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Number 257

Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic 64191)

 I'm not quite sure when I first heard Spirit's fourth album release TWELVE DREAMS OF DR SARDONICUS, certainly some time in the early 1970s and no doubt during my 'psychedelia' period. I would have first of all been attracted to the sleeve no doubt, a dark psychedelic and distorted portrait of the band attired in all manner of weirdness, quite possibly as spaced out as you could get, even by 1970s standards. Although popular at the time, Spirit never achieved the sort of popularity of such contemporary rivals as Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead and have pretty much maintained cult status, until more recently when it was alleged that guitarist Randy Wolfe's instrumental Taurus, from an earlier Spirit album, was plagierised by Jimmy Page in the opening bars of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven.