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5 stars You had to be there at the time!

It was a comforting moment when a host would spin this amazing hunk of vinyl for a bunch of sprawled stoners in a suburban basement. Suddenly, faces would light up in post-peak glee and somebody would always say, "I love this album man!"

"Twelve Dreams" has the consistency of Sgt Peppers, the depth of Darkside, and the funky hookiness of Aja. It rocks too! I can't remember anybody ever just playing one song, or one side. The CD is a revelation in that respect, and there are even some additional unreleased gems to fill out the end of the album.

There is boldness about The Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus. It has a clean full- bodied sound backed by a brass section, and some of the first and most interesting use of electronics in rock. There is a oneness about Spirit that few bands can boast; they are well named. Certainly the sum of Spirits partner's parts amount to much more than the surface math might indicate. I believe that is the reason the band couldn't sustain beyond this pivotal record and it stands as their pinnacle. It is surely an icon of modern music.

Twelve Dreams was far ahead of its time right down to the wonderful cover imagery, which should lend insight into the amazing mindset possessing the band at the time. It's fun, it's moving, it's melodic, it's loosely conceptual, and it's what Spirit is all of the greatest bands that ever were. The Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus was and is their greatest achievement. It is as relevant today as it ever was.

Vingatondooda | 5/5 |


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