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Spirit's debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. Teenaged Randy California immediately established a signature sound with his humming, sustain-heavy tone; middle-aged drummer Ed Cassidy gave the group unusual versatility; and the songs tackled unusual lyrical themes, like "Fresh Garbage" and "Mechanical World." As is often the case in such hybrids, the sum fell somewhat short of the parts; they could play more styles than almost any other group, but couldn't play (or, more crucially, write) as well as the top acts in any given one of those styles. There's some interesting stuff here, nonetheless; "Uncle Jack" shows some solid psych-pop instincts, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin lifted the opening guitar lines of "Taurus" for their own much more famous "Stairway to Heaven."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972378428
catalogNumber: 723784
Rank: 27587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spirit   Primary Artist
Randy California   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jay Ferguson   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Andes   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Ed Cassidy   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
John Locke   Keyboards,Group Member

Technical Credits

Randy California   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jay Ferguson   Composer
Lou Adler   Producer
Mark Andes   Composer
Ed Cassidy   Composer
John Locke   Composer
Guy Webster   Cover Photo
Bob Irwin   Producer
Tom Wilkes   Art Direction
Jay Thompson   Insert Photography
Nicholas Bennett   Packaging Manager

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