SPIRIT with Randy California Vinyl LP Albums Gallery

Spirit was an American jazz/hard rock/progressive rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California.

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On the discography listing below you will find SPIRIT with Randy California vinyl records released during the 1970s and 1980s. For each record you will have the record companie's catalognr, album title, year and country of release. Complete information for each record can be viewed by selecting the corresponding links. Albums have been ordered in ascending alphabetical order of the album titles.

SPIRIT Band Information:

The SPIRIT rock group was an American rock band that formed in 1967 in Los Angeles, California. The band was comprised of Jay Ferguson (vocals, keyboards), Randy California (guitar, vocals) , Mark Andes (bass), Ed Cassidy (drums) , and John Locke (keyboards). The band's unique blend of psychedelic rock, blues, and jazz influences set them apart from their contemporaries and helped them achieve a loyal following.

The band's self-titled debut album, released in 1968, included the hit single "Mechanical World," which reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album also featured the classic track "Fresh Garbage," which became a staple of the band's live performances. The band's second album, "The Family That Plays Together," was released later that year and featured the hit single "I Got a Line on You," which peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1969, the band released their third album, "Clear," which included the tracks "Dark Eyed Woman" and "1984." The album showcased the band's experimental side and was well-received by critics. That same year, the band also performed at the Woodstock festival, where they delivered a powerful performance that further solidified their reputation as one of the premier live acts of the era.

The band's fourth album, "Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus," was released in 1970 and is considered by many to be their masterpiece. The album featured the hit single "Nature's Way," as well as the tracks "Animal Zoo" and "Mr. Skin." The album's imaginative lyrics and eclectic musical styles helped it achieve critical acclaim and cemented the band's place in rock history.

Despite their success, the band experienced several lineup changes over the years. Locke left the band in 1972, and California departed in 1973 to form his own band, "Spirit of '76." The band continued to release albums throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, but they were unable to replicate the success of their early years.

In 1996, California tragically drowned while saving his son from a rip current in Hawaii. Despite this loss, the band continued to perform and record, with Andes and Cassidy being the only remaining original members. The band released their final album, "California Blues," in 1998 before officially disbanding.

The SPIRIT rock group's legacy continues to live on, with their innovative music inspiring countless artists across multiple genres. The band's unique blend of rock, blues, and jazz influences, along with their poetic lyrics and innovative musical styles, helped them achieve critical acclaim and secure their place in rock history. Their influence can be heard in the music of countless artists, and their enduring legacy serves as a testament to their talent and creativity.

SPIRIT Selected Vinyl Records & Album Cover Gallery
SPIRIT - The Family That Plays Together 12" Vinyl LP
SPIRIT - The Family That Plays Together  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1968, Spirit's second album, "The Family That Plays Together," stands as a testament to the band's innovative fusion of psychedelic rock, jazz, and blues. This groundbreaking record solidified Spirit's unique sound and cemented their place as one of the most experimental and forward-thinking bands

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SPIRIT - Feedback 12" Vinyl LP
SPIRIT - Feedback album front cover vinyl record

The 1972 SPIRIT - Feedback with Gatefold album civer is an original USA pressing of a 12" LP vinyl album released by the band Spirit. This album is known for its unique gatefold cover design and features a collection of songs that showcase the band's diverse musical style.

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SPIRIT - S/T Self-Titled Ode Records 12" Vinyl LP
SPIRIT - S/T Self-Titled Ode Records  album front cover vinyl record

Emerging in the music scene of 1968, Spirit's eponymous debut album captured the zeitgeist of the psychedelic era with its groundbreaking musical exploration and controversial themes. Produced by the legendary Lou Adler and recorded at the renowned Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood

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SPIRIT - Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus 12" Vinyl LP
SPIRIT - Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus  album front cover vinyl record

Released in 1970 amidst a backdrop of growing environmental awareness and social unrest, Spirit's fourth album, "Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus," emerged as a visionary work that blended psychedelic rock with ecological themes and sonic experimentation.

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