Randy California

Shattered Dreams

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This is a grab-bag of songs California has played for some time, though they are presented here in new recordings. There is "Downer," which first appeared on California's debut solo album, Kapt. Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds; "Shattered Dreams" and "Hand Guns" were on his second solo album, Euro-American; and "Hey Joe" and "All Along the Watchtower" are covers closely associated with California's mentor, Jimi Hendrix. California hews to a guitar-drenched rock sound, and the only distinction between his solo work and the music he credits to Spirit is the backup personnel. Even that is violated here, as original Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy appears on the first two tracks, and original Spirit keyboard man John Locke and replacement Spirit bassist Larry Knight are on the second. By whatever name, California remains a talented Hendrix-steeped guitarist who has never quite succeeded as a frontman.

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