I Got a Line on You

Composed by Randy California

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While preparing material for Spirit's sophomore album, The Family That Plays Together, someone mentioned to guitarist Randy California that the band needed that sure-fire "radio hit." Whether California took that advice to heart or if the muse simply struck at the right time, the band ended up with their only real Top 30 hit. Driven by a fabulously funky guitar riff and some very accessible lyrics, the song is a rock classic from beginning to end. It's also one of the few Spirit recordings where California temporary abandoned his trademark multi-track guitar orchestrations, and his magnificent solo comes across with a vague Tex-Mex feel. Underlying all of this is Spirit's finely executed harmonies, a talent that the band is rarely recognized for.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Family That Plays Together 1968 Legacy
The Best of Spirit 1973 Epic 2:40
The Thirteenth Dream 1984 Mercury 7:34
Freedom Rock 1987
Various Artists
Sessions Records
Classic Rock: 1969 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:42
Time Circle (1968-1972) 1991 Epic/Legacy 2:47
Electric Sixties 1993
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 2:40
I Got a Line on You 1995 Sony Music Distribution 2:41
Live at La Paloma 1995 C.R.E.W. 3:11
Woodstock Memories 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:23
Electrifying 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:46
Golden Age of Underground Radio, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:37
Easyriders, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:48
Champions of Rock-n-Roll, Vol. 2: Stud Rock - Rock Me 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:47
Guitar Rock: Power Classics 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 2:50
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:40
Rock'n Roll Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:46
Live at the Rainbow 1978 2000 Past & Present Records
Millennium Rock Hits 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:40
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Realm Records 2:40
Rock Hits of the 60's 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:40
Autofocus 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sanctuary 2:48
60's Pop Hits 2002
Various Artists
Immediate / Sony Music Distribution 2:48
Woodstock Generation [Sony Box] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia 2:42
No Image 2004 MSI Music Distribution / Epic 2:41
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:39
Music from the Vietnam War Years, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:49
Live from the Time Coast 2004 Acadia 3:43
On the Road 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Future Games/Spirit of '84 2005 Beat Goes On 7:35
Dock Rock Presents: Classic Rock Weekend 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:51
Salvation...The Spirit of '74 2007 Acadia / Evangeline (UK) 3:09
Hard 'N' Heavy [Immortal] 2008
Various Artists
Immortal 4:11
The Family That Plays Together/Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus 2008 Raven 2:36
Rock and Roll Planet: 1977-1979 2008 Acadia / Acadia Records (UK) 3:49
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:40
Rockpalast: West Coast Legends, Vol. 3 [DVD] 2009 SPV
Rockpalast: West Coast Legends, Vol. 3 2009 SPV 3:35
Pure... Guitar Heroes 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:41
Pure... Psychedelic Rock 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:41
Two Sides of a Rainbow 2012 Floating World / Voiceprint 3:16
Lou Adler: A Musical History 2014
Various Artists
Ace 2:42
The Box Set Series: Classic Rock 2014
Various Artists
Legacy 2:41
100 Hits: Peace & Love
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel
At Ebbets Field, 1974 Good Ship Funke 3:30
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Ultimate... Rock
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:40
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