Exposé Online banner

Spirit — Feedback
(Collectors' Choice CCM-421-2, 1972/2003, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

Feedback Cover artThere's plenty of good reasons why this is one of the last Spirit albums to receive the digital treatment. After Sardonicus (or more properly during Sardonicus), most of the original lineup flew the coop — Ferguson and Andes left to form Jo Jo Gunne, and Randy California went off to become Kaptain Kopter. That left Ed "Mr. Clean" Cassidy and keyboardist John Locke, and one more album in a contract to fulfill. Texan brothers Al and John Staehely were hastily recruited as bassist/vocalist/main songwriter, and guitarist respectively, and a new, very different edition of the band was born, briefly at least by the time they were finished with the supporting tour both remaining original members had split as well! Most of the album is your typical, cranked-up boogie-based party rock, no holds barred. It's fun, it kicks ass, and it makes the girls scream. This was clearly the Staehely's band at this point, no more of the progressive touches that had blessed the material on their four previous albums. It does, however, feature three excellent compositions by Locke, two of which "Puesta del Scam" and "Trancas Fog-Out" are powerful jazz-rock instrumentals that show this version of the band at their very best. Unfortunately they are all too brief, clocking in at under three minutes each. Overall, this one is not even an essential album for Spirit fans, and I would have much rather seen reissues of their 1978 Live set, or 1975's Spirit of 76.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 9, 2003 releases, 1972 recordings

Related artist(s): Spirit

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Janick Top STS - Système Solaire – Janick is back... The monstrous and legendary bassist of the 1973, 1974 and 1976 Magma issues his first solo effort, after years of session-work with variety singers and composing film scores. His...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues