Spirit - "Potatoland"

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Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby GoogaMooga » 17 Sep 2021, 01:50

Just been listening to the Spirit album, "Potatoland", the old Line edition, which has a lovely booklet including the comic strip. It's considered one of the weaker efforts, but there are gems scattered on it. Also some pretty awful spoken word interludes. I've also got "The Original Potatoland", but it is not readily at hand to compare. However, as I recall, it was the better of the two. "Potatoland" is credited to Spirit, but was actually a psychedelic concept album by Randy California and Ed Cassidy, recorded in 1972-73. Epic wasn't overly enthused, and it was not released before 1981, in abridged form, with new recordings replacing some of the originals. I think you need both CD's to get the full picture. And if you are a rabid Spirit fan, there is now also a 4 CD box set comprising everything Potatoland, which probably means lots more spoken word! Had they spared us all that spoken word, we'd have had a true classic on our hands.

The 1981 album, reissued by Line in 1989:
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The original, released in 2006:
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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby C » 17 Sep 2021, 15:51

Robust stuff!

They are both excellent but the 'original' is just ahead





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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby robertff » 17 Sep 2021, 16:52

Got this album, the first one pictured, not one I listen to often but I like it well enough.



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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby C » 17 Sep 2021, 17:44

robertff wrote:Got this album, the first one pictured, not one I listen to often but I like it well enough.



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It/they, are full of music despite the narration




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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby GoogaMooga » 17 Sep 2021, 18:32

And good music it is, which is why they are both keepers. But not something I'll be playing to death.
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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby C » 17 Sep 2021, 18:34

GoogaMooga wrote:And good music it is, which is why they are both keepers. But not something I'll be playing to death.


Agreed.

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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby GoogaMooga » 17 Sep 2021, 18:43

C wrote:
GoogaMooga wrote:And good music it is, which is why they are both keepers. But not something I'll be playing to death.


Agreed.

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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby Neil Jung » 21 Sep 2021, 10:36

Just playing side two of the Beggars Banquet version. I usually only play side one for the gorgeous Open Up Your Heart. I’m shocked how bad the spoken word bits on side two are amongst some fine music. What were they thinking?
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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby C » 21 Sep 2021, 10:55

Neil Jung wrote:I’m shocked how bad the spoken word bits on side two are amongst some fine music. What were they thinking?


It was far out at the time.

Man

Like any stuff like this - it is okay for a few listens and then gets tiresome.

Occasional play helps.

Stan Webb’s album comes to mind….



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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby Rayge » 23 Sep 2021, 09:40

The ideas on this come to a much more listenable and treasurable fruition on Spirit of ’76 and especially Future Games (A Magical Kahauna Dream), although the CD release of the latter messes thing up a little by inserting a few seconds before each 'track' when the whole thing is a magical seamless interwoven thing on vinyl.
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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby Lord Rother » 23 Sep 2021, 11:57

I really don't like narrations - I have added the album to a Spotify playlist and deleted every track that was under 1:30 (and the interviews) so hopefully have the music and only the music.

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Re: Spirit - "Potatoland"

Postby Lord Rother » 23 Sep 2021, 12:13

Nah, still narrative involved and not diggin' the music either - not for me.