Spiritual Healing (album)

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Spiritual Healing
Spiritual Healing.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 16, 1990
Recorded1989
StudioMorrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida
Genre
Length43:17
LabelCombat, Relapse
ProducerChuck Schuldiner, Eric Greif
Death chronology
Leprosy
(1988)
Spiritual Healing
(1990)
Human
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[3]
Exclaim!9/10[4]
Metal Forces10/10[5]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]

Spiritual Healing is the third studio album by American death metal band Death, released on February 16, 1990, by Combat Records. It is the band's only album to feature both guitarist James Murphy and bassist Terry Butler and the last to feature drummer Bill Andrews.

Overview[edit]

This album was out of print, but it has been reissued by Relapse Records as of November 2012.[7]

This is the first of Death's albums to show Schuldiner's lyrics moving away from the gore and horror themes of previous works, focusing instead on themes of society including abortion, genetics, and televangelism, a direction that would be further refined on 1991's Human album.

The musical content is more obviously melodic, a facet highlighted by James Murphy's characteristic lead guitar playing. The members of Death and their manager/co-producer Eric Greif stayed in a single motel room at the Safari Inn, near Busch Gardens, for the entire six weeks the album was recorded and mixed, although bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews frequently went home as they lived in the Tampa area.

This was the final Death album cover painted by Ed Repka. This period was one of massive controversy for Death, as Butler and Andrews toured Europe without Schuldiner (who refused to do the tour on the basis that it had been badly organised), with vocalist Louis Carrisalez in his place. Butler and Andrews were dismissed from the band following this incident.

Greif played a Kawai K1 keyboard part in the middle of title track "Spiritual Healing".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Chuck Schuldiner.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Living Monstrosity"Schuldiner5:08
2."Altering the Future"Schuldiner, Terry Butler5:34
3."Defensive Personalities"Schuldiner, Butler4:46
4."Within the Mind"Schuldiner, James Murphy5:34
5."Spiritual Healing"Schuldiner7:44
6."Low Life"Schuldiner, Murphy, Butler5:23
7."Genetic Reconstruction"Schuldiner, Murphy, Butler4:52
8."Killing Spree"Schuldiner, Murphy4:16
Total length:43:17
2012 reissued Relapse Records version (bonus disc 1)[8][9]
No.TitleLength
1."Altering the Future" (rehearsal)5:34
2."Defensive Personalities" (rehearsal)4:49
3."Within the Mind" (rehearsal)6:08
4."Within the Mind - Take 2" (rehearsal)5:59
5."Spiritual Healing" (rehearsal)8:44
6."Killing Spree" (rehearsal)4:18
7."Defensive Personalities" (studio instrumental)4:47
8."Spiritual Healing" (studio instrumental)7:48
9."Within the Mind" (studio instrumental)5:37
10."Satanic Jam" (joke/jam tracks)2:43
11."Primus Jam" (joke/jam tracks)3:38
12."Jon a Qua - Take 2" (joke/jam tracks)3:05
13."Jon a Qua - Take 3" (joke/jam tracks)3:06
14."Jon a Qua - Take 4" (joke/jam tracks)1:35
15."Jon a Qua - Take 5" (joke/jam tracks)1:38
16."Jon a Qua - Take 6" (joke/jam tracks)2:51
Total length:73:20
2012 reissued Relapse Records version (bonus disc 2)[8]
No.TitleLength
1."Living Monstrosity" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:28
2."Pull the Plug" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)4:47
3."Zombie Ritual" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:00
4."Spiritual Healing" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)8:05
5."Left to Die" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:00
6."Defensive Personalities" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:11
7."Genetic Reconstruction" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:06
8."Open Casket" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)5:38
9."Within the Mind" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)6:48
10."Leprosy" (Live at Streets, New Rochelle, NY March 17, 1990)7:50
11."Suicide Machine" (Unearthed Pre-"Human" Rehearsals)4:15
12."Together as One" (Unearthed Pre-"Human" Rehearsals)4:37
13."See Through Dreams" (Unearthed Pre-"Human" Rehearsals)3:48
2012 reissued Relapse Records version (iTunes bonus version)[8]
No.TitleLength
1."Suicide Machine - Unearthed Version 2"5:14
2."Suicide Machine - Unearthed Version 3"2:17
3."Suicide Machine - Unearthed Version 4"5:05
4."Together as One - Unearthed Version 2"2:25
5."See Through Dreams - Unearthed Version 2"2:39

Personnel[edit]

Death
Additional production
  • Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA
  • Produced by Chuck Schuldiner & Eric Greif
  • Recorded and mixed by Scott Burns and Death
  • Assistant engineered by John Cervini and Mike Gowan
  • Edward Repka – artwork, cover design
  • David Bett – art direction
  • Brian Freeman – design
  • J.J. Hollis – photography
  • Eric Greif – management, keyboard on "Spiritual Healing"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schalek, Dave. "Death - Spiritual Healing Review". About.com. Retrieved January 12, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Spiritual Healing - Death". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Hadusek, Jon (November 16, 2012). "Album Review: Death – Spiritual Healing [Reissue]". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Pratt, Greg (November 20, 2012). "Death - Spiritual Healing". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Arnold, Neil. "Death - Spiritual Healing (2012 Reissue)". Metal Forces. Retrieved November 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ McIver, Joel (November 27, 2013). "Death - Spiritual Healing". Record Collector.
  7. ^ "DEATH: 'Spiritual Healing' Deluxe Reissue Due In November - Oct. 9, 2012". Blabbermouth. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b c "DEATH: 'Spiritual Healing' Deluxe Reissue Due In November - Oct. 9,2012". Blabbermouth. Oct 9, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Amazon.com: Spiritual Healing:Death: MP3 Downloads". Amazon. Retrieved November 14, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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