Sunday, September 29, 2013

Best US Rock Record: Fair, Yates, and Betschart - Spirits (USA, 1979)






This is without doubt one of the best all-round rock records I've heard in the last year, in particular, the two last songs I've played literally hundreds of times, over and over again sometimes, they are just so perfectly beautiful in their own style of progressive, intricate, harmonious vocals with that great rock basis.  Why, as I've said so many times before, was this album not on that Rolling Stones top 1000 list, soon to be 100,000 best albums list, when it's so damned good?  Why did those last two songs, Monica, and Turn to Gray, not go to the top of the charts way back in the late seventies??  Why did I have to wait 24 years to hear this great record???

Monica, about a free spirit with 'long brown hair' - one of those 'standard' subjects for rock songs ever since Ruby Tuesday:
"Your new dreams are worth a try,
but the ones you left behind don't die, they're mine"


And my favourite song, Turn to Gray:



Enjoy it!

13 comments:

Tristan Stefan said...

http://netkups.com/?d=5468929c0a687

Anonymous said...

Hi
Yes, subtle but perhaps a little more quiet to be number one in top ten !
Thank you a lot !

Sosgotcha

James Manion said...

Tristan, diggin' Matthias Frey big time thank you. I realise you don't always get what you want but if you try sometimes you get what you need. If it is within your domain I would like to make one last request for Mr. Frey. ZIYADA 1979 & COLIBRY 1981 if and when you have the time, if not thank you anyway.

apps79 said...

looks interesting, thanks for another nice rarity!

mess said...

Thanks man, wow as always

Anonymous said...

If not too much, could you please post these Matthias Frey albums also: "Secret Ingredients" (1986) and "Horizonte" (1977) (as PSI)?

Anonymous said...

Hi Tristan,

Could you please reupload these posts: Pierre Moreau, Igor Nazaruk, Zebulon, Hasard, Suburbanismo, Bruce Clarke Quintet, Noco Music, Coalition, KOM and Agit Prop?

Tristan Stefan said...

http://netkups.com/?d=2a1d2958b914b
That's Frey - COLIBRY
I'll make sure you get Ziyada, it's his best album actually, after the fusion album called "PSI"

James Manion said...

Thank you again Tristan and I will stay tuned in and thank you again for turnin me on to Matthias Frey what a discovery.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, but sorry to say, I love rock and prog in general, and I was extremely underwhelmed by this one.

best wishes
Chris

Tristan Stefan said...

Hi anon, I moved your requests up to the latest post (frey - ziyada), maybe someone can help me.

Chris, I was also really disappointed when I first heard this record a year ago. But it stuck in the back of my mind and the more I listened the more I came to love it. I really think it's 'one of those' records. But I know taste is quite an individual opinion. 'Stay tuned' and see if there's something else you'll like! :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm sure there will be :-) This is the first blog I found to download a rare album I'd been searching for, years ago, and there's been plenty of great stuff since then!
best wishes
Chris

Anonymous said...

thanks , it's a nice album
Serge

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