Recorded at Crevice Tool Clean Sound by Ron Obvious and produced by Paul Hyde in the spring of 1986, “Tripping Up The Stairs” is a further exploration of the band’s melding of seminal issues with celtic-folk-rock fusion music, and was their first release on Stoney Plain Records. Also features some guest artists.
“Spirit of the West’s 2nd album was produced by Paul Hyde of the Payolas. At that point in time the band was made up of Geoffrey, J Knutson and myself. We had met Paul in the old Savoy night club. We had just finished a show and he approached us and said he thought what we were doing was cool. He suggested we get together and record something. We ended up using Vancouver Legend, Ron Obvious, to record and mix us at Crevice Tool Sound in the spring of 1986. We invited some friends of ours to play on the album, Barry Muir, Ann Leader and Jack Duncan from Barney Bentall’s band rounded out the sound. 1986 was a formutive year for us. We spent a lot of nights at The Railway Club, playing, drinking and watching our contemporaries on that popular but rather tiny stage. It was a wonderful time in music. The Railway club played host to the likes of Art Bergman, the Jazzmanian Devils, KD Lang and a raft of others which included the punks and the folkies. I believe that the melting pot of music that we were listening to and watching allowed us to move beyond being just folkies. Hugh joined the band in that year which ended up being one of the best additions to the line up we ever made.”