Monday, September 22, 2008

Jimmie Spheeris: Isle of View (4/5)

Year: 1971
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Columbia
TRT: 38:47

I stumbled across this gem among my boss' record collection at a yard sale he recently had. The artwork immediately grabbed my eye, and I just couldn't turn it down. I had no idea what sort of music it was, but with an album cover that epic, it just had to be good. I wasted no time ripping it to my computer and educating myself.

I was not disappointed. From the first track I was hooked. Very accessible but also intelligently put together. There's a lot of sexual undertones to be found, but the man was very obviously a hippie, so I'm actually a bit surprised he wasn't more overt with his aural advances. All in all, a solid record from a deceased artist that never got the recognition he deserved.

This album was recently released on cd I believe, so it shouldn't be too hard to get a copy of it, but in my opinion it's worth buying the record to have the larger artwork.

01 The Nest
02 For Roach
03 Monte Luna
04 Seeds of Spring
05 I Am Mercury
06 Long Way Down
07 Let It Flow
08 Seven Virgins
09 Come Back
10 Esmaria

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