Ira Robbins
September 06, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Time Circle (1968-1972)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Epic Legacy
genre
Rock, Reissues

We gave it a B+

Driven by an even greater desire for creative exploration, the chameleonlike Spirit took the eclecticism of Southern California as its guiding principle. The double-disc Time Circle explores the group’s multifaceted mixture of rock, jazz, and Brit-conscious pop, interspersing terse rock gems — smart, hard-edged creations like ”1984,” ”I Got a Line on You,” and ”Aren’t You Glad” — with jazz-oriented instrumental excursions, including ”Taurus,” to which Led Zeppelin’s ”Stairway to Heaven” owes a significant debt. B+

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