Spirit - It Shall Be The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968-1972 - 5CD
Formed in Los Angeles in 1967, Spirit was one of the great bands to emerge on the US west coast in the psychedelic era. Featuring the talents of 16 year old guitarist Randy California (who had played guitar with Jimi Hendrix in New York the previous year), his stepfather drummer Ed Cassidy along with Jay Ferguson (vocals, percussion), John Locke (keyboards) and Mark Andes (bass), Spirit signed to producer Lou Adler's newly established Ode Records label in late 1967.
Newly remastered, this anthology features all of Spirit's recordings for the Ode and Epic labels between 1968 and 1972 and notably includes the entire mono mix of the band’s self-titled debut album (appearing on CD for the first time), the complete soundtrack to the film "The Model Shop", along with original 1968 stereo mix of "The Family That Plays Together", associated outtakes, singles and alternate mixes undertaken in 1991 for the "Time Circle" compilation. "It Shall Be" also includes an illustrated booklet with essay by Malcolm Dome featuring archive interviews with Randy California and Ed Cassidy.