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Spirit of the West

RARE LP ON TRINITY RECORDS

The first album. Absolutely and thoroughly deleted, and therefore a priceless artifact. What a lovely photo. See "Old Material" for the half of the songs which have been authorized and preserved in marketable form by the erstwhile Mann and Kelly.

Spirit of the West
Labour Day

CD (September 29, 1992)
Original Release Date: August 1988
Label: Flying Fish Records
This album was recorded after the departure of co-founding member J. Knutson, and was the first album with new member Hugh McMillan. It was recorded at Blue Wave Studios in Vancouver, the band self-producing the basic tracks with the help of Steve Smith, engineer. Veteran Danny Greenspoon came in to produce the final touches and mix the album, much to everyone's relief and ultimate satisfaction. Jazz and funk flavours began to infuse the sound on this disk, and features Alan Prosser (e. guit.) and John Jones (melodion) of the Oyster Band (Britain) on one cut.

Spirit of the West Tripping Up the Stairs

CD (June 30, 1998)
Original Release Date: April 1988
Label: Stony Plain Music

Recorded at Crevice Tool Clean Sound by Ron Obvious and produced by Paul Hyde in the spring of 1986, "Tripping Up The Stairs" is a further exploration of the band's melding of seminal issues with celtic-folk-rock fusion music, and was their first release on Stoney Plain Records. Also features some guest artists.

Spirit of the West
Old Material 1984-1986

CD (September 22, 1995)
Original Release Date: 1987
Label: Stony Plain Music
This album comprises songs culled from the band's first independent release, "Spirit of the West" (1984), for half the record, and material pulled from a live concert at the Vancouver Cultural Centre (1986) for the other half. The studio album material was produced by Barney Bentall in his old studio in a plywood mill, featuring special guest Dougie McLean (Scotland) on one track, and the live material was mixed by the careful and exacting Ron Obvious. The original studio album is no longer available, and is considered by some to be a collector's item.