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Family That Plays Together

SpiritAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMWL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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1. I Got a Line on You
2. It Shall Be
3. Poor Richard
4. Silky Sam
5. Drunkard
6. Darlin' If
7. It's All the Same
8. Jewish
9. Dream Within a Dream
10. She Smiles
11. Aren't You Glad
12. Fog [*]
13. So Little to Say [#][*]
14. Mellow Fellow [#][*]
15. Now or Anywhere [*]
16. Space Child [#][*]

Editorial Reviews

"Family" as in Randy California and his godfather, drummer Ed Cassidy! Includes the hit I Got a Line on You plus four bonus tracks, three unissued!

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great April 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
From 1968, "The Family That Plays Together Stays Together" marked the first major breakthrough for Spirit, one of the late 60's most underrated (and still is) bands. On it, their mix of fuzzed jazz psychedelia that was introduced on their self-titled lp, sounds tighter and better than any of their material to that point. The surprise top 25 hit "I Got a Line On You" b/w "She Smiled" began an ecclectic collection of tunes, ranging from the gorgeous Jay Ferguson (lead singer) penned "Silky Sam" and "A Dream Within a Dream," to organist John Locke's wonderfully jazzed up "Space Chile," to guitarist Randy California and drummer (and stepfather to Randy) Ed Cassidy's funny "It's All the Same."
The results are breathtaking, and very much unlike the rest of the psychedelia made during that period. With Spirit, one gets an intelligently and professionally made lp that takes on all genres of music- jazz, blues, strings, as well as rock n roll. Spirit made music by their own rules- and it worked.
Hard core fans of the late 60's sound know full well who Spirit were. Budding guitarists should listen to Randy California for influence, as should drummers to Ed Cassidy. Those who like surprises with their music will also enjoy this lp. While their best lp, the amazing "12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus," was a few years away, "The Family the Plays Together Stays Together" is a wonderful listen and a great introduction to this most wonderfully unusual L.A. band.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I should've tried Spirit much earlier May 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
OK, so I've been aware of this band for ages. After all, turn on the classic FM rock dial and you're bound to hear "I Got a Line On You" or "Nature's Way". It's only now that I bought any of their albums. I have acquire The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, and this one, The Family That Plays Together.

The Family That Plays Together was their second album and gave Spirit their first wide exposure, because the album's opening song was none other than "I Got a Line On You", which became a hit for them. This band is odd for one having one member a generation older than the rest. The band featured guitarist Randy California, who was at that point 17 years old, and drummer Ed Cassidy, who was his stepdad (married to his mother), and around 20 years or so older than the rest of the band. Most other people Ed Cassidy's age were more likely to yell at their kids to "Turn off that noise" (like when they're listening to the Beatles), but in Randy California's case, that was different, Ed Cassidy encouraged his music habit and both helped form a band. Of course, lets not forget the rest of the band: Jay Ferguson, John Locke, and Mark Christopher-Andes. Most other people Ed Cassidy's age were more into Lawrence Welk and Bing Crosby and thought rock and roll, like of the Beatles (or Spirit for that matter) was the downfall of civilization.

There is so much more to this album than just "I Got a Line On You". "It Shall Be" is a wonderful, atmospheric number with John Locke giving us some electric piano, and nice use of orcestrations. There are some more rocking passages as well with horns. "Silky Sam" is another one of those mellow orchestrated pieces, with the unexpectedly dissonant passage in the middle (much like what many prog rock bands a few years later would be doing).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best psychedelic jazz rock album ever. October 29, 2004
By madhu m
Format:Audio CD
for long i was sure that credential should go to either 12 dreams of doctor sardonicus by spirit, or forever changes by love - but over time, i have come to the conclusion that this particular little gem takes that title.

despite the very radio friendly, "i got a line on you", the family that plays together is slightly inaccesseible, a lot of the structures and melodies take a little time to get used to. but they grab you at the first go. this is a must buy for experienced rock lovers, who appreciate good music. definitely not recommended for people who think bon jovi is the greatest rock star of all time, or that bruce springsteen is the boss.

this is an album for connoisseurs who know how to appreciate music. a work of sublime beauty and genius.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My brother Randy California February 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I would like to correct some misinformation in the amazon review of this album.............Randy at the age of 17 yrs old wrote and SANG "I Got A Line On You' printed that Jay furgeson sang on it .....just wanted to keep it straight.............Janet Wolfe
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best October 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums I bought because of a song on the radio. Their hit, "I've Got a Line on You" did it for me. I was quite surprised at the rest of the album and Randy California's riffing still gives me shudders. I am amazed but at the same time not entirely surprised they did not get any bigger than they did (they sounded too good). At least they made most of the rock history books as a minor note.
To me this is their best album. I loved Dr. Sardonicus and the other one with "Dark Eyed Woman" on it (can't remember the name). But one album I missed somewhere was the one with 1984 on it. I love that song!
This album is polished but at the same time a little raw which is more to my taste and that is why I hold it above their other albums.
I've tried to keep track of the band over the years and have lately lost track of them all except for Randy (RIP).
A great album. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Check this cd out
My late cousin Patty M. Of Redondo Beach turned me onto Spirit. It was the 12 Dreams album.. Where I grew up on the Navy Base at China Lake, Ca. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Baer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
Got it early and sounds as expected.
Published 1 month ago by John Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Not as good as I remember from the 70's. Oh well.
Published 2 months ago by Doctor Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great classic. Keyboardist Jay Ferguson formed Jo Jo Gunne ...
Ahhh Spirit! One of the most under-rated band of the early '70's. Don't miss "12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus". Another great classic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Travelall70
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband's review
Here in Western Mass not every member of the so-called youth culture back then had long hair, dropped a lot of acid, or lived in a commune. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mechanical World and Fresh Garbage I got a line
This is a wonderful concept album to have in your collection. Turn it up and rock out on it. You will love it.
Published 8 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine band.
This is the best of all there albums. I glad it is on DVD. I have the LP. Worth big bucks.
Published 17 months ago by William R. Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Addictive
Randy California. Are there only a handful of guitarists so stylistically unique that you hear 3 seconds and you know exactly who it is playing that instrument? Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel C. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars ...together does not always stay together
Spirit moved away from the pop and jazz themes of their first album in this, their second LP. The Family That Plays Together was tinged with more rock, classical, folk, and lyrical... Read more
Published 20 months ago by likes good books, music, movies
4.0 out of 5 stars Join the Spirit
This is an interesting mix of Music. It plays well in listening through the CD. The album is full of interesting songs, and sediments. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Don Peters
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