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Spirit - 1984

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Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012

Spirit recorded the song California had written called "1984". It looked at first as though it would be the group's biggest hit yet. After being released in February 1970, it placed at No. 69 on the Billboard charts.

Besides the producer leaving Epic and some distribution problems that may have resulted in lack of sales, It has also been said that there was a tip sheet distributed to radio stations outlining the song's supposed political and social views, and opining that it might not be appropriate for air play. The song would finally see general release on The Best of Spirit in 1973.

Randy California and Spirit were aware of the way things were going and simply wrote a song based on the book, 1984. The result was no radio airplay, or at least it was discouraged enough to stop it from being a major hit and to slow down the bands success at the height of their creativity.

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