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Spirit were “Out of Topanga Canyon from the Time Coast” according to an early press release. Visually they were quite different to the norm as the drummer, Ed Cassidy, was shaven headed, always dressed in black and performed behind the biggest drum kit most people had ever seen. He was stepfather to the group’s guitarist – Randy California (who had played with Hendrix in the latter’s band Jimmy James and the Blue Flames in 1966). Other members of the band were Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes who later formed Jo Jo Gunne and John Locke Cassidy had played in many jazz bands in the 50s and was a highly respected musician – not surprising, therefore, that the band’s first album was more than tinted with jazz. The elaborate string arrangements and overtly psychedelic songs were, one could say “of their time”! By the time of the second album “The Family that plays together” (would they have got away with that in these tremulous times ?) the band were a lot more together and the album actually included a US top 30 hit in “I got a line on you”.
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