Jimmie Spheeris: Isle of View

1971
"The winter is worn and the springtime is born..."

Isle of View. Say those words real fast. They morph into a lovely phrase: "I love you." For all our follies and foibles, Jimmie believed to the end that we're still an OK species. Jimmie's debut album was released in 1971. The CD reissue was released in 1998 but is no longer available. Visit the news page to find out why.

Review by Alan Shulman
OVERLOOKED ALBUMS #19: JIMMIE SPHEERIS: ISLE OF VIEW

"Spheeris’ biography reads like a movie script ridden with bad clichés
about the great musician time forgot."

"... a certain stillness to fill those quiet moments ..."

Related archive: See how the cover art was restored.

TRACK LIST

The Nest
For Roach
Monte Luna
Seeds Of Spring
I Am The Mercury
Long Way Down
Let It Flow
Seven Virgins
Come Back
Esmaria

THE PLAYERS

JIMMIE SPHEERIS
guitar, piano, vocals

GEOFF LEVIN
guitars

DAVID CAMPBELL
violin, viola

LEE CALVIN NICOLAI
flute, bass, backing vocals

DAVID HAROWITZ
piano on "Monte Luna" and side two

EMIL LATIMER
conga

BUDDY SALZMAN
drums

BILL LA VORNA
drums

PRODUCTION CREDITS - ORIGINAL LP

Produced by Paul Leka
Engineered by Tim Geelan, Stan Tonkel, and Phil Cross
Strings arranged and conducted by David Campbell
Recorded at Columbia Studios - New York and Los Angeles
Tim Geelan: mixing engineer
Jack Ashkinazy: remix engineer
David Gahr: back cover photo
Ron Coro: design for the original Columbia Records LP
Cover art compliments of Monte Luna

Thank You to:
Hal Ray, Yvonne Gillham, David & Geoff, Mr Lee, Idalie & Lauralie, Richie Havens
Clive Davis, Kip Cohen, Jonathan Coffino, David Gahr, John Berg

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FOR RAIN RECORDS

Executive Producer: Johnny Pierce
A&R Coordinator: Wayne Jackson

Cedarhouse Productions

Digitally remastered by Bruce Miller and Doug Wygal
Manufactured by Sony Music
CD liner and digital imaging by Andy Markley - art101

photo by Davis Gahr

The Nest

come to me now - dove on your shoulder
white flame of love burns on your breath
I am ready for flight
oh my wings are so ripe
come wake me
take me from the nest

the scarlet ships sail sacred oceans
where tides of love have laid to rest
quiet water by night
oh my sails are so ripe
come wake me
take me from the nest

and weave your beauty
fire lacing thru me
trip the light and know that I am waiting for you

unlock the treasure of stolen pleasure
breathe in the light that blinds the pain that we once knew
wake me
take me

come to me now - dove on your shoulder
white flame of love burns on your breath
I am ready for flight
oh my wings are so ripe
come wake me
take me from the nest
from the nest

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For Roach

harmony and honesty, like seeds in the ground
sprout up in butter cups, since you've been hangin' around
I woke from a dream and I held you
rich with understanding
and there was no space between us
only love that was lightly landing down

a love rush on clear trust, it keeps me high
sirens sing and traffic screams, and death drifts in these skies
but love seems to keep on shining
even in the storm
when waves of fear come blinding us
only love is gonna keep us warm now
mend the hearts that have torn away

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Monte Luna

the birds fly, weaving beauty all around these mountains
once their freedom knew me, and held my dreams
upon their wings of gold

the sun comes silently, and the church bell wakes the sparrow
he drinks the pure white rain that softly falls
as morning calls my name

calling me to come returning to the mountain of the moon
on wings that sing their freedom's mirth
with every passing of the winter's sun, I know that soon
peace will finally blossom on this earth

it's been a long long time
oh such a long long time

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Seeds of Spring

the winter is worn and the springtime is born
the city children storm thru the square
pigtailed girls and baby squirrels
in the whole wide world the children share

and this old world is truly their friend
it's gonna take care of their needs
thru the smog comes some god on a velvet wind
to scatter the seeds of spring

trinity chimes echo in my mind
the evening city shines - its gettin' lazy
church bells toll, echo in my soul
and I want you to bear my baby

and this old world is gonna be our friend
it's gonna take care of our dreams
thru the smog comes some god on a velvet wind
to scatter the seeds of spring now

to scatter the seeds of spring
to scatter the seeds of spring
of spring

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I Am The Mercury

I cannot go anymore to the marshes
where the gatekeeper smiles at the poisons that he's made
for my heart belongs to the one on the mountain
where the doves build their nests in the sun-ripened glade

for I am the mercury - light of the morning
looking for shelter in this thunder and this rain
and you like some windmill weave light where its storming
your love like a potion for the hunger and the pain
Let it rain

I have been bought, I have been sold in the city
I've dined with the demons and I drank of their fear
but you, you have known and waited in silence
come cradle my heart in a homecoming tear

and we are the mercury - light of the morning
looking for shelter in this thunder and this rain
and he like some windmill weaves light where its storming
his love like a potion for the hunger and the pain

let it rain - let it rain
let it rain on the mountain
let it rain

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Long Way Down

I do not have the time of day for you
I only know I wanna stay with you
and it's a long way down, baby, if you wanna slide
you're down, baby, you're down
down down on the ground

I just stopped by the other day
you always seem to be on your way
you tell me that you gotta go a little downtown
and then I watch you run around
look you up and down

I'm looking out the window of your bedroom
just a wondering what in the world I just might do
you're listening to a voice that came on your wire
and then I watch you run around
look you up and down

you lay it down hard and you move me down slow
and once again I die
I die

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Let it Flow

would you love to love me baby
in a way they'd say was crazy
in innocence, the essence of us all
would you love to love me naked
let it ride and we can make it
can't you hear every moment's new born call?

and love me without thinkin' it over
love me like the sun loves clover
when it grows
let it flow

I watch the waves down at the shoreline
they come like thought rolling in moretime
love me like the force that makes them grow
pure and free in all directions
naked sea in our reflection
somewhere so high above these gates you know I know
glory grows

and love me without thinkin' it over
love me like the sun loves clover
when it grows
let it flow

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Seven Virgins

seven witches standin' in the road
stirrin' up the future with the legs of the toad
they got the wine
and I got the time
and isn't it sublime
just to lay down your load

come on and shake it to the mountain
bathe it in the fountain
leave what you been countin'
life is here to mold

seven virgins bathin' in the brook
smilin' at the farmer who come for a look
he got the lines
and they got the time
eight swimmin' virgins
and the river it was shook

come on and shuffle to the mountain
bathe it in the fountain
leave what you been countin'
stop makin' time
buyin' and a sellin'
peekin' and a tellin'
yesterday we were so old
this planet been a swellin'
like a salty summer melon
word's around it might explode
so I been told

seven witches standin' in the road
stirrin' up the future with the legs of the toad
well they got the wine
and I got the time
and isn't it sublime
just to lay down your load
lay down your load
lay down your load

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Come Back

we spent the night and the morning here
we talked... and once I even kissed you
I felt your feelings get all choked up by fear
and yes, I'm sorry that I missed you

come back... come here... come back here
come back... come here... come back here

you left me here and took a cab uptown
you left me with my feathers and my wine
I told you there were two ways to go: you can go up or go down
and when the time wasn't making you, you were making time

come back... come here... come back here
come back... come here... come back here

maybe some day when worlds are done
and the sky is but a memory
then we can slide into each other's love
you know... just like the thunder does, to the golden sea

come back... come here... come back here
come back... come here... come back here

living is a little game of give and take: gather and shed the time
what you're gonna give, you're surely gonna take
gather and shed the time

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Esmaria

morning brings the song of steeples
ringing in my ears
quiet rain calls to all the people
rain to come and wash away the tears

and I been jivin' in your alleyways
and lookin' for a better way thru

Jesus and the devil
God and man
who will be the master
when our cities turn to sand
well then my friends
will you take my hand?

and Esmaria, won't you please come home?
things have been so strange since you been gone
but if its goodbye forever, then let your heart ride a feather
to a better time

come on home to me
leaving the cocoon cradle
reaching for a star
breathing in the joker's fable
make me wonder who we really are
don't you wonder who we are?
bring it home

lay down your stones, come on
bring it home
lay down your stones, bring it home
lay down your stones
come on
bring it home

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