Spirit of the West

Spirit of the West
Tell Me What I Think

1 used cd very rare demo in good condition

5 versions of 'Tell Me What You Think'

Spirit of the West
Star Trails

This CD is a recent release on the Maplenationwide label. "Spirit of the West has released 12 albums, including four gold and two platinum recordings, plus hits like Home for a Rest and The Crawl. The group consists of John Mann, guitarist/vocalist; Geoffrey Kelly, flutist/guitarist; Hugh McMillan, guitarist; Tobin 'The Gull' Frank, bass guitarist/pianist/organist/accordion player and drummer Vince Ditrich. The band has just finished recording Star Trails, its first studio recording in several years. 'We've been on a low simmer for about four years', explained Ditrich. 'We did a huge number of albums with record labels, fulfilled our contract by doing a greatest hits album then we went off and did some solo albums.' He said this time, band members are all writing together and have made a conscious effort to make the album sound less slick. 'Through the years, we've realized we've made some recordings that were pretty nice productions but didn't bear a strict resemblance to our live performance', noted Ditrich. 'Live performances have been the main thrust for us through the years. We've always been a sweat band -- sweat, blood and tears. We've tried to capture a bit more of that on this album.' He added the album shows the band's versatility. 'We've got folk, Celtic traditional, punk, alternative, grunge, jazz, rock and roll', said Ditrich. 'As individuals, you wouldn't believe the breadth of our musical interest and experience. It's quite remarkable. We're borrowing from all those things we've experienced in our musical careers and are bringing it together for this.'

Spirit of the West
Hit Parade

Hit Parade marks the culmination of our recording contract with Warner Music Canada. We are one of the rare bands who actually fulfilled such a long and parsimonious relationship with a large and somewhat unwieldy label.

This set of songs was compiled with much discussion between the band and the executives at Warner, to whom kudos belong for being so patient and accomodating of the band's wishes.

The cover graphics was overseen by Vince, who appears on the centre of the front as the drummer of his father's band in Lethbridge AB at the age of 6.

There are four songs from the Open Heart Symphony sessions, which were mixed especially for this compilation, and appear nowhere else. "That's Amore" features Vince on vocals ...

Spirit of the West
Weights and Measures

CD (April 17, 1998)
Label: Wea
Recorded in Britain in April/May of 1997, this album cost a small fortune. The band shall therefore use this space to cajole you to buy it, in order that they may recoup their horrifying losses.

Spirit of the West
Two Headed

CD (June 4, 1996)
Original Release Date: April 1996

sold used in new condition

Once again recorded at Mushroom Studios, but this time co-produced by Ken Marshall....You can get anything from AmWay, even a record producer. Album is multi-level; a pyramid of sounds, really. Between John & Vince's trips to the wine store at 41st & Cambie and the Foosball games, the band recorded tracks such as "Tell Me What I Think," "Unplugged," and "Mildred."

Released in 1995.

Spirit of the West

CD (May 10, 1994)
Original Release Date: 1994
Label: Elektra/Asylum

Recorded in 1993, Faithlift has made DJs sound as if they're lisping ever since. Tracked at Mushroom Studios, produced and engineered by Michael Phillip Wojewoda.

Includes "Five Free Minutes," "...And if Venice is Sinking..." & "Sadness Grows" (which for some bizarre reason is referred to as "Saunders Grows" by German radio).

Faithlift project holds all-time record for hours spent trying to get an accordion in-tune.

Spirit of the West
Go Figure

CD (August 26, 1996)
Label: Bmg

1991 effort, recorded at Vancouver Studios by the charming and effervescent Joe Chiccarelli.

Vince Ditrich's first album with SOTW. Mann moved to electric guitar, and Kelly began playing acoustic. Guitar string manufacturers rejoiced.

Not to be mistaken for "Faithlift" which won a Juno award for its artwork. Features "Goodbye Grace," "D for Democracy" & "Far Too Canadian."

Spirit of the West
Save This House

CD (December 12, 2001)
Label: Wea
also released: Oct 20, 1992
Label: Elektra Entertainment
The first major label release for SOTW. Recorded in 1989 at Mushroom Studios by Danny Greenspoon. Linda McRae's first appearance. Includes such favourites as "The Old Sod", "Home For a Rest", and "Save This House". Also includes a guest appearance by Rob Menzies on bagpipes. As pipers get even less session work than trombonists, this is worth mentioning.

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.

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.