Trips: 1998 to 2008
  • 2009: Golden Age Orchestra (by Spirits Burning & Thom The World Poet)
  • 2009: Bloodlines (by Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart)
  • 2010: Crazy Fluid
  • 2011: Behold The Action Man
  • 2013: Healthy Music In Large Doses (by Spirits Burning & Clearlight)
  • 2014: Make Believe It Real (by Spirits Burning & Bridget Wishart)
  • 2015: Starhawk
  • 2016: The Roadmap In Your Head (by Spirits Burning & Clearlight)
  • 2017: "The Roadmap In Your Heart" b/w "Another Roadmap In Your Head" and "An Ambient Heat" (7-inch single, by Spirits Burning & Daevid Allen)


  1. ^ Spirits Burning nl:Spirits Burning, Dutch Wikipedia
  2. ^ Ian Abrahams, [1], Record Collector
  3. ^ Knut Gerwers [2] – Calvert Collaborations
  4. ^ Alien Injection, nl:Alien Injection, Dutch Wikipedia

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