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Spirit was an American rock band founded in and based in Los AngelesCalifornia. With the addition of California's stepfather Ed Cassidy on drums, and keyboard player John Lockethe new band was originally named the Spirits Rebellious after a book by Kahlil Gibranbut the name was soon shortened to Spirit.
Cassidy was recognizable by his shaved head hence his nickname "Mr. Skin", later the title of a Spirit song and his fondness for wearing black.
Born inhe was about twenty years older than the rest of the group. Early demo recordings by the band were produced by their Topanga Canyon roommate Barry Hansen, later known as the radio host Dr. The group's first album, Spiritwas released in The album was a hit, reaching number Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany on the Billboard and staying on the chart for seven months.
The album had jazz influences and used elaborate string arrangements not found on their subsequent recordings and is the most overtly psychedelic of their albums. The band capitalized on the success of their first album with another single, "I Got a Line on You". Released in Novembera month before their second album, The Family That Plays Togetherit became their biggest hit single, reaching number 25 on the charts number 28 in Canada.
The album matched its success, reaching number Spirit also appeared with Led Zeppelin at two outdoor music festivals Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany July Jimmy Page 's use of a theremin has been attributed to his seeing Randy California use one that he had mounted to his amplifier.
After the success of their early records, the group was asked by French film director Jacques Demy to record the soundtrack to his film Model Shopand they also made a brief appearance in the film.
After the release of Clearthe group recorded the song "", written by California and produced by the group on their own. After being released in Februaryit placed at No. The song would finally see general release on The Best of Spirit in On the recommendation of Neil Youngthe band chose frequent Young collaborator David Briggs as the producer. It was a prolific time for the group's writers, and the album was released in latepeaking at No. Epic also released an early mix of "Animal Zoo" as a single, but it too only made it to No.
Sardonicus is critically regarded as a landmark of art rockwith a tapestry of literary themes about the fragility of life and the complexity of the human experience, illustrated by recurring lyric "life has just begun", and continued the group's pioneering exploration of environmental issues in their lyrics cf.
The album is also notable for its inventive production and the use of a modular Moog synthesizer. After the group undertook a promotional tour to support the album Twelve Dreams of Dr.
California had accused them of plotting to take over the group. Their final gig with Spirit occurred Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany January 30,which almost ended with a fist-fight. Bass player John Arliss initially took Andes' place. California was still in the line-up, but he had suffered a head injury from a horse riding accident and was unable to tour. Bass player Al Staehely was recruited by Locke and Cassidy, and they toured briefly before deciding that they had to add a guitar player to do the music justice.
Al's brother, John Christian Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany Staehely, auditioned for the band and was quickly brought on board, departing the Texas rock group Krackerjack. It was a different turn for the group, Scene 1; Scene 2 - Shakespeare*, Frank Silvera, Cyril Cusack, Celia Johnson, Anna Massey Directed By more of a country rock influence pervading their jazzier tendencies, but it only met with a mild commercial response, also reaching No.
The tour for Feedback proceeded very well for much of that year, but with musical roots that went different directions, eventually both Cassidy and Locke left the lineup. The Staehely brothers recruited Stu Perry to play drums. While the tour was well received critically, Spirit disbanded in mid The brothers would release their own album, Sta-Hay-Leein California, meanwhile, had recorded and issued his first solo album, Kapt. Although Locke made a guest appearance, it was not intended as a Spirit album at the time.
However, Epic rejected the completed album. Thereafter, California moved to MolokaiHawaii. InEpic Records decided to re-issue the group's first and third albums as a two-fer entitled Spirit in response to Sardonicus continuing to sell well as a catalog item; eventually, Sardonicus would earn the band's only RIAA gold certification in That same year, Epic also issued a compilation album The Best of Spiritas well as releasing the Sardonicus track "Mr.
Skin" as a single. Skin" became another minor hit peaking at No. Cassidy decided to capitalize on the new demand for the group and put together an entirely And I Love Her - The Beatles - Something New group for touring purposes, which lasted throughout the year.
InCassidy made it a point to find and re-establish contact with his stepson. He eventually persuaded California to return to the mainland and give the band another shot. Andes worked with the duo for a while, but never intended to stay, as he was in the process of working with the group Firefall at the same time.
Andes was replaced by former Frank Zappa sound engineer Barry Keene. In Bruce Gaitsch - Novathe group was supposed to be the opening act for Ten Years After at a show in Floridabut when Ten Years After backed out at the last minute, Spirit was granted permission to take over the theatre for the evening. Using the profits from the show, they blocked out as much time as they could at Studio 70 in Tampa, Florida. After recording a large amount of material at the studio, their manager at the time, Marshall Berle Off The Wall - Michael Jackson - Off The Wall nephew of Milton Berleoffered the cache of tapes to Mercury Records.
On the basis of the Fetters Rent In Twain - Blackwatch - Blackwatch (Vinyl, Album), the group was offered a contract, and a double-album entitled Io Vivo Senza Te - Mina - La Voz De. Mina of '76 was culled from Cut Me Loose (Original Vocal) - Jaimy Feat.
Mozez - Cut Me Loose material and released in May The album peaked at No. For the tour in support of Son of SpiritLocke re-joined the group. Eventually, Andes returned to the line-up as well, and though Ferguson declined to participate in the group reunion at first, the band with the addition of Mark's brother Matt Andes as a second guitarist recorded an album entitled Farther Alongreleased in late The album returned the group to the U.
Disaster struck, however, when an inebriated Neil Young walked onto stage to join the band during the final show's encore of " Like a Rolling Stone. California moved over in front of Neil and began pushing him backwards, away from the microphone, Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany past the drumkit and offstage.
Young, along with a host of music and film luminaries, including New Hollywood director Hal Ashbyhad been hanging out with the band backstage before they went on, and Locke a friend of Young had invited the guitarist to join them in their encore. When Locke saw California pushing Young offstage, he got up from his piano and said that he had had enough and didn't ever want to play with California again, walking off stage.
Cassidy initially quelled the situation by leaving his kit and physically pulling both California and Young back onstage to the microphone to close out the song, asking the audience to sing along with them. The audience stood, stunned at the scene that was playing out before them.
After finishing the song, the band members argued backstage over what had unfolded. The damage had been done, and the reunion ended that night. Mercury released it in earlybut the experimental album which included a Hendrix-influenced cover of " All Along the Watchtower " and underpinned science fiction lyrical themes with many samples from Star Trek: The Original Series in a variant of filk received no promotion, ending what little bit of commercial momentum the group might have regained.
It also initially ended their contract with Mercury. During this period, Ferguson was having success in his solo career with the hits " Thunder Island " ; No. Now down to a Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany with new bassist Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, the group toured extensively throughout ; an English leg saw the band headline a triple bill that included post-punk ensemble Alternative TV and The Police.
This trio line-up also recorded a heavily-overdubbed live album also released in that was released in slightly different configurations in several countries by different independent labels. It was not a commercial success, and after the tour's end inCalifornia left the group again. After Spirit's demise, California put together another group with the short-lived intent of restarting his solo career. While in England, a fan presented him with a petition of 5, signatures requesting the release of the Potato Land album from Consequently, inCalifornia released an overdubbed selection of tracks from the original album alongside several unrelated songs dating from the Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany s.
Demento and in Britain by Beggars Banquet Recordsa well-regarded independent label specializing in punk rock and its derivations. Surprisingly, it was the only Spirit album other than Sardonicus to chart in Britain, peaking at No. California's second solo album, Euro-Americanwas released in by Beggars Banquet. It featured a lineup Rock And Roll Planet - Spirit - Made In Germany drummer Preston Heyman. During this period, California performed on the second tier at the Glastonbury Festival.
When the power generator failed—allegedly because the operator had fallen asleep stoned and neglected to refill the fuel—Heyman performed a twenty-minute solo while the situation was rectified.
In Decemberthe original Spirit line-up re-formed and recorded several songs from their first four albums as well as a few new tracks live on a soundstage. The band was joined by several guests, including Jeff Baxter and Bob Welch.
The resulting Spirit of '84 released internationally as The Thirteenth Dream was initially recorded for an audiophile label; however, Mercury Records re-signed the band including a California solo deal and released the album in The album was only a moderate critical success and failed to chart.
While some of the original members went on to do other projects, California and Cassidy continued touring with new members Scott Monahan on keyboards and Dave Waterbury on bass. California headed to England and recorded his third solo album, the contemporary hard rock effort Restlessfor which Heyman who played on the track "Jack Rabbit" secured a deal with Phonogram for in late Following a few live dates in England, California returned to the United States and resumed touring extensively with Cassidy, Monahan, and Waterbury.
There was one more solo album from California: a collection of material entitled Shattered Dreams that was released in InCalifornia secured a deal for Spirit with prominent independent label I. Records best known for cultivating R. Although the group including California, Cassidy, Locke, Nile, Monahan, and George Valuck on keyboards toured extensively in support, the album failed to return them to the charts. California, Cassidy, and Nile continued to tour as a power trio, and self-released Tent of Miracles in Nile contributed heavily to the album, writing songs and sharing lead vocals.
Spirit continued working almost continually for the next six years. Though they would release very few albums of new material during the decade, the group was always either recording or touring. This came to an end on January 2,when California drowned off the coast of Hawaii. He had been surfing with his son, who got caught in a riptide.
He managed to push his son to safety but ended up losing his own life. Though Cassidy played a few dates with some former Spirit alumni under the name "Spirit Revisited" inCalifornia's death was effectively the end of the group. Locke died of complications resulting from lymphoma in August
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