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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Crobbins, Nov 22, 2020 at 12:09 AM.
I've been listening to them forever. Loads of great songs, arrangements -=- a really distinctive sound. Randy California is no longer with us, sadly.
Great song from a great band.
For some reason, Spirit were not well known in the UK, and I didn't find out about them for years after.
I was surprised how good they were - brilliant songs, ambitious arrangements and fabulous vocal harmonies.
So many to choose from but I picked this one because I like how it predated the the ecological movement by decades...
Brilliant, under-rated band.
Great rock band with a jazz drummer. That's why they sounded so different.
R.I.P. to both Ed & Randy...
Heard them at Atlanta Pop Fest I, they played the same afternoon as Led Zeppelin.
Did they play Taurus?...
One of my favorite bands... I really believe that The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus has gotten short-shrift in the stakes of Important Rock Albums.
Of course, personal taste and timing (as in period of one's life that something is first heard) are in play, but I put it up in the first rank with the Sgt. Peppers and Pet Sounds and Electric Ladylands and Dark Sides....
All those guys could sing, write and play.
Jay Ferguson was a great singer.
Latter day Spirit featured the Austin brothers John and Al Staehely.
The were the guitar and bass (respectively) on the tune Cadillac Cowboys.
I bought a guitar from John when I was still in high school.
Dang, I was hoping this was new Shirley Manson and Co
Randy was a guitar god on the level of the greatest, and should be ranked right up there alongside Jeff, Eric, Jimi, Duane and Dickey, Page, Green, Joe, Winter, and all the others at that level. I saw him in the 80s in a 3 piece version of Spirit, with Ed on drums (of course), and a superb bass player named Liberty, and they were astounding. Randy is the only person I've ever seen play 3 part harmonies using an Echoplex during guitar solos besides Jeff Beck on the Rough and Ready tour in 1971. He played with Jimi in New York, and Jimi asked him to go to England with him, but Randy was just a teen, and his parents wouldn't let him go. A few years later he moved to LA, changed his name to California, and met Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes, and the rest is history.
Here's some sustain for days ala Peter Green on Supernatural, Carlos on Europa, and Randy Bachman on American Woman.
"Once in my younger days I had a girl to love"
Here's further proof that Page stole from Randy
I saw "Spirit" at the Hollywood Palladium with "Its a Beautiful Day", and Dan Hicks...
My band in high school played some Spirit songs. In the late 60s-early 70s, most gigging bands in the Northwest would play songs that were on albums that we had. Usually we would work up everything from an album that we could play.
A trip down memory lane.
Haven't thought about Spirit in ages.
My first singing in my h/s band was on
I was accustomed to lurking behind my
combo organ and didn't even have my own mic
most of the time.
Being the front man/singer was a rush at age
Saw them in Salt Lake City. I think it was 1970 or maybe 1971. They were billed with Mason Proffit, who also put on a good show.