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I Got a Line on You

SpiritSpring has officially sprung (though it did snow the other day here in Wisconsin) and the forecast for the weekend hints that I may get to drop the ragtop tomorrow (with a jacket and the heater at the ready). So, my thoughts on this Music Friday drift to the tracks that used to make up my "Road Mix" tape (then CD and now Playlist). You know...those songs that are just made for cruisin' with the top down.

Spirit's "I Got a Line on You" was one of those tracks that has always been a staple. Storming out of Los Angeles, the band produced a solid catalog of progressive music, with the occasional radio-friendly hit thrown in. More importantly, Spirit springboarded the careers of bassist Mark Andes (Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall and Heart) and Jay Ferguson (Jo Jo and a solo career that spawned the hit "Thunder Island" and a personal fave, "I Come Alive").

The band reunited for a concert in 1984 and invited a veritable "Who's Who" to join them: Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers & Steely Dan), Bob Welch, Joe Lala (Blues Image), Howard Leese (Heart and Bad Company) Neal Doughty and Alan Gratzer (REO) and several others.

While my "Mix Tape" will always feature the original, you gotta love how much fun these guys are having with a true rock classic, "I Got a Line on You."

Bill Geist

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