Spirit's debut unveiled a band that seemed determine to out-eclecticize everybody else on the California psychedelic scene, with its melange of rock, jazz, blues, folk-rock, and even a bit of classical and Indian music. Teenaged Randy California immediately established a signature sound with his humming, sustain-heavy tone; middle-aged drummer Ed Cassidy gave the group unusual versatility; and the songs tackled unusual lyrical themes, like "Fresh Garbage" and "Mechanical World." As is often the case in such hybrids, the sum fell somewhat short of the parts; they could play more styles than almost any other group, but couldn't play (or, more crucially, write) as well as the top acts in any given one of those styles. There's some interesting stuff here, nonetheless; "Uncle Jack" shows some solid psych-pop instincts, and it sounds like Led Zeppelin lifted the opening guitar lines of "Taurus" for their own much more famous "Stairway to Heaven."
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Performance CreditsSpirit Primary Artist
Randy California Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jay Ferguson Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Andes Bass,Vocals,Track Performer,Group Member
Ed Cassidy Percussion,Drums,Group Member
John Locke Keyboards,Group Member
Technical CreditsRandy California Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jay Ferguson Composer
Lou Adler Producer
Mark Andes Composer
Ed Cassidy Composer
John Locke Composer
Guy Webster Cover Photo
Bob Irwin Producer
Tom Wilkes Art Direction
Jay Thompson Insert Photography
Nicholas Bennett Packaging Manager
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The way I heard it (and I am a native Californian who remembers this debut album) was Spirit gave Led Zeppelin the song because Randy California couldn't think of how to finish it and it was sitting there unfinished. So LZ used it to open their song and the rest is history.