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Favorite Obscure Records: Spirit “Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus”

The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Spirit: Twelve of Dr. Sardonicus (1970)

The Band:
Randy California – Guitar, Vocals
Mark Andes – Bass, Vocals
Ed Cassidy – Drums, Percussion
Jay Ferguson – Vocals, Percussion
John Locke – Keyboards

Tracklist
1. Prelude – Nothin’ To Hide
2. Nature’s Way
3. Animal Zoo
4. Love Has Found a Way
5. Why Can’t I Be Free?
6. Mr. Skin
7. Space Child
8. When I Touch You
9. Street Worm
10. Life Has Just Begun
11. Morning Will Come
12. Soldier

When I was introduced to this record, through hearing my older brother cranking it on his stereo, the first thing that struck me was the incredible vocal harmonies. As I got deeper into listening I was captivated by Randy California’s blazing guitar work. According to legend, Jimi Hendrix gave Randy his last name and reportedly wanted him to join his band. (Now that’s what I call guitar cred!)

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