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Spirit

"Spirit" was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Their 1970 album ''Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus'' is highly regarded for originality and is considered by many to be one of the best albums made by a Los Angeles group. Likewise, the other three albums that were made by the original line-up are highly regarded by critics.

The original lineup of the group was Randy California (guitars, vocals), Jay Ferguson (vocals, percussion), Mark Andes (bass), California's stepfather, drummer Ed Cassidy, and keyboard player John Locke. The new band was originally named the "Spirits Rebellious" (after a book by Khalil Gibran) but was soon shortened simply to Spirit. All but Locke had been part of the band The Red Roosters in 1965. California (then still known by his birth name of Randy Wolfe) had also played with Jimi Hendrix (then known as Jimmy James) in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames for three months in 1966.

Ed Cassidy is notable as one of the most accomplished drummers in rock and was instantly recognizable by his shaven head and proclivity to wear black. He was considerably older than the rest of the group (bo...

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