Spirit

Mechanical World

Composed by Jay Ferguson / Mark Andes

Song Review by

If this song sounds a bit morbid, it's only because its co-writer, Spirit bassist Mark Andes, worked on it when he was confined to bed with the flu. References to death and leaving this mortal coil abound, all of them acid-magnified. In this way, it's not dissimilar to some of the Doors' songs of the period. Heavily orchestrated and arranged, it has a slightly jazzy feeling, crossed with some avant-garde classical. Again, Randy California's heavy, Hendrix-inspired guitar is one of the most breathtaking features of the track, and crossed with Jimmy Haskall's strings, the effect is stunning. A brief hit in Florida when it was released, it gave Spirit some of their first radio exposure.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Spirit 1968 Sundazed
The Best of Spirit 1973 Friday Music
The Thirteenth Dream 1984 Mercury 5:50
Time Circle (1968-1972) 1991 Epic/Legacy 5:19
Guitar Heroes [Sony Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2004 MSI Music Distribution / Epic 5:19
Future Games/Spirit of '84 2005 Beat Goes On 5:52
Fresh from the Time Coast: The Best of 1968-1977 2009 Raven 5:19
Original Album Classics, Vol. 1 2010 Epic 5:14
Pure... 60s 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 5:16
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