Shiva's Headband became the House Band of the Vulcan Gas Company after the Conqueroo. Shiva’s Headband was formed in 1966 around violinist Spencer Perskin and his wife Susan. The band started its own label – Armadillo Records – to release singles but Capitol “discovered” them and signed the group in 1970. From there, they released Take Me to the Mountains which was recorded at the Grateful Dead’s studio in San Jose. When it was released later in 1970, it was the first appearance by an Austin-based rock band on a major label.
After a highly successful summer in '69 Shiva's obtained the above-mentioned contract with Capitol Records and then proceeded to fall apart in the wake of an internal feud. Take Me to the Mountains was made but it did not feature the personnel who had built the reputation of the band. Notably missing from the sessions were Bob Tom Reid and Jerry Barnett, the heart of the rhythm section. The record was a great disappointment to their fans but the band would continue for a few more years, always featuring Perskin with various lineups.