Saturday, January 25, 2014

Randy California - Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds (1972 us fantastic hendrixian psychedelic rock - Flac)


This album was recorded and released following Randy California's departure from Spirit. Spirit's fourth LP, Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, reached the charts but took an inordinate amount of time to receive attention (the album would eventually be certified gold by the RIAA in 1976). As a result, Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes departed Spirit to form Jo Jo Gunne with Andes' brother Matt (whose slide guitar work had previously appeared in "Prelude: Nothin' To Hide" on the Sardonicus album) and drummer Curly Smith.
Following the departure of Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes in early 1971, Spirit recruited John Arliss (and later John Fine) on bass and resumed playing live shows in March 1971". Randy California, however, was also growing disenchanted in Spirit and left the band in July 1971, along with bassist John Fine. They were replaced by brothers Al and John Staehely (on bass and guitar, respectively), and Spirit went on to record the Feedback album without Randy.
Randy spent much of his time afterwards in jam sessions with various musicians in Topanga Canyon clubs, particularly a club known as The Corral. Some of the musicians who appeared in these jam sessions, along with Noel Redding (under the pseudonym 'Clit McTorius'), Leslie Sampson (the drummer from Noel's band Road, under the pseudonym 'Henry Manchovitz') and Ed Cassidy (as 'Cass Strange'), would end up working with Randy when he started recording solo material in 1972. The resulting album featured numerous covers of the works of contemporary acts such at the Beatles and James Brown, with less emphasis upon original material by Randy. The album was also heavily influenced by the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1970, who had been friends with Randy since they played together in Jimmy James and the Blue Flames.(From Wikipedia)

Tracklist
01 Downer (Randy California) 5:36
02 Devil (Randy California) 4:13
03 I Don't Want Nobody (James Brown) 4:25
04 Day Tripper (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 3:00
05 Mother and Child Reunion  (Paul Simon)  2:51
06 Things Yet to Come  (V. Phillips, Lenny Lee)  8:12
07 Rain  (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)  8:38
08 Rainbow  (Randy California)  3:31
09 Walkin' the Dog (Rufus Thomas)  3:01
10 Live for the Day (Randy California)  3:23
11 Rebel (Randy California)  4:21


Credits
Randy California – vocals, guitar, waterbass (credited on the track "Rainbow"), producer
Charlie Bundy – bass
Ed Cassidy (credited as 'Cass Strange') - drums
Roger Dollarhide – engineer
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight – bass
Tim McGovern - drums
Noel Redding (credited as 'Clit McTorius') - bass
Leslie Sampson (credited as 'Henry Manchovitz') - drums
Janet Wolfe - background vocals
Robin Wolfe - background vocals  

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one of those recordings that just won't go away. I first saw it in a local record shop the day it arrived. I was a huge Spirit fan but passed on it because of the number of covers - I've never much cared for covers. In the past 40 years this record has popped up in my life more times than I care to remember. Today, on the strength of your phrase "fantastic hendrixian psychedelic rock" - a description I've not come across before - the time has come to give it a listen! Many thanks, Silverado.

-Brian

Anonymous said...

I bought this when it first came out.
Worth it for "Downer" alone!

To me, this is more in the spirit of Jimi than pretty much anything i've heard since.

After all, Randy did have a connection with Jimi as a bit of a protege at a young age.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks

Anonymous said...

thank you i have seen that cover in what seems like decades... oh it it has been.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for Randy California. Any chance you have Doors in Dallas 1970-12-11?

goinsidemyhead said...

simply a great album by a virtually unknown monstrously talented guitar crazy person...put this on every cover track destroys except a mildly irritating Day Tripper that doesn't get better with repeated listening....anyways along with Darby Slick's solo stuff these are legends that are fading slowly in the sunset kept alive by blogs like this but for how long children....for how long they send me