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Uncle Jack - Spirit [California] - 1968

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Uploaded on Mar 20, 2011

Uncle Jack - Spirit [California] - 1968 - "A POWERFUL psychedelic rocker." - Spirit (Sony)-1996.

NOTE: It's a colorful observation of a character that is told with a slightly acid-magnified fondness. The track also was a great vehicle for Randy California's progressive blend of hard rock multiple electric guitar overdubs.

The Original lineup on their first four albums (1968-1970):
Randy California: Lead guitar, some vocals.
Jay Ferguson: Lead vocals, percussion.
Mark Andes: Bass.
Ed Cassidy: Drums.
John Locke: Keyboards.

REVIEW excerpt by Richie Unterberger (allmusic):
"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.""

Gazing on the seaweed skies
Falling down before your eyes
He can show you (show you)

Have you met my Uncle Jack?
Have you met my Uncle Jack?
Wonder what you're all about
He can bring the inside out
He can show you (show you)
So many lives to live I heard him say
But some people live to give themselves away
To find peace of mind, waiting where they can't get it

Standing there, he's so deceiving
Has he been or is he leaving
Looking in his sea green eyes
Uncle Jack will tell no lies
Can you see it?

An excellent guitar interlude (Randy California) and drum work by Ed Cassidy (Randy's step-father) who was voted the 2nd best drummer of all time.

So many lives to live I heard him say
But some people live to give themselves away
To find peace of mind, waiting where they can't get it

Have you met my Uncle Jack?
I want to take you in hand
Let you see and you will understand
I can show you.

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