Label: Time Life Music - TL 531/05 • Series: The Spirit Of The 60s - TL 531/05 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock, Reggae, Pop • Style: Blues Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock
The single became a gold recordselling two million copies from toand reached number three on the US Billboard Hot chart April 18,where it lasted for 15 weeks in the Topand 1 on WCFL on March 16,  and on WLS on March 23, just before Easter. Billboard ranked the record the No.
Rolling Stone ranked "Spirit in the Sky" No. Man Of The World - Various - The Spirit Of The 60s: 1969 song was featured on the album of the same name. In a interview with the New York TimesGreenbaum told a reporter he was inspired to write the song after watching Porter Wagoner singing a gospel song on TV. Greenbaum said: "I thought, 'Yeah, I could do that,' knowing nothing about gospel music, so I sat down and wrote my own gospel song. It came easy.
I wrote the words in 15 minutes. Greenbaum had previously been a member of psychedelic jug band Dr. West's Medicine Show and Junk Band. When they split up he won a solo contract with producer Erik Jacobsen for Reprise Records.
Jacobsen had previously worked with The Lovin' Spoonful and the song Guns N Roses - Brazillian Democracy included on Greenbaum's first solo album.
The song's arrangement came together in the studio in San Francisco where lead guitarist Russell DaShiellbass player Doug Killmer from the band Crowfoot and drummer Norman Mayell from the band Sopwith Camel  worked with Greenbaum. According to the New York Times article, Greenbaum used a Fender Telecaster guitar with a fuzz box built into the body to generate the song's characteristic guitar sound.
The resulting sound was an "oddly compelling" combination of gospel and hard rock music,  with loud drums, distorted electric guitar, clapping hands, and tambourines. The production team brought Man Of The World - Various - The Spirit Of The 60s: 1969 the Stovall Sistersan Oakland-based gospel trio, to sing backing vocals.
There is a music video with Greenbaum singing the song. About the song, Greenbaum has been quoted as saying, "It sounds as fresh today as when it was recorded. InDoctor and the Medics reached No. The single was released on March 14,and was the official Comic Relief charity single for The song features guest vocals from The Kumars. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Spirit in the Sky disambiguation. For a deity whose portfolio includes or is limited to the sky, see Spirit of the sky.
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