In 1966, Jimi Hendrix was the front man in a group called Jimmy James and The Blue Flames. In that group were a couple of guys named Randy-- Randy Wolfe from California and the other Randy from Texas. To distinguish the two of them Hendrix dubbed them Randy California and Randy Texas respectively.
When Hendrix was invited to England, Randy's parents didn't allow him to go with, and thus Randy California missed out on what became The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Most of us know what happened to Jimi... And listening to the music of singer, songwriter, guitarist Randy California, it's quite obvious that in his short time working with Hendrix Randy was heavily influenced by Jimi.
In 1967 California started the band Spirit which charted 10 albums between 1967 and 1976. In 1971 Randy left Spirit to pursue a solo career (although he would return to various incarnations of the band throughout the rest of his life).
Kaptain Kopter and the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds was Randy's first stab at a solo career. And while the album shows Randy's talents on guitar and even on Hendrix-esque vocals, it's quite evident that he's not much of a frontman. Where his work with Spirit was more jazz-influenced, his solo work shows more of a hard rock/acid rock edge and thus shows much more prominently the influence Hendrix had on Randy several years before.
Kaptain Kopter is an exceptional album and Randy shines throughout and even does an impressive cover of the Beatles Day Tripper. From start to finish the album is an interesting encapsulation of where acid rock was in the early seventies and remains one of the great overlooked/obscure albums of that decade.