| Feb 8, 2005|
8 February 2005
| Time Circle - 1968–1972, The Family That Plays Together, Farther Along, Tent of Miracles, Rapture in the Chambers|
Model Shop is a 2005 album by the Los Angeles group, Spirit, which collects the material they recorded in 1968, for the soundtrack to Jacques Demy's film Model Shop. Chronologically, the album's material falls in between their second and third albums, The Family That Plays Together (1968) and Clear (1969) respectively.
For his film, director Jacques Demy wanted a band that captured the vibe of Los Angeles as he saw it. After hearing Spirit perform in an L.A. club, he decided that they would be the perfect group for his film's soundtrack. However, the film itself was considered a failure and no soundtrack album was released at the time. Most of the material remained unreleased until 2005, following the discovery of a master tape of the original mono mixes.
Model Shop differs from other Spirit albums of the era, in that most of the songs were written collaboratively. Also, with the exception of "Now or Anywhere" and "Green Gorilla", the pieces are exclusively instrumental and highlight the Jazz leanings of the band.
There are noticeable musical overlaps between the pieces on the soundtrack and Spirit's second and third albums. Work on Model Shop had begun in the middle of recording sessions for The Family That Plays Together, and two outtakes from that album, "Fog" and "Now or Anywhere", would appear in different form on the soundtrack. Later, when Spirit began to gather material for Clear, the band drew from much of the material on the unreleased soundtrack. For example, "Model Shop II" became the title song to Clear and "Song for Lola" was used as part of "Ice".
All songs by Ferguson, Locke, California, Andes, and Cassidy, except as indicated.
Tracks 1-11 were on the soundtrack.
Tracks 2, 4-6, 10-12, are previously unissued original mixes.
- "The Moving Van"
- "Mellow Fellow" (Cassidy, Locke)
- "Now Or Anywhere"
- "Green Gorilla"
- "Model Shop I"
- "Model Shop II (Clear)"
- "The Rehearsal Theme"
- "Song For Lola"
- "Eventide" (Locke)
- "Coral" (Locke)
- "Aren't You Glad" (Ferguson)
- demo version of a song never intended for the soundtrack; the final mix appeared on The Family That Plays Together
Spirit:Randy California - Guitar
Mark Andes - Bass
Ed Cassidy - Drums
Jay Ferguson - Percussion, Vocals
John Locke - Keyboards
Production:Lou Adler - Producer
Stephanie Kennedy - Production Coordination
Bob Irwin - Mastering
Tim Livingston - Project Manager
Jayme Pieruzzi - Project Manager
Mick Skidmore - Liner Notes
Jeff Smith - Design
1The Moving Van1:56Model Shop (album) Wikipedia
3Now or Anywhere4:40