Spirit's self-titled, experimental debut album was marked by Randy California's eclectic writing style, Syd Barrett's psychotropism and Jim Morrison's West Coast bohemianism. The result was commercially unsuccessful, but garnered underground FM airtime. The band later curtailed its psychedelia and focused on a broader array of genres.
The album was first published by Ode Records in 1968. It has since been reprinted by Sony, repackaged in compact-disc form and remastered from original analogue tapes.