Spirit tempered its ravenous passion for jazz, high-voltage rock, folk, blues and avant garde electronics, hammered it like a slab of hot steel and shaped a glistering original sound that no one's been able to duplicate. It's a good thing this eclectically brilliant Los Angeles combo, Jay Ferguson, Randy California, John Locke, Mark And's and Ed 'Cass' Cassidy, always cut more material than it could use. Welcome to Now Or Anywhere and Eventide, two soundtracks for the mind, 20 songs, unreleased at the time, that flow as if they were always meant to be. Enthusiastically endorsed by the four surviving members of Spirit, Now Or Anywhere and Eventide emphasize the moody and ethereal, and smolder like phosphorous.
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Spirit - Model Shop LP
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    SPIRIT -- THE GROUNDBREAKING L.A. COMBO EQUALLY swayed by moody jazz and Hendrix-style rock 'n' roll--was born to record movie soundtracks. Unfortunately, they cut only one, for the seldom-seen 1969 Jacques Demy film Model Shop, but what a triumph it is: a magical blend of John Locke's eerie keyboards, the soaring guitar of Randy California and Jay Ferguson's impassioned vocals and percussion, backed by the rock-steady bass and drums of Mark Andes and Ed Cassidy. It's mindboggling that...

    Spirit - Spirit MONO Edition LP
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      Originally named after Khalil Gibran's book Spirits Rebellious, Spirit came together in Los Angeles in 1967. Randy California (guitar/vocals), Jay Ferguson (vocals/percussion) and Mark Andes (bass) had played together in a band named The Red Roosters and prior to that, California was a member of Jimmy James and the Blue Fames in 1966, led by future guitar deity Jimi Hendrix. After adding John Locke (keyboards) and California's stepfather, jazz veteran Ed Cassidy (drums), the band began writing...

      Spirit - The Family That Plays Together LP
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        Building on the momentum of their audacious debut, Spirit's The Family That Plays Together proved that they would not be victims of the sophomore slump. Stretching beyond the psychedelic environs of that first LP, the second disc found them flexing their musical muscles and expanding their palette. Led by the #25 hit, "I Got a Line on You," the album explores a wide range of styles, all within the framework of a tight-knit quintet. Guitarist Randy California dazzles throughout, often double...

        Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus LP
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          Although they never achieved the commercial superstardom that was often predicted for them, Spirit remains one of the most revered and influential musical forces of the late 1960s. Perhaps more than any American band, Spirit embodied the era's adventurous eclecticism and creative ambition. Combining the experimental attitude of psychedelia with jazz, blues, R&B, folk and classical elements, Spirit's original lineup burned briefly but brightly to produce some of the most distinctive music of...