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After being signed to CBS Records in early 1968, the band scored a hit with the opening track from their eponymous album (1968), "Race With The Devil". Issued as a single in October 1968, it reached the top 10 in its native UK, #35 on the Australian Singles Chart and no #1 in many UK territories (Go-Set) in March 1969. Jimi Hendrix quoted the song's riff during his song "Machine Gun" at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.  "Race With The Devil" has been covered by Judas Priest (on the remastered CD version of Sin After Sin), Black Oak Arkansas (on their album Race With The Devil), Girlschool (on their album Demolition), and Church of Misery (on their 1996 demo, released as a split album with Acrimony, and on their full-length LP Vol. 1).
Their debut album's cover is noteworthy as it was the first by Roger Dean. Allmusic describes it as having a "distinctive psych-flavored proto-metal" sound. Their second album, Gunsight was released in 1969.
Despite releasing a number of other singles, and an attempt by their record label to identify them with the underground counter-culture, the band had no further hits. The Gurvitz brothers, after a short time working separately, formed Three Man Army in 1971, and between 1974 and 1976 became the Baker Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker, the former drummer for Cream in the line-up.