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TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS

Spirit

 

Proto-Prog

4.13 | 192 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Much credit has been given to David Briggs the producer of this album who has been called the sixth member of this band for his work over the 5 months it took to record it. Briggs was known for being Neil Young's producer back then. Randy California SPIRIT's guitarist said this about David Briggs: "Acting as a catalyst and friend, David inspired and guided us to our very best studio performances. I will always remember him for his quick wit, no-nonsense decisions and brotherly disposition. This album could not have happened without David...". This album is much loved by those who have heard it, it's rated very highly on all the sites. We get 12 short tracks although at times it feels like songs are blending into one another. My biggest problem is that some of the songs remind me of when I was 9 or 10 years old when mom had that AM radio station on that played light seventies tunes (it was the seventies). There is lots to like though besides those tracks. Not much in the way of psychedelia though like I had hoped.

"Prelude-Nothin' To Hide" opens with gentle guitar and soft vocals. It kicks into a higher gear before a minute.The tempo picks up late. It's ok. "Natural Way" is a favourite of most. Strummed guitar, vocals and percussion early. Electric guitar comes in but this is really mellow. It's ok. "Animal Zoo" is catchy with samples of the city streets (horns honking etc.). Piano 1 1/2 minutes in. "Love Has Found A Way" is light with harmony vocals. "Why I Can't I Be Free" features acoustic guitar and reserved vocals.

"Mr.Skin" opens with vocal melodies. I finally like a song ! This is heavier. Sax 2 minutes in and the drums that follow sound great. Lots of sax late. "Space Child" opens with lots of piano, synths and drums. An excellent instrumental. "When I Touch You" has this psychedelic intro then the guitar comes in followed by vocals.The guitar is outstanding before 5 minutes. "Street Worm" is catchy with some killer guitar after 3 minutes. Good song. "Life Has Just Begun" is laid back with reserved vocals and acoustic guitar. "Morning Will Come" is uptempo with sax. Guitar 1 1/2 minutes in. "Soldier" is a mellow tune with piano.

Good album but i'm not loving it.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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