Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (studio album) by Spirit

Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus by Spirit
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 1,835th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 179 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1970 (45th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (363rd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,835th)
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 179 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.0/100, a mean average of 78.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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55/100
From 03/18/2021 16:00
marginally above average rock and roll of the era
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From 07/13/2019 04:24
A very underrated classic. It was no holds barred in the studio in those days. These guys put together a flow rarely seen in an era of concept albums and rock operas.
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90/100
From 03/04/2018 10:01
A album which was years ahead of its time when released in 1970. The sleeve notes (CD version) refer to the Moog Sythesizer 'unlike today's compact modules, this one looked like an old fashioned telephone operator's station with cables going in and out every direction', this would have been an early Moog modular. A fantastic collection of tracks from the moody quite heavy 'When I Touch You' which builds up to a fantastic acid sounding guitar crescendo. 'Street Worm' showcases some amazing guitar work which is almost metal in its delivery. The upbeat 'Morning Will Come' introduces brass stabs adding to the overall interest of the album. The slower 'Soldier' plays on vocal harmonies which work beautifully. Overall a real treat of a listening experience.
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90/100
From 06/08/2016 12:53
One of those great Californian albums of the late sixties. The twelve dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, is Spirit's masterpiece. Fantastic songs including, nature's way, Mr. Skin, and, love has found a way. A wonderfully topical album that should never be forgotten or overlooked.
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From 06/05/2016 12:45
The masterpiece of one truly incredible band
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75/100
From 06/02/2016 23:08
Favoritas: Soldier, Nature's Way, Prelude - Nothin' To Hide
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70/100
From 11/17/2013 19:55
This album is now rightly regarded as a West Coast psychedelic masterpiece and is incredibly well supported by the critics. By 1970 Spirit were a band that have matured into an innovative and highly skilled group. It is an album packed full of superb songs including Nature’s Way (which became a slow burning FM staple), the rock brass tinged funk of Mr Skin and the haunting Love Has Found a Way which is full of clever arrangements and skilful harmonies.

The songs are consistently strong (although side 1 is superior to side 2) and Randy California’s guitar work is superb irrespective of style and covers everything from proto metal to delicate folk rock.
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90/100
From 10/06/2013 20:51
My favorite Spirit album, closes off nicely the era of 60's psychedelic experimentation with a reveled lyrical sensitivity and jazz-infused music. At the same time it heralds the 70's with lyrical themes that reference extensively the environment and coincides with the first celebration of Earth Day.
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From 11/03/2010 06:16
Released in 1970 not '72.
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95/100
From 05/14/2009 00:13
....on a given day this is the best album of the seventies, and one of the best of all time. perfectly realized, mysterious, profound, progressive, tasteful, bodacious, at turns quiet and then fuzzmonster-ish. if you like rock guitar, randy california is in the pantheon up there with many much more rich and famous members. a concept album loosely revolving around "ecology" and love. the coda, soldier, seems to be the end of an era. essential.
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
5. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
6. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
7. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
8. Moondance by Van Morrison
9. Fun House by The Stooges
10. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
13. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
14. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
15. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
16. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
17. Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple
18. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
19. Abraxas by Santana
20. Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
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