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Jimmie Spheeris appreciation-folk/rock/jazz - Album By Album*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lemonade kid, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing Thread Starter

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    track 1) Beautiful News

    Definitely hearing a couple in the Felix/Rascals influence.
    Once you get past Felix, which is really just strongest on the first track,
    there are many great great tunes here.

     
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  2. lemonade kid

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    track 2) Shirtful of Apples

    This rests deep within the acid folk of Jimmie we love.
    Inescapably beautiful.

    Makes this LP worth the price of admission indeed!

     
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    track 3) Open Up

     
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    track 4) Streets Of The Harbor

    Another stunning track, could have been on "Isle Of View", seamlessly.


     
  5. lemonade kid

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    track 5) The Original Tap Dancing Kid

    A fun track & toe tapper.


     
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    track 6) Sweet Wahini Mama

    Nice, swinging tune and song.

     
  7. lemonade kid

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    track 7) Keeper Of The Canyon

    Another "Isle Of View" vibe. Perfect.

     
  8. lemonade kid

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    track 8) Soul Tumbleweed

    A really nice Spheeris track with a soulful mellow feel.

     
  9. lemonade kid

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    track 9) Long Way From China

    Love this track.
    "...now that your journey's done."



     
  10. lemonade kid

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    track 10) Village Vapors

    Another nice folk rocker with a slight island reggae vibe.

     
  11. peopleareleaving

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    I picked up "Isle of View" (I love you) in 2000 after reading an article comparing him to Nick Drake which after digging in, do not really see the comparison. I also picked up Original Tap-Dancing Kid and The Dragon is Dancing at the same time and ever since have become a big fan.
     
  12. lemonade kid

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    track 11) Moon On The Water

    This is a stunningly beautiful track... what we know and love Jimmie best for.
    Perfect closer!



    Enjoy. I have a compilation with many of these, but not all and some are wonderful discoveries.
    I am finally collecting these last three Spheeris albums, as I share them with you all...
    hope you are lovin' this musical journey as much as I.

    :tiphat:
     
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  13. lemonade kid

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    I don't see the comparison--at all. I would compare him more (vaguely) to Dan Fobelberg, another early 70's artist I love. Although Dan lived much longer to achieve his even more musical goals-- his life was also sadly cut short..
     
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  14. lemonade kid

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    Album Three...1975

    The Dragon Is Dancing

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    Jimmie Spheeris ‎– The Dragon Is Dancing

    Label:
    Epic ‎– PE 33565
    Format:
    Vinyl, LP, Album, Terre Haute Pressing
    Country:
    US
    Released:
    1975
    Genre:
    Rock
    Style:
    Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Ethereal
    Tracklist
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    A1The Dragon Is Dancing
    Electric Piano [& Mini Moog] – Chick Corea
    A2Sighs In A Shell
    Acoustic Guitar – Michael MallenWritten-By – Jimmie Spheeris, Michael Mallen
    A3Tequila Moonlight

    A4Snake Man

    A5Love's In Vain
    Piano – Jane Getz
    A6Lost In The Midway
    B1Eternity Spin
    Piano, Synthesizer [Arp] – Paul Lewinson
    B2Sunken Skies
    B3Summer Salt
    B4In The Misty Woods
    Backing Vocals – Morgan Ames Harp – Dorothy Remsen
    Percussion – Henry Lewy Piano [& Arp] – Paul Lewinson
    B5Blown Out
    Piano, Synthesizer [Arp] – Paul Lewinson
    B6Blue Streets

    Companies, etc.

    Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
    Credits

    Bass Guitar – Johnny Pierce (2)
    Co-producer – Paul Lewinson
    Design – John Brogna, Ron Coro
    Drums – Bart Hall
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Geoff Levin
    Horns – Bob Findley, Chuck Findley, Gary Barone, Jim Cowger
    Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
    Photography By – Bart Hall
    Producer, Engineer – Henry Lewy
    Saxophone, Flute – Jim Cowger
    Written-By, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Piano – Jimmie Spheeris

    Notes

    Recorded & Mastered at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA.

    Full-color liner with image of Spheeris on one side, lyrics/credits on reverse - signed off with the words "For The Dreamers And Clowns Of Earth".

    Also: 'Chick Corea appears courtesy of Polydor Records and Forever Unlimited Productions'.

    Jimmie Spheeris Memorial Gallery: Discography, lyrics, restored cover art and more

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  16. lemonade kid

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    Several noted jazz artists appear on this great LP...see above.

    track 1) The Dragon Is Dancing




    wonder of wonders, the dragon is dancing
    stilling the thunder with movements so slow
    silence of silence, the dragon is dancing
    stilling the violence, his beauty unfolds

    morning of mornings will follow behind him
    sparks from his angry tongue
    will come - and spill the sun
    wonder of wonders, the dragon is dancing

    waking from slumber older than space
    hunger of hungers, the dragon is thirsty
    to come from under shedding his face
    darkness of darkness, dissolving behind him

    dancing alone the darkness is done
    he comes - to spill the sun
    wonder of wonders, the dragon is dancing
    the flame is flickering, turning to fire

    wonder of wonders, the dance disappearing
    leaving the flames to burn in the mire

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  17. lemonade kid

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    track 2) Sighs In A Shells

    Beautiful...Jimmie's strength in song revealed in a lilting, jazzy number here.



    have you seen her in the midnight water
    moon on her wet skin, soul in the sky
    swear she was born Farther Neptune's daughter
    black ocean sways in her eyes
    sighs in a shell

    beckon you to the swells
    "Dive in" she calls
    "Let yourself fall"
    moonlight is riding the water like jewels
    the sandpiper's hiding afraid to be seen
    but she'll call to him softly his wings like a spool
    unwind in the night, unfold in a dream
    sighs in a shell

    come and roll on the swells
    "Dive in" she calls
    "Let yourself fall"
    sighs in a shell
    come and roll on the swells
    you want to come on
    but you look and she's gone

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  18. lemonade kid

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    track 3) Tequila Moonlight

    A nice toe tapper



    twilight lit the gray streets
    tenement dinners fill the night air
    down on the corner Maria is waiting
    her hands in her pockets, perfume in her hair

    Pepe come runnin'
    he lifts her with laughter, so high off the streets
    they walk past the crowds to Emmanual's diner
    lost in a love that is pure and so sweet

    you know that love finds someone while tequila moonlight
    pours from the sky to the city below
    and I don't know why your hearts are so heavy
    come on, light up, light up, and let yourselves go

    morning comes so brightly
    over the river, the water turns gold
    Maria wakes Pepe with kisses and laughter
    shines like a bright sun, lighting his soul

    light up, light up, and let yourselves go

    soon they'll be married
    love in a circle forever goes round
    twilight returns with a dream of a baby

    it floats to the full moon and makes it a crown

    you know that love finds someone while tequila moonlight
    pours from the sky to the city below
    and I don't know why your hearts are so heavy
    come on, light up, light up, and let yourselves go...

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  19. lemonade kid

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    track 4) Snake Man

    Another rocking folk number




    snake man come crawlin, he got venom in his eyes
    he'll bite you excite you, put fever in your thighs
    this boy is poison for some, but he's heaven for others
    make a hurricane come, under the covers
    don't put out the fire; the flames just grow higher
    Mr. Snake man can can

    he come on laughin, how he's conquered the dragon
    he swayed him and slayed him, now he's pullin' his wagon
    he'll part the seas of your soul and then he'll slither into it
    like a snake in the hole, you'll beg him to do it
    don't t put out the fire; the flames just grow higher
    Mr. Snake Man can can

    he'll make you shed your sweet skin, release the power within
    now won't you let him?
    he's gonna teach you to flow, where the mystery wind blows
    now won't you let him?

    don't t put out the fire; the flames just grow higher
    Mr. Snake Man can can...

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  20. lemonade kid

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    track 5) Love's In Vain

    A lovely jazzy dreamy number




    you've been away so long
    I looked into your eyes and found you'd gone
    in the ruins of a love that lingers on

    I will remember you
    and hold on to the fine time that we knew
    sing a memory or two, when there's nothin' left to do

    when your love's in vain
    it's a low and dirty shame
    I thought I heard you call my name
    but it's just the wind in the restless rain
    that won't stop falling
    it won't stop falling

    i guess I've never known
    the way to make the best of sleepin' alone
    you were water that I bled from this life of stone

    I will remember you
    and hold on to the fine time that we knew
    sing a memory or two, when there's nothin' left to do

    and when we meet again
    smile - let your eyes pretend that you're sorry

    when your love's in vain
    it's a low and dirty shame
    I thought I heard you call my name
    but it's just the wind in the restless rain
    that won't stop falling
    it won't stop falling

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  21. lemonade kid

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    track 6) Lost In The Midway

    Perfect...a beautiful closer to side 1.




    I'm lost in the midway, drunk in a dream
    stumbling backwards, forever, it seems
    over my shoulder, one eye's fixed cold
    the other is wandering ahead on the road

    and each path is winding with you in between
    you just sit there laughing

    I'm lost in the sideshows, blind in the gleam
    this old house of mirrors leads nowhere, it seems
    but how the lights dazzled, as the ferris wheel rolled
    I came for a free ride: it cost me my soul

    the past and the future - and you in between
    you just sit there laughing

    all over the midway, when the bright lights go out
    I hear the clowns crying - tears for the drought
    so dark and so dusty, the midway is blue
    winding forever - I can't find my way thru

    I'm lost in the midway, drunk in a dream
    stumbling backwards, forever, it seems

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     
  22. lemonade kid

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    Enjoy...we'll explore side 2. In a day or two.
     
  23. lemonade kid

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    Side two...a nice overview first.

    AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson....5/5 stars

    One of Jimmie Spheeris' Epic titles of the 1970s was his third album, a classic titled The Dragon Is Dancing. The album was produced by Henry Lewy, a well-respected producer/engineer who had an impressive track record when he entered the studio with Spheeris in 1975. In addition to working with Joan Baez, Neil Young, and Procol Harum, Lewy was the engineer on many of Joni Mitchell's best albums. Lewy always had an ear for singer/songwriters, and he proves to be quite an asset to Spheeris on reflective, contemplative gems like "In the Misty Woods" and "Blue Streets."

    Between Spheeris' heartfelt singing and writing and Lewy's imaginative production, The Dragon Is Dancing never fails to hold the listener's attention.

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    track 7) Eternity Spin

    Nice guitar driven rocker with Jimmie's unique sound
    Great production by henry Lewy once again.




    I've known you such a long long time
    from lifetime to lifetime you are there
    from a distant star to this dirty bar
    we've come so far to come nowhere

    and I've been everything you desired
    from your frozen slave, to the master of your fire
    but we can try it again; another round my friend
    eternity's spin is about to begin

    and I've known you such a long long time
    from century to century you are the one
    from the wind blown girl to the handsome boy
    you're the Captain, the black queen, the moon and sun

    and I've been everything you required
    I have been wind and earth, water and fire
    but we can try it again; another round my friend
    eternity's spin is about to begin

    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved
     
  25. lemonade kid

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    track 8) Sunken Skies

    The title reveals a classic beauty that I really love, a song I put on a personal "greatest by Jimmie" set.




    you make me feel like flying
    out of the sky's cocoon
    I wave goodbye to planets
    the suns and stars and moons
    you make me feel so good
    like a kid again
    riding wisdom's wind so free
    you make me feel like flying
    the sunken skies of me


    you're never asking questions
    as I fade away
    and wave goodbye to rights
    and to wrongs
    and games to play
    I'll dive into your swells and
    the ancient wells
    that flow so far away
    you're never asking questions
    but the answers come your way...


    (C) (P) 1975, 1998 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
    All rights reserved.
     

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