Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bob Irwin talks about Ed Cassidy
As you may not know, Ed Cassidy, the bald headed drummer of Spirit passed away Wed at age 89. I recall seeing Spirit play in Arizona in 1986 outdoors in may have been the most quietest concert I ever went to, I know Randy California played guitar and sang the hits back then. Cassidy had the biggest drum set that I have ever seen.
Nevertheless he played in jazz bands and in The Rising Sons with Taj Mahal before putting together Spirit with California with Jay Ferguson and Mark Andes and their albums vary in quality, their best remains The 12 Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus to which came after they broke up, David Briggs putting the album together. Cassidy along with John Locke got new members to join up and California would return later when Spirit signed up with Mercury Records in around 1974. The Spirit of 84 reunited the original band and while reviews weren't go great I liked the record just fine. Last time I paid attention was 1988's Rapture In The Chambers which had a minor hit with Hard Love.
After Randy California's sad passing, Cassidy played in a surf band before retiring. Bob Irwin, who compiled the Time Circle Best of spoke of the passing of Ed Cassidy.