Ed Cassidy, famed drummer of rock legends Spirit, passed away in San Jose, Calif. on December 6 of undisclosed causes at the age of 89. Before he came to national attention with the quirky Los Angeles combo, Cassidy cut his teeth with jazz icons Roland Kirk, Art Pepper and Gerry Mulligan. In 1964, Cassidy formed a landmark rock band with singer Taj Mahal and guitarist Ry Cooder called the Rising Sons. By 1965, he’d moved on to forge the Red Roosters with his stepson, guitarist Randy California, singer Jay Ferguson and bassist Mark Andes. When they added keyboard whiz John Locke in 1967, they changed their name to Spirit and set the L.A. scene on fire with a series of “out there” jazz/folk/rock-inspired hits for Lou Adler’s Ode label that included “I’ve Got A Line On You, Babe,” and “Fresh Garbage.” Long before it became fashionable, Cassidy completely shaved his head and adopted the nickname “Mr. Skin.” Sundazed has always been thrilled to participate in the long-standing preservation of the catalogue of Spirit and will sadly miss a member of its extended family.
See the full listing of Spirit titles on Sundazed here.
Ed Cassidy on drums performing with Spirit.
Sundazed once again leads the pack with a menu of limited-edition collectibles that are on-beyond rare. This tempting swag will be available only at your local record store on Black Friday, November 23, 2012.
You know how this “limited edition” thing works. Once they’re all sold, they’re gone baby, gone. The only place you can pick up this glorious loot is at your “local” in VERY limited quantities.
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At a time when the Rolling Stones were forbidden from singing about spending the night together on national television, the Velvet Underground was crafting songs about such taboo subjects as illegal drugs, sadomasochism and black angels of death. And that was just on their debut. Throughout their first three albums, VU continued to challenge societal norms through their lyrics and rock music itself through their unorthodox instrumental approach. Their sound was theirs alone, which proved to be an obstacle when it came to sales. The majority of popular music fans simply weren’t ready for the bleakly beautiful vision of VU. But for those who were, this LP trilogy was a clarion call, drawing together the outsiders who felt disenfranchised and unfulfilled by Top Forty fodder. Like time release capsules, these LPs became catalysts for change as they spread from city to city and were consumed by adventurous listeners. Bands formed, scenes coalesced and new musical paths emerged which would eventually branch off into punk, alternative, indie and more. Take a sample from any underground music genre and you’re likely to find VU DNA pulsing through its core.
As the alternative scene grew, so did the legend of the Velvet Underground. However, with relatively few of the original LPs in circulation, finding them could be difficult and, as a result, more people had probably heard OF the band than had actually heard their music. The emergence of compact discs in the mid-80s, along with a groundswell of VU-influenced bands singing their praises, finally got their music into wider distribution. Yet, for vinyl enthusiasts who longed to place those precious albums on their turntables, that thrill remained elusive.
Until now. With tremendous pride, Sundazed presents The Velvet Underground: The MGM/Verve Albums. This beautiful, deluxe boxed set gathers the rare mono versions of the band’s first three studio albums along with the superior mono version of Nico’s Chelsea Girl and a definitive edition of the band’s unfinished fourth album! Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin, this collection is an essential purchase for the discerning vinyl devotee. For all tomorrow’s parties, this is your soundtrack.
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Here are two shots of Oscar Hamod and the Majestics performing at the Highland Fest in Highland, Indiana on June 30.
Check out Oscar and the Majestics on Sundazed HERE
Protect your favorite 7″ records with these quality white paper sleeves. 100 sleeves for only $8.00! Get them here!