The Euro-American Years

6CD £32.00
  • SKU: ECLEC62734
  • UPC: 5013929473485
  • Release Date: 28 August 2020


Label Review. 

105 tracks of which 34 are previously unreleased. Studio and live recordings 1979-1983. Esoteric.

Our Overview. 

In mid-1979 the trio incarnation of Spirit broke up and Randy formed a new solo band and embarked on a European tour supporting Ian Gillan. After recording a series of demos further studio sessions produced the recordings which would form his solo album ‘Euro-American’, released in 1982 and included in this set. The original boxed set of ‘The Euro-American Years’ was compiled by Spirit archivist Mick Skidmore and was issued in 2006. The original concept for this box (which sold out very quickly in its first pressing, only to be consistently bootlegged in various countries via downloads and separate CDR discs for which the artists received no compensation) was to pull together the vast amount of music that Randy released during 1979-1983 period (although some tracks were recorded earlier and were shelved due to lack of a record deal).

Due to demand from fans, Mick Skidmore has recovered from the archives an additional two CDs worth of previously unreleased material, namely a live concert by Spirit recorded in Greensboro, North Carolina in April 1981 before a wildly exuberant audience, along with The Randy California Band’s entire set at Reading Festival in 1982 and a part of the band’s set at Glastonbury Festival from the same year.


Disc One: You Stole My Heart / California Man / Song For Laura / Thinking Of You / Reeling In The Night / Lani By The Sea / Shattered Dreams / Rock Of Ages / Magic Wand // “Euro American” The Original Album - Toy Guns / This Is The End / Mon Ami / Rude Reaction / Calling You / Wild Thing / Easy Love / Fearless Leader / Five In The Morning / Skull And Crossbones / Breakout // Bonus Tracks - Man At War / Write You A Letter

Disc Two: Hand Guns / Come On Woman / Trouble In Mind / Cabin De Telephone / Shane / All Along The Watchtower / Don’t Bother Me / Downer / Brittany / Second Child / Man At War / Killer Weed / Radio Man / Superchild / Run To Your Lover / Love’s Not A Game / Love Is War / Childhood’s End / Overloaded Ships Sink

Disc Three: Spirit Live 1980 And 1981: 1984 / Turn To The Right / Five In The Morning / Hungry Driver / I Want Somebody / Hey Joe / Shattered Dreams / Fish Fry Road / Magic Wand / Come On Woman / Breakout / Downer / Song For Laura / Wild Thing

Disc Four: Grosser Herrscher / His Spirit Is Travelling On / Pt 109 / Whispers From Heaven / Trying To Get Closer To You / Since She’s Gone / Past Love / Stepping Son / Otter In The Sea / California Man / Childhood’s End // Live In Ayr, Scotland, October 1979 - Downer / You Stole My Heart / Move On Up / California Man / Rebel’s Flight / Breakout / Song For Laura

Disc Five: Live At Louie’s, Greensboro, South Carolina 1981 - 1984 / Turn To The Right / Animal Zoo / Magic Wand / Nature’s Way / Five In The Morning / So Little Time To Fly / Mr. Skin / Come On Woman / All The Same / I Got A Line On You / Fish Fry Road / Wild Thing / Like A Rolling Stone / Come And Get It (Magic Spirit)

Disc Six: Live At The Reading Festival 1982 - Second Child / Downer / Man At War / Like A Rolling Stone / All Along The Watchtower / Come On Woman / Nature’s Way / Killer Weed / Run To Your Lover / I Got A Line On You / Song For Laura / Wild Thing // Live At The Glastonbury Festival 1982 - Hand Guns / Lisa / Don’t Bother Me / Rebel On Attack / Killer Weed