It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.

Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.

If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.

Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora Plus subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora Plus trial will expire shortly.
Your Pandora Plus trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora Plus.
More Info
No Thanks
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this


Spirit was a highly regarded rock band that achieved modest commercial success, charting 11 albums in the U.S. between 1968 and 1977. Founded in Los Angeles in 1967 by musicians who had a mixture of rock, pop, folk, blues, classical, and jazz backgrounds, and who ranged in age from 16 to 44, the group had an eclectic musical style in keeping with the early days of progressive rock; they were as likely to play a folk ballad featuring fingerpicked acoustic guitar, a jazz instrumental full of imaginative improvisation, or a driving rhythm tune dominated by acid rock electric guitar playing. The diverse tastes of the original quintet produced a hybrid style that delighted a core audience of fans but proved too wide-ranging to attract a mass following, and at the same time the musicians' acknowledged talents brought them other opportunities that led to the breakup of the original lineup after four years and four albums, then kept them from committing fully to regroupings as their music began to be recognized in later years. While two bandmembers, singer/guitarist Randy California and drummer Ed Cassidy, maintained the Spirit name, the others came and went as their schedules allowed, such that the group never fulfilled its early promise, although, as a vehicle for California's songwriting and guitar playing, it continued to produce worthwhile music until his death.

Randy California was born Randolph Craig Wolfe on February 20, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA. His mother, Bernice Pearl, was the sister of Ed Pearl, who owned the Ash Grove, a nightclub in Hollywood, and California, who began playing guitar as a child, grew up listening carefully to the folk, blues, and jazz musicians who performed there. In early 1965, the Rising Sons, a folk-blues group featuring Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder, played the Ash Grove; the band's drummer was Ed Cassidy (born May 4, 1923, in Chicago, IL; died December 6, 2012, in San Jose, CA), who met and married California's recently divorced mother, becoming his stepfather. Cassidy had been drumming professionally since his teens in almost every conceivable style, though lately largely in jazz groups before he joined the Rising Sons. He left the band after injuring his wrist during a solo.

Meanwhile, California had met two aspiring musicians from the San Fernando Valley, singer/percussionist Jay Ferguson (born John Arden Ferguson, February 5, 1947, in Burbank, CA) and bassist Mark Andes (born February 19, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA) at a folk music camp, and in September 1965, along with Cassidy and a second guitarist, they formed a band called the Red Roosters that played the Ash Grove.

The Red Roosters broke up when Cassidy moved his family to New York in search of work in the spring of 1966. There California had a fateful encounter with another guitarist at a music store in Manhattan; he met the then-unknown Jimi Hendrix, who was going by the name Jimmy James, and who invited him to join his band, Jimmy James & the Blue Flames, which was appearing at the Café Wha? in Greenwich Village. Since there was already a musician named Randy in the band, bass player Randy Palmer, Hendrix distinguished the two by their home states, calling Palmer "Randy Texas" and Randy Wolfe "Randy California," which he subsequently retained as a stage name. California played with Hendrix that summer, which was when Hendrix was spotted by Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who became his manager and took him to England to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hendrix asked California to go to England with him, but at 15 he was too young. Instead, California moved back to his home state with his mother and stepfather.

After returning west, California and Cassidy formed a band called Spirits Rebellious, after a book by the religious mystic Kahlil Gibran, also featuring pianist John Locke (born September 23, 1943, in Los Angeles, CA; died August 4, 2006, in Ojai, California), who had played with Cassidy previously in the New Jazz Trio. In the spring of 1967, California and Cassidy ran into Ferguson and Andes, who had continued to work as musicians while attending UCLA. After the demise of the Red Roosters, they had a band called Western Union, also including Andes' guitar-playing brother, Matt Andes, then Ferguson had tried to launch a solo career while Mark Andes served brief tenures with Yellow Balloon and Canned Heat. Now, they joined Spirits Rebellious, a name soon shortened to Spirit. By June, they were playing gigs and looking for a record contract. With Barry Hansen (later known as Dr. Demento, the novelty-song radio host) producing, they cut a demo tape. They also auditioned for record executive and producer Lou Adler. Adler, best known for his work with the Mamas & the Papas and his company Dunhill Records, had sold Dunhill to ABC Records and formed a new label, Ode Records, which had a distribution deal with Epic Records, an imprint of the major label CBS Records. Adler signed Spirit to Ode in August 1967.

Adler produced the self-titled debut album Spirit, which was released in January 1968. (Most of the songs were written by Ferguson, though California contributed a delicate instrumental called "Taurus" that would prove inspirational to Led Zeppelin, which based the introduction to the 1971 standard "Stairway to Heaven" on it.) Spurred by the single "Mechanical World," which had some regional success, the LP entered the Billboard chart in April and spent more than six months there, peaking in the Top 40 in September. Spirit toured extensively while working on their second album and preparing a score for French director Jacques Demy's film Model Shop (January 1969), in which they also appeared. (Sundazed Records belatedly released a soundtrack album from the film in 2005.) In October 1968, they issued a single, "I Got a Line On You," a driving rocker written by California. Peaking at number 25 in the Hot 100 in March 1969, it was the group's only Top 40 single. The second album, The Family That Plays Together, followed in December 1968. With the hit single spurring sales, it peaked at number 22 in March 1969. (Ferguson again dominated the songwriting, penning six of the 11 tracks, although California wrote or co-wrote the other five.)

With the accelerated schedules typical of record releases in the 1960s, Spirit had to have another album ready quickly, and Clear appeared in July 1969. The album led off with the California/Ferguson composition "Dark Eyed Woman," another rocker in the "I Got a Line on You" mold that was released as a single but did not hit; the LP also contained material written for the Model Shop score that, not surprisingly, sounded like background music. Clear was a disappointment after the success of The Family That Plays Together, peaking at number 55 in October. In December, the band released a one-off single, California's "1984," and it gave early indications of becoming a hit, rising to number 69 by March 1970 before radio became resistant to its ominous lyrics, which referred to the dystopian novel of the same name by George Orwell. Produced by the band itself, it was their last release on Ode. Adler had negotiated a split from CBS in order to move his label to A&M Records, and in so doing he agreed to leave Spirit with Epic. The band then hired David Briggs, who had worked on Neil Young's albums, to produce its fourth LP. Sessions for that album commenced in April 1970, but they were interrupted when California suffered a fractured skull due to a fall from a horse and spent a month in the hospital. A single, Ferguson's "Animal Zoo," emerged in July and grazed the bottom of the charts, but it ultimately took six months to complete the LP, released as Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus in November.

Spirit toured in support of the album during the winter and spring of 1971, but Epic failed to break a successful single from the LP, and it peaked at number 63 in February. Ferguson and Andes, frustrated at the band's lack of broad commercial success, quit Spirit to form a new band, Jo Jo Gunne, with Matt Andes and drummer Curly Smith. Initially, Spirit hired bassist John Arliss and played as a quartet. Then, California quit to launch a solo career. Remaining members Cassidy and Locke brought in two new musicians, brothers Al Staehely (bass) and Chris Staehely (guitar), and in November they began recording a new Spirit album. It appeared in February 1972 under the title Feedback. Like Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, it peaked at number 63 in the charts. When Cassidy left the band, followed by Locke, the Staehely brothers brought in a drummer and briefly toured as Spirit. They didn't get away with that for long, but it was easy to see why promoters were interested in having a Spirit band on the road, no matter who was in it. Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, though off the charts, had become an FM radio favorite and a perennial seller (it would be certified as a gold record in 1976), and Epic re-released The Family That Plays Together, which reentered the charts in July 1972.

Meanwhile, California had signed a solo contract with Epic and in the fall of 1972 he released his debut album, Kapt. Kopter & the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds. He reconnected with Cassidy, and the two hired a bass player, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, to tour Europe during the spring of 1973. They also worked on a concept album called Potatoland, but Epic rejected it, and California temporarily dropped out of the music business and moved to Hawaii. Epic released a compilation album, The Best of Spirit, in the summer of 1973 and saw it reach the charts along with a single release of "Mr. Skin," a song from Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus that was a sly allusion to Cassidy's shaved head. Epic also released a two-fer LP combination of Spirit and Clear, and it too got into the charts. Responding to the resulting demands for a live act, Cassidy, having reacquired legal right to the name Spirit from the Staehely brothers, teamed up again with Knight and added some side musicians to hit the road from July 1973 to April 1974.

After the dissolution of that unit, Cassidy traveled to Hawaii and got back in touch with California. Joined by Mark Andes, who had left Jo Jo Gunne, they began playing dates by September 1974; Locke also performed with them at the start of 1975, but neither he nor Andes stayed permanently. Instead, California and Cassidy hired another bass player, Barry Keene, and carried on. They recorded an album that they shopped, signing to Mercury Records, which released the double LP Spirit of '76 in May 1975. It made the lower reaches of the charts. They quickly followed in October with Son of Spirit, another modest seller. For Farther Along, released in June 1976, they were again joined by Andes and Locke, as well as Matt Andes. The album spent several weeks in the charts, and in August Ferguson, who had folded Jo Jo Gunne and was preparing a solo career, rejoined for a few shows, marking the first reunion of the original quintet in five years. He did not stay, however, and Mark Andes, who had already launched his new band Firefall, also departed, as did Locke. Once again California and Cassidy engaged a bassist, John Turlep, to continue as a trio.

Future Games (A Magical Kahauna Dream), the fourth Spirit album on Mercury, released in January 1977, found California standing alone and bare-chested on the front and back covers, and he played all the instruments on the record. Sales again were modest, and the Mercury contract expired. The band toured as a quartet including Locke and Knight, then carried on as a trio when Locke dropped out again. In March 1978, the group toured Europe, and their show at the Rainbow Theatre in London on March 11 was recorded for a live album. The LP appeared that fall on different record labels and in different configurations in different countries. The U.K. version of Live Spirit, released by Illegal Records, contained the Rainbow show; the American version, issued by Spirit's own Potato imprint, substituted some tracks recorded in Florida; and the West German version, titled Made in Germany, included a single track recorded in West Germany.

Spirit became inactive in 1979, as California formed the Randy California Band and Cassidy began playing in a group called the Urge, then joined Rainbow Red Oxidizer. By the fall of 1980, however, they were back together, adding bassist Steve "Liberty" Loria and later keyboardist George Valuck to perform again as Spirit. Spurred by a fan petition sponsored by the British music magazine Dark Star, they found a label, Beggars Banquet, interested in issuing the early-'70s Potatoland project, and they reworked it for release in April 1981, when it appeared under the title The Adventures of Kapt. Kopter and Commander Cassidy in Potatoland and briefly made the U.K. charts. Rhino Records brought the disc out in the U.S. In 1982, California again began performing under his own name, as he released his second solo album, Euro-American, in Europe. The album featured guest performances by the other four original members of Spirit, though they were never all together on one track.

By the end of 1982, however, the quintet did re-form. In the interim since 1976, Ferguson had enjoyed a successful solo career including the Top Ten hit "Thunder Island" and was moving into film soundtrack work; Andes had joined Heart; and Locke had joined Nazareth. Nevertheless, they reunited with California and Cassidy to make a live-in-the-studio recording at the A&M Soundstage in Hollywood that included re-recordings of old Spirit favorites and a few new songs. The album was shopped around and eventually sold to Mercury, which released it in March 1984 in the U.K. under the title The Thirteenth Dream. It appeared that summer in the U.S. renamed Spirit of '84, and the band played a few dates on the West Coast to promote it, but their various commitments made the reunion short-lived. California and Cassidy then recruited keyboard player Scott Monahan and bass player Dave Waterbury and continued to tour into 1985. That spring, California released his third solo album, Restless, again only in Europe, and toured the continent under his own name to promote it. But by late summer, Spirit was again on the road as part of a package tour of '60s acts raising money for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in a lineup that included California, Cassidy, and Ferguson, along with bassist Freeman James and keyboardist Michael Lewis.

California and Cassidy continued to lead configurations of Spirit over the next few years. After California participated in I.R.S. Records' Night of the Guitar tour, the label signed Spirit for a new album, and Rapture in the Chambers appeared in April 1989 with California, Cassidy, and Locke listed as the bandmembers and Mark Andes, who played bass on two cuts, credited as a guest artist. A year later, Spirit released another new album, Tent of Miracles, on its own Dolphin label with a lineup consisting of California, Cassidy, and Mike Nile. By now, the band had become an established U.S. club act that also undertook yearly tours of Europe. In July 1991, Epic/Legacy released the two-disc retrospective Time Circle (1968-1972), and two months later, Spirit issued its own complementary collection, Chronicles (1967-1992), consisting of previously unreleased recordings, on its own W.E.R.C. C.R.E.W. Records label. In October, the original lineup of California, Cassidy, Ferguson, Andes, and Locke played two concerts opening for the Doobie Brothers, their first appearances together in seven years and the last time that the group was reunited. But California and Cassidy continued to lead other configurations as Spirit for the next five years, releasing Live at La Paloma in 1995 and completing California Blues in 1996. On January 2, 1997, California was swimming with his family off the coast of Molokai, HI, when he and his 12-year-old son Quinn were caught in a riptide. California succeeded in pushing his son to shore, but he was swept out to sea, and his body was never recovered.

Randy California's death meant the end of Spirit, of course, although the indefatigable Cassidy, by now in his seventies, toured with a band called Spirit Revisited. Music journalist Mick Skidmore, while working on a Spirit biography, began to assemble collections of unreleased recordings from California's extensive archives, which were issued in the first decade of the 21st century. These included Cosmic Smile (2000) (on the Phoenix Rising label, produced by Bruce Gary, with liner notes by Skidmore), Sea Dream (2002), Blues from the Soul (2003), Live from the Time Coast (2004), Son of America (2005), The Original Potato Land (2006), Salvation...the Spirit of '74 (2007), and Rock and Roll Planet: 1977-1979 (2008), the last seven put out by the British Acadia label. Meanwhile, Sundazed Records released LPs containing outtakes from Spirit's Ode/Epic discs, Now or Anywhere and Eventide, in 2000, before issuing Model Shop in 2005. Ode/Epic/Legacy had reissued Spirit, The Family That Plays Together, Clear, and Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, each with bonus tracks, in 1996, and Mercury had California compile the two-disc The Mercury Years just before his death. ~ William Ruhlmann
full bio

Selected Discography


Track List: Feedback

1. Chelsea Girls

2. Cadillac Cowboys

3. Puesta Del Scam

4. Ripe And Ready

5. Darkness

6. Earthshaker

7. Mellow Morning

8. Right On Time

9. Trancas Fog-Out

10. Witch


Track List: Rockpalast: West Coast Legends Vol. 3

1. Rockpalast-Intro

2. Rockpalast Jam

3. Mr. Skin

4. Nature's Way

5. Like A Rolling Stone

6. 1984

7. It's All The Same

8. I Got A Line On You

9. All Along The Watchtower

10. Wild Thing

11. Downer (Tampa Jam)

12. If I Miss This Train / Rockpalast Jam


Track List: The Family That Plays Together/Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus

1. I Got A Line On You

2. It Shall Be

3. Poor Richard

4. Silky Sam

5. Drunkard

6. Darlin' If

7. It's All The Same

8. Jewish

9. Dream Within A Dream

10. She Smiles

11. Aren't You Glad

12. Nothin' To Hide

13. Nature's Way

14. Animal Zoo

15. Love Has Found A Way

16. Why Can't I Be Free

17. Mr. Skin

18. Space Chile

19. When I Touch You

20. Street Worm

21. Life Has Just Begun

22. Morning Will Come

23. Soldier


Track List: Model Shop

1. The Moving Van

2. Mellow Fellow

3. New Or Anywhere

4. Fog

5. Green Gorilla

6. Model Shop I

7. Model Shop II (Clear)

8. The Rehearsal Theme

9. Song For Lola

10. Eventide

11. Coral

12. Aren't You Glad


Track List: Blues From The Soul

Disc 1

1. Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond

2. Wagon Of Wood

4. Key To The Highway

5. When You're Smilin'

7. Ever Since You Left Me

8. Kansas City

10. Pick A Bale Of Cotton

11. Run Sinner Run

12. Cosmic Smile (Aka The Other Song)

14. Jimi's Back

15. Red House

16. Kokomo

17. Devine Love

18. When The Saints Go Marchin' In

19. Like A Dog

20. Lord I'll Be With You Always

21. I Had A Dream

Disc 2

1. The Letter

2. Ain't Superstitious

3. Ever Since You Left Me (Maui Wowie)

4. Poor Boy

5. Cold Rainy Night

6. California Blues

7. Sugar Mama

8. Charlie James

9. Shattered Dreams

10. Kokocass Jam

11. Dreamy Eyes

13. Down And Dirty Blues

14. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream


Track List: Cosmic Smile

1. Shake My Ego Down

2. Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree

3. Compromise

4. No Time To Pretend

5. Close To You

6. Mean And Beautiful

7. One By One

8. Fire

9. Wave

10. Love From The Heart

11. I Had A Dream

12. River Of Love

13. Break My Back

14. Cosmic Smile

15. Can't Sit Down (Livin' On Love)


Track List: The Mercury Years

Disc 1

1. Jack Bond

2. America The Beautiful/The Times They Are A Changin'

3. Victim Of Society

4. Lady Of The Lakes

5. Tampa Jam (Part 1)

6. My Road

7. Sunrise

8. Uranita

9. Maunaloa / What Do I Have

10. Feeling In Time

11. Happy

12. Walking The Dog

13. Tampa Jam (Part 2)

14. Joker On The Run

15. When?

16. Like A Rolling Stone

17. Veruska

18. Once Again

19. Tampa Jam (Part 3)

20. Thank You Lord

21. Guide Me

22. Hey Joe

Disc 2

1. Farther Along

2. Atomic Boogie

3. World Eat World Dog

4. Don't Lock Up Your Door

5. Colossus

6. Phoebe

7. Mega Star

8. Once With You

9. Diamond Spirit

10. Stoney Night

11. Pineapple

12. Looking Into Darkness

13. Holy Man

14. Would You Believe

15. Detroit City

16. Cirlce

17. The Other Song

18. Yesterday

19. Family

20. Maybe You'll Find

21. Magic Fairy Princess

22. Gorn Attack

23. Stars Are Love

24. It's Time Now

25. Green Black Dollar


Track List: I Got A Line On You

1. I Got A Line On You

2. It Shall Be

3. I'm Truckin'

4. So Little Time To Fly

5. Aren't You Glad

6. 1984

7. Nature's Way

8. Uncle Jack

9. Fresh Garbage

10. Prelude- Nothin' To Hide


Track List: Time Circle (1968-1972)

Disc 1

1. Fresh-Garbage

2. Uncle Jack

3. Mechanical World

4. Taurus

5. Girl In Your Eye

6. Straight Arrow

7. Topanga Windows

8. Gramophone Man

9. The Great Canyon Fire In General

10. I Got A Line On You

11. It Shall Be

12. Poor Richard

13. Silky Sam

14. Sherozode

15. It's All The Same

16. Dream Within A Dream

17. Aren't You Glad

18. Eventide

19. Model Shop Theme (The Moving Van)

20. Green Gorilla

21. The Rehearsal Theme

Disc 2

1. Fog

2. Now Or Anywhere

3. Dark Eyed Woman

4. So Little Time To Fly

5. Ground Hog

6. Ice

7. I'm Truckin'

8. New Dope In Town

9. 1984

10. Sweet Stella Baby

11. Nothin' To Hide

12. Nature's Way

13. Animal Zoo

14. Love Has Found A Way

15. Why Can't I Be Free

16. Mr. Skin

17. When I Touch You

18. Street Worm

19. Morning Will Come

20. Turn To The Right


Track List: The Best Of Spirit

1. 1984

2. Mechanical World

3. Nature's Way

4. Animal Zoo

5. Fresh Garbage

6. I Got A Line On You

7. Nothin' To Hide

8. Uncle Jack

9. Morning Will Come

10. Dark Eyed Woman

11. Mr. Skin

12. Silky Sam

13. Aren't You Glad

14. I'm Truckin'

15. So Little Time To Fly

16. Taurus


Track List: Feedback (Bonus Track)

1. Chelsea Girls

2. Cadillac Cowboys

3. Puesta Del Scam

4. Ripe And Ready

5. Darkness

7. Mellow Morning

8. Right On Time

9. Trancas Fog-Out

10. Witch


Track List: Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus

1. Prelude - Nothin' To Hide

2. Nature's Way

3. Animal Zoo

4. Love Has Found A Way

5. Why Can't I Be Free

6. Mr. Skin

7. Space Child

8. When I Touch You

9. Street Worm

10. Life Has Just Begun

11. Morning Will Come

12. Soldier

13. Rougher Road (Mono)

14. Animal Zoo (Mono Single Version)

15. Morning Will Come (Alternate Mono Mix)

16. Red Light Roll On


Track List: Clear Spirit

1. Dark Eyed Woman

2. Apple Orchard

3. So Little Time To Fly

4. Ground Hog

5. Cold Wind

6. Policeman's Ball

7. Ice

8. Give A Life, Take A Life

9. I'm Truckin'

10. Clear

11. Caught

12. New Dope In Town

13. 1984

14. Sweet Stella Baby

15. Fuller Brush Man

16. Coral


Track List: Spirit

1. Fresh-Garbage

2. Uncle Jack

3. Mechanical World

4. Taurus

5. Girl In Your Eye

6. Straight Arrow

7. Topanga Windows

8. Gramophone Man

9. Water Woman

10. The Great Canyon Fire In General

11. Elijah

12. Veruska

13. Free Spirit

14. If I Had A Woman

15. Elijah (Alternate Take)


Track List: The Family That Plays Together

1. I Got A Line On You

2. It Shall Be

3. Poor Richard

4. Silky Sam

5. Drunkard

6. Darlin' If

7. It's All The Same

8. Jewish

9. Dream Within A Dream

10. She Smiles

11. Aren't You Glad

12. Fog

13. So Little To Say

14. Mellow Fellow

15. Now Or Anywhere

16. Space Chile


Report as inappropriate
Saw them at the south hall of the convention center @ Las Vegas as a teen . It was great, that's all I remember; we all got pretty f***ed up for the shows... but yeah, Dr. Sardonicus had to be their best., an all time fave.
Report as inappropriate
Never liked Spirit but 'Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus' has to be one of the great album titles of all time. t always reminds me of a film I loved/was terrified by as a kid--Mr. Sardonicus, who's face was frozen into a hideous grin--must have been a metaphor for something, but I can't remember anymore.
Report as inappropriate
I saw Spirit on the 12 Dreams tour in 1971?. It was my first concert. was about 13 and they absolutely blew my mind. The drummer had a bald head and a huge 360 degree drum kit, both of which fascinated me. I've never forgotten that show.
Report as inappropriate
The appeal was filed, but I've seen nothing further. The Zep jerks could have avoided all this wasted expensive attorney time by just settling all the way in the beginning. A modest transfer would simply have helped the estate which merely gives needy students instruments. That would have been the decent thing to do.
Report as inappropriate
Heard they did file an appeal. My question why there is now statute of limitations on this. 45 years is a long time to wait. I've also heard that the alleged plagurized progression has been around for at least 300 years and maybe 1000. The rip off of when the levee breaks is more to the point
Report as inappropriate
brightnessfa l l s 0 5
Saw them with Mother Earth and Rhinoceros. Please recognize the lyrics in many of their best songs dealt with warnings of earths inevitable payback for our destruction of the environment. They were at the very forefront of the environmenta l movement and should be recognized for that. Thank you SPIRIT
Report as inappropriate
mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
Report as inappropriate
Why did Spirit's legal counsel not object to the inability to hear both songs so the jury could hear for themselves. instead they settled for presenting sheet music that's what sunk them. I heard a snipit of both tunes but could not conclude. I'd like to see the right thing done in this case. U can't deny Zepplin is talented so don't write him off just yet. Spirit u should file an appeal.
Report as inappropriate
I got spirit. I hope you do too. Zep is no friend o mine
Report as inappropriate
So Led Zeppelin won the court case, and Randy's estate will not get any money nor Randy a writing credit on Stairway to Heaven. Too bad. And Plant and Page lied about never having heard any Spirit music- Zep opened for Spirit in 1968 and 1969. Remind me to never buy any more Zep material.
Report as inappropriate
Mr. Skin , love that song, sounds just like Jo Jo Gunne, who were somewhat popular in So. Cal in 73-74
Report as inappropriate
michaelrocks 6 8
Name a band with that range of ages, 16 to 44.
Report as inappropriate
Seen him in small club in ny myfriend turned me on to them they were great every time they played my I was there 76/82
Report as inappropriate
Randy califofornia . Awesom. Guitar
Report as inappropriate
Quinn still had Randy's Fender Strat and home recording equipment... s u p e r smart kid, great student also
Report as inappropriate
I also knew Mark Andes, met him in early 90's, super-nice guy...he was having a fling on the side with Nancy Wilson
Report as inappropriate
I taught guitar to Quinn in the late 90's just after the tragic accident...g r e a t kid, ditto for his mother Mary Wolfe
Report as inappropriate
Masterful music. Taurus by Spirit influenced Stairway to Heaven (#1 Voted All time Rock Song). This about says it all! I can listed to Spirit over and over again tirelessly.. . t h e y were that good.
Report as inappropriate
When I was 11 my brother put on prelude, ,we got nothing to hide and the Bruins were on T.V So I turned the volume down on the game. Just when nothing to hide kicks in and the Bruins skating! That was awesome!
Report as inappropriate
I saw Spirit in the early 70's - they opened for some great group that I do not remember.. They were so much better than the headline group which I do not remember. Everyone was yelling for an encore from Spirit, not the headline band. www.maxforma l . c o m since 1953
Report as inappropriate
Randy should have been a star, with his 1985 Restless album. Too bad the record company went bankrupt. So much quality writing- listen to all those albums from the archive.
Report as inappropriate
How about some fresh garbage
Report as inappropriate
Worked with them at Golden Bear Huntington Beach 1969 numerous times sound and lights. Returned to Hawaii 1970. So sad Randy drowned. Great band.
Report as inappropriate
Play, i got a line on you, plz
Report as inappropriate
Excellent All-American band ! 12 Dreams….. a pure classic ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
brightnessfa l l s 0 5
Saw them in Baltimore with Mother Earth, Rhinoceros and Nazz. A great concert with maybe 300 in attendance. The great early days. Spirit entered with Fresh Garbage and kicked it ! Tracy Nelson stole my heart kickin her boots to the tune Mother Earth singing Mother Earth is waiting for you there's a debt you've got to pay !
Prophetic yes??? Few listened. Now we pay in spades.
Report as inappropriate
Jay Ferguson Randy California some of the greatest talent n rock music 1984 the man is watching
Report as inappropriate
Such great talent never saw them n concert my lost american music at its best
Report as inappropriate
Spirit-Randy had played with Hendrix/Cass i d y was a jazz legend.Bassi s t Andes played on original Monster Mash song -Dr. Sardonicas was a masterpeice. So many musicians from that era recognize Spirit as a leading band with impressive credentials and musicianship .
Report as inappropriate
Spirit- underated/ proto-type prog rockers, influenced many bands with 7 years after the break up, they still have a strong following.
Report as inappropriate
This is in reply to susane355's question posed, 14 comments below : I was there in the late summer of 75 at the Firefall - Jo Jo Gunne - Spirit concert at the Santa monica Civic when Neil Young sashayed his way on stage strumming Cinnamon Girl and was pushed from the mike by Randy California. Mr. Skin peacefully diffused the situation and Neil and Spirit completed a memorable rendition of Cinnamon Girl to the applause of everyone in attendance. .......Keep Rockin' In The Free World!
Report as inappropriate
I hung out in venice beach a lot, one day around sunset we saw the group standin in the water and a dude taking pictures of the band, soon to be a cover a small crowd gathered and after about a hour the shoot was over and we started goofing off and smoking and hanging out with the band, had one hella good time getting stoned and hanging out, the next night we saw the boys jam at a club in santa monica, randy waved at us! and said groovy we showed up!! after the show we had a couple of beers.
Report as inappropriate
For about ten years, I thought 'Nature's Way' was done by Yes. I was like, damn, is Yes ever gonna put out another quality tune like 'Nature's Way?' Then around 1981 I found out the truth. heh
Report as inappropriate
Such à great 70s band jo jo gunne
Report as inappropriate
Natures way was a great song. Can't believe nobody mentioned it!Smitty
Report as inappropriate
why doesn't pandora have future games? that's the best one!
Report as inappropriate
Knockin' on your door-
Will you let it come? -
Will you let it run your life? -

Someone will be waiting for you at your door
When you get home tonight -
Ah yes, he's gonna tell you darkness gives you much more
Than you get from the light -

Classic plastic guards well they're your special friend -
He sees you every night -
Well he call himself the brother but you know it's no game
You're never out of his sight -
Sounds like life in 2014 under the corrupt and leftist Obama adminstratio n

Report as inappropriate
Personally, I think this was Spirit's best album.
Report as inappropriate
A couple of my friends were on acid and listening to 12 Dreams. They went and checked themselves into a hospital from the hallucinatio n s that the music induced. Now that's an album from 70's !
Report as inappropriate
maybe a little ahead of their time?
Report as inappropriate
Where is Future Games? I don't see it on Pandora.
Report as inappropriate
johnnyohania n
sounds like music from the Chalie Brown cartoons of the 1960's
Report as inappropriate
Randy California & Spirit----gr e a t and unique group of the times! The world's a can for your fresh garbage.
Report as inappropriate
Much to fat and a little too long!
Report as inappropriate
I saw spirit at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in the 70's. Neil Young came onstage to join Randy C. at the mike; Randy pushed Neil away; Ed Cass Cassidy stepped down from the drums and put his arms around both men ... Anyone else there?
Report as inappropriate
Ed will be missed - nothin cooler than seeing a late 40's guy rocking out with twentysometh i n g s . . .
Report as inappropriate
RIP Ed Cassidy
Report as inappropriate
Seems like only yesterday their first album SPIRIT debuted---ha r d to imagine it was way back in '68 when we were all jamming out to it----best of times, music and youth.
Report as inappropriate
if it weren't for my dad I would have never heard of spirit!! Thank's dad
Report as inappropriate
Spirit is still one of my all-time favorite bands. Lauen was underappreci a t e d . The 12 Dreams album still tranports me to another dimension. Get it and listen to it all the way through many times.
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email:

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[99, 112, 124, 85, 126, 113, 73, 88, 85, 117, 92, 114, 112, 77, 110, 123, 88, 109, 72, 126, 92, 120, 86, 101, 74, 119, 126, 85, 67, 87, 127, 96, 116, 105, 96, 126, 122, 114, 88, 67, 77, 99, 98, 90, 103, 116, 95, 85, 85, 123, 125, 104, 98, 83, 85, 99, 74, 121, 71, 70, 97, 77, 85, 97, 100, 98, 88, 121, 121, 126, 102, 78, 92, 120, 108, 116, 89, 82, 80, 75, 109, 88, 94, 112, 82, 78, 92, 95, 99, 93, 114, 91, 71, 119, 111, 96, 82, 120, 81, 77, 91, 73, 84, 81, 113, 100, 68, 96, 77, 81, 93, 117, 71, 82, 76, 70, 88, 75, 77, 92, 77, 71, 81, 101, 97, 83, 121, 78, 72, 112, 69, 91, 99, 75, 70, 73, 125, 96, 108, 106, 95, 66, 119, 117, 78, 127, 105, 72, 74, 72, 96, 96, 115, 81, 65, 88, 127, 127, 88, 75, 106, 119, 72, 125, 88, 68, 96, 100, 122, 120, 92, 108, 108, 74, 80, 120, 98, 108, 85, 90, 119, 65, 115, 114, 79, 113, 66, 112, 93, 72, 73, 104, 69, 104, 70, 111, 124, 92, 111, 82, 110, 70, 64, 100, 68, 96, 66, 93, 77, 104, 121, 78, 68, 119, 87, 102, 85, 114, 87, 93, 85, 123, 88, 92, 94, 124, 84, 103, 103, 70, 110, 116, 118, 64, 65, 96, 93, 110, 84, 100, 66, 127, 97, 75, 75, 77, 79, 82, 105, 126, 79, 86, 78, 119, 119, 83, 115, 70, 110, 117, 108, 121, 119, 73, 124, 114, 80, 86, 77, 114, 117, 69, 89, 92, 103, 83, 83, 79, 70, 93, 93, 111, 82, 101, 79, 79, 112, 117, 122, 85, 70, 79, 105, 109, 82, 120, 68, 78, 74, 89, 120, 76, 93, 77, 97, 88, 113, 124, 66, 70, 113, 115, 82, 74, 95, 98, 85, 99, 114, 69, 75, 95, 69, 106, 102, 110, 111, 99, 95, 110, 72, 121, 88, 72, 98, 101, 98, 102, 122, 77, 102, 121, 115, 79, 74, 108, 72, 104, 73, 77, 120, 113, 75, 92, 88, 122, 83, 115, 120, 74, 111, 99, 91, 123, 109, 90, 108, 92, 66, 65, 112, 80, 64, 127, 102, 115, 102, 97, 92, 118, 124, 70, 90, 65, 127, 96, 118, 64, 93, 81, 93, 125, 94, 117, 108, 67, 69, 80, 104, 89, 81, 100, 94, 69, 95, 117, 101, 106, 86, 127, 92, 74, 64, 94, 95, 123, 108, 100, 105, 72, 102, 101, 102, 97, 90, 125, 67, 78, 119, 118, 83, 90, 118, 68, 108, 72, 127, 77, 64, 66, 114, 91, 81, 99, 72, 103, 78, 90, 85, 91, 85, 103, 72, 99, 74, 121, 71, 100, 124, 104, 107, 120, 65, 82, 78, 104, 103, 90, 123, 66, 111, 78, 74, 65, 108, 76, 106, 123, 121, 65, 127, 104, 68, 112, 67, 95, 76, 84, 125, 124, 95, 104, 90, 111, 71, 86, 101, 108, 100, 98, 126, 93, 107, 93, 87, 84, 87, 65, 93, 117, 65, 70]