Spirit

The Family That Plays Together

Marketing Highlights

"Every song is a riveting study in music without barriers." Includes the HIT, "I Got A Line On You" and 5 BONUS Tracks!

The Family That Plays Together was released in December 1968. On this, the second Spirit album, the group put all of the elements together that made them the legendary band that they were. More than its predecessor, Spirit, their self-titled and surreal debut, The Family That Plays Together displays the band's ability to play beyond the genre of psychedelic rock. Jazz, rock & roll, and even classical elements combined to create one of the cleanest, most tasteful syntheses of its day. The group had also improved measurably from their fine debut album, especially in the area of vocals. The album's hit single, "I Got a Line on You," boasts especially strong harmonies as well as one of the greatest rock riffs of the period.

Spirit's songs covered about every subject under the sun. The first half of the recording is a wonderful and seamless suite, and taken in its entirety, one of the greatest sides on Los Angeles rock. The SACD includes some excellent bonus tracks. "So Little to Say" is one of Jay Ferguson's finest compositions ever, and the jazz-inspired instrumentals such as "Fog" and "Space Chile" showcase pianist John Locke as one of the most inspired and lyrical players in the rock idiom. All in all, a classic album and a true landmark.

Tracks such as "It Shall Be" and "Silky Sam" demonstrate the ease with which the ensemble can incorporate jazz into their idiosyncratic form of rock, while "Jewish" and "Aren't You Glad" show the band's competence in exploiting both world music and jam rock.

The album's title was inspired by the stepson-stepfather relationship between guitarist Randy California and percussionist Ed Cassidy. The album cover was shot at the Sunset Highland Motel, located at 6830 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California, just across from Hollywood High School.

Tracklist

1. I GOT A LINE ON YOU
2. IT SHALL BE
3. POOR RICHARD
4. SILKY SAM
5. DRUNKARD
6. DARLIN’ IF
7. IT’S ALL THE SAME
8. JEWISH
9. DREAM WITHIN A DREAM
10. SHE SMILES
11. AREN’T YOU GLAD
BONUS TRACKS
12. FOG
13. SO LITTLE TO SAY
14. MELLOW FELLOW
15. NOW OR ANYWHERE
16. SPACE CHILE

Home Market

Los Angeles, CA - USA

Album Details

Artist

Spirit

Album Title

The Family That Plays Together

Street Date

07/07/2017

Order Due Date

06/09/2017

Discount

3% (ends 07/13/2017)

Genre

Rock/Rock

Label

Audio Fidelity

Configuration

Super Audio CD

Price Code

CDSA29

UPC

780014226022

Box Lot

100

Catalog #

AFZ260