Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dig into your spirit

It's been a while since I've dug up some gold from the past. In my dire hunt through modern music, I often forget to stop and listen to the classics like Zeppelin, Cream, or even lesser-known, new finds, such as Spirit.

Spirit was a California group brought together by Mr. Randy California (such an original name).  While they've flown well under my own radar (which basically means my father's radar) in fact, various configurations of the Spirit lineup played with Hendrix, Taj Mahal and Zeppelin.  They played together on and off through the 60s, 70s and 80s, however had a number of break ups and reunions due to big egos and the usual rock n roll bullshit.

What I care about is the fantastic sound.  Like so many 60s and 70s era bands, Spirit found a perfect way of blending jazz with hard rock, prog and blues.  It must have been the acid.  Every time I rediscover a band like this, I really think that I was born in the wrong decade.

-Tonight I wanna get up to no good