Spirit’s Got a Line on You: Classic Video

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SpiritSome of you might be asking in the wake of the 2016 Led Zeppelin plagiarism trial: Just who is this band Spirit? Those of us alive and listening in in the late ’60s and early ’70s – and growing our hair and likely smoking some boo – can tell you: One of the finest rocking psychedelic bands of the era. We could also tell you about how they recorded such irresistibly hooky classics as “Mr. Skin,” “Fresh Garbage,” “Animal Zoo” and “Nature’s Way.” Or how guitarist/singer Randy California played with Jimi Hendrix. Or how guitarist/singer Jay Ferguson and bassist Mark Andes went on to start Jo Jo Gunne, and Andes later played with Firefall and Heart. And how they did manage to score one gold (and fondly remembered) album: 1970’s The 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus. Can we say influential, kids?

Spirit LP coverBut the best way to show you how special Spirit was is to ask you to simply listen to and dig this clip.

And judge this band – whose other members were drummer Ed Cassidy and keyboard player John Locke – by the company they keep in this truly Classic Video. It’s a redux of perhaps their best song, “I Got a Line on You” (a #25 hit in its first 1968 incarnation, and recently covered by the Hollywood Vampires) that was on the group’s second reunion album in 1984, titled Spirit of ’84 in the U.S. (and The Thirteenth Dream in the rest of the world). Joining Spirit on the album and in this live video performance are: guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), guitarist Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac; it took Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks to replace him), Joe Lala (CSNY, Bee Gees, Manassas and many more), drummer Keith Knudson (Doobie Brothers), guitarist Howard Lesse (Heart) and other notables. There’s only one word to describe this super-jam: Killer!

Guitarist Randy California (nee Randy Craig Wolfe) died January 2, 1997, in a drowning accident, while rescuing his son (who survived).

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  1. JohnnyCNote
    #1 JohnnyCNote 24 June, 2016, 00:22

    THIS is Spirit: https://youtu.be/EjKTPh2FEqk

    The video (film) is pretty hokey, but at least it’s authentic. This one shows their psychedelic side, of which they were masters, and features Randy California’s Hendrix influence:

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  2. Hippie Dave
    #2 Hippie Dave 25 June, 2016, 03:38

    Love Spirit!! Awesome and members formed other awesome bands!!

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