Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

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Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus.jpg
Studio album by Spirit
Released November 1970
Recorded April–October 1970
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, folk rock, jazz-rock
Length 38:58
Label Epic
Producer David Briggs
Spirit chronology
Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B link

Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is the fourth album by the American psychedelic rock group Spirit. It was produced by David Briggs, who is best known for his work with Neil Young. The original LP was released in 1970 by Epic. It peaked at #63 on the Billboard 200 in February 1971—the band's lowest charting album to that point—and spent 14 weeks on the chart. However, with strong catalog sales it also became the band's only album to be certified Gold in the U.S., achieving that status in 1976.[2]

"Nature's Way" became one of Spirit's signature songs, but was not a big hit at the time, peaking at #111 on the Billboard pop charts in 1971. In 1973, the B-side of "Nature's Way", "Mr. Skin", also charted, peaking at #92.

The album was re-issued on CD in 1996 by Sony in remastered form, with bonus tracks.


Nick Tosches in Rolling Stone felt that despite some shortcomings the record was a "blockbuster".[3] Appreciation of the album has grown among both old and new fans.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy California except noted:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Prelude – Nothin' to Hide"     3:41
2. "Nature's Way"     2:30
3. "Animal Zoo"   Ferguson 3:20
4. "Love Has Found a Way"   California, Locke 2:42
5. "Why Can't I Be Free?"     1:03
6. "Mr. Skin"   Ferguson 3:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Space Child"   Locke 3:26
8. "When I Touch You"   Ferguson 5:35
9. "Street Worm"   Ferguson 3:40
10. "Life Has Just Begun"     3:22
11. "Morning Will Come"     2:58
12. "Soldier"     2:43
Total length:
Bonus tracks on the 1996 reissue
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Rougher Road" †¹"      
14. "Animal Zoo (Mono Single Version) †"   Ferguson  
15. "Morning Will Come (Alternate Mono Mix) †¹"      
16. "Red Light Roll On (Additional Single Mix) †"      
  • † - Tracks specific to the 1996 reissue
  • ¹ - Previously unreleased material




  • David Briggs - Producer
  • Vic Anesini - Mastering
  • Adam Block - Project Director
  • David Blumberg - Horn Arrangements (on tracks "Mr. Skin" and "Morning Will Come")
  • Ira Cohen - Photography
  • Jeff Smith - Package Design
  • Bob Irwin - Compilation Producer



Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard 200 63

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