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A great compilation of a great band.
David Goodwin | Westchester, NY United States | 03/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If there's anything bad to be said about this set, it's that it is slightly unnecessary. After all, this is a double-disc compilation of (count 'em) four albums, the output the original Spirit managed while on the Ode/Epic label in the 1960s. As such, this places this collection (in the Utility-o-meter) somewhere around Syd's "Wouldn't You Miss Me?" (a one disc set that comps three albums) and Captain Beefheart's "The Liberty Years." But that complaint, of course, forgets where Time Circle comes in the Spirit timeline: 1991, before Sony Legacy pumped into overdrive and reissued the band's albums. Thus, its faults can be easily disregarded, and it still stands today as an amazing introduction to an amazing band.So what do we have here? Several tracks (in their original stereo mixes) from their amazing and totally idiosyncratic first album, a set of remixes from their woefully-overlooked second album (Collectors, take heed: these remixes are *not* identical to the ones that showed up on the Legacy reissue), a set of original mixes from their even-more-overlooked Clear, and a heaping portion of Sardonicus. One gets all of this, including some previously-unreleased-at-the-time and STILL-unavailable-anywhere-else mixes and bonus tracks for a fantastically bargain-basement price.The verdict? If you are a veteran Spirit fan, Time Circle might not present enough unique material to hold your interest, as the original mixes are available on CD elsewhere. Still, this is the only place to get the Model Shoppe tracks. If you're a Spirit newbie, however, seriously consider this set over the budget "I've Got a Line On You" and "Best of Spirit" comps; you'll be happy you did, as Time Circle (like the Rolling Stones' "Hot Rocks") is one of those compilations that develops a life of its own."
A great collection
Justarasta | Coral Gables, FL United States | 03/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking to cover most of the Spirit catalog in one CD this is the real deal. All of the hits are here as are many other songs that bear listening. The range of music produced by this band is really quite remarkable. They were very much a band that was technically and musically far more advanced than most of its contemporaries.Why some of the songs made this collection is beyond me as some of them must be songs only a long time fan can really tolerate. I've discovered some songs that are really good but never reached a hit status. The problem is that I still find myself skipping a few songs. The answer is that to burn one great CD that has all the hits and some of the other discoveries I have made and leave the rest for musical discovery days. Maybe the rest will grow on me.One last note is that the remastering is really quite good. The original tapes were pretty good to begin with, since the band largely recorded in LA at the time that it had some of the best studios, but the remastered result is remarkable.This is the buy for anyone who is interested in the band and who has a CD burner."
You Really Need This!
Patrick W. Schubert | Santa Ana, California United States | 12/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you are new to Spirit or a long time fan, Time Circle is a stellar collection that belongs in any serious music lover's library. It contains most of the material from their first four records along with some excellent outtakes, b-sides and rare tracks. Because this collection is so extensive, and the tracks so thoughtfully selected, I would go as far to say that this is the only Spirit CD you will ever need. That said, it's also probably wise to pick up a copy of their masterpiece Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus since Time Circle omits two essential tracks from this album, including the beautiful closing track "Soldier".
Spirit were truly in a class by themselves. Every member was (is) a highly talented, original and versatile musician. When Randy California drowned off the shores of Hawaii a few years back, the world lost a truly gifted songwriter and guitarist. R.I.P. Randy, and thanks for all the great music."