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Jefferson Airplane - Journey (The Best Of)

CD: Jefferson Airplane - The best of Jefferson Airplane [1967-1974]
track 21 name altered to be correct YEAR: 1996

01. Embryonic Journey [1967] [0:01:56.63]
02. High Flyin' Bird [1974] [0:02:35.10]
03. It's No Secret [1966] [0:02:40.45]
04. Come Up The Years [1966] [0:02:33.12]
05. Somebody To Love [1967] [0:03:00.35]
06. Blues From An Airplane [1966] [0:02:12.13]
07. White Rabbit [1967] [0:02:34.20]
08. Plastic Fantastic Lover [1967] [0:02:39.57]
09. Aerie (Gang Of Eagles) [1972] [0:03:51.73]
10. The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil [1967] [0:04:38.00]
11. Crown Of Creation [1968] [0:02:56.40]
12. Lather [1968] [0:02:58.35]
13. The Last Wall Of The Castle [1967] [0:02:42.32]
14. Greasy Heart [1968] [0:03:24.53]
15. Volunteers [1969] [0:02:10.30]
16. When The Earth Moves Again [1973] [0:03:56.10]
17. Triad [1969] [0:04:58.20]
18. We Can Be Together [1969] [0:05:51.00]
19. Wooden Ships [1969] [0:06:25.42]
20. Milk Train (Live) [1973] [0:03:31.58]
21. Have You Seen The Saucers (Live) [1974] [0:04:11.50]


by William Ruhlmann

Jefferson Airplane was the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups of
the 1960s to achieve national recognition. Although the Grateful Dead ultimately
proved more long-lived and popular, Jefferson Airplane defined the San Francisco
sound in the 1960s, with the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the
soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, scoring hit singles and
looking out from the covers of national magazines. They epitomized the drug-
taking hippie ethos as well as the left-wing, antiwar political movement of
their time, and their history was one of controversy along with hit records.
Their personal interactions mirrored those times; the group was a collective
with shifting alliances, in which leaders emerged and retreated. But for all the
turmoil, Jefferson Airplane was remarkably productive between 1965 and 1972.
They toured regularly, being the only band to play at all the major '60s rock
festivals -- Monterey, Woodstock, even Altamont -- and they released seven
studio albums, five of which went gold, plus two live LPs and a million-selling
hits collection that chronicled their eight chart singles. Rather than formally
breaking up, they mutated into other configurations, Hot Tuna and Jefferson
Starship, and went on to further success in the 1970s and '80s, before reuniting
for an album and tour in 1989.

The initial idea for the group that became Jefferson Airplane came from 23-year
-old Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, OH, January 30,
1942), a San Francisco-raised singer who had recorded unsuccessfully for
Challenge Records in 1962 and been a member of a folk group called the Town
Criers in 1963-1964. With the Beatles-led British Invasion of 1964, Balin saw
the merging of folk with rock in early 1965 and decided to form a group to play
the hybrid style as well as open a club for the group to play in. He interested
three investors in converting a pizza restaurant on Fillmore Street into a 100-
seat venue called the Matrix, and he began picking potential bandmembers from
among the musicians at a folk club called the Drinking Gourd. His first recruit
was rhythm guitarist/singer Paul Kantner (born Paul Lorin Kantner in San
Francisco, CA, March 17, 1941), who in turn recommended lead guitarist/singer
Jorma Kaukonen (born Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen in Washington, D.C., December 23,
1940). Balin, who possessed a keening tenor, wanted a complementary powerful
female voice for the group and found it in Signe Toly (born Signe Ann Toly in
Seattle, WA, September 15, 1941). The six-piece band was completed by bass
player Bob Harvey and drummer Jerry Peloquin. The group's unusual name was
suggested by Kaukonen, who had once jokingly been dubbed "Blind Thomas Jefferson
Airplane" by a friend in reference to the blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Jefferson Airplane made their debut at the Matrix on August 13, 1965, and began
performing at the club regularly. They attracted favorable press attention,
which -- at a time when folk-rock performers like Sonny & Cher, We Five, Bob
Dylan, the Byrds, the Beau Brummels, and the Turtles were all over the charts --
led to record company interest. By September, Jefferson Airplane was being wooed
by several labels. At the same time, the band was already undergoing changes.
Peloquin was fired and replaced by Skip Spence (born Alexander Lee Spence, Jr.
in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on April 18, 1946; died in Santa Cruz, CA, April
16, 1999). Spence considered himself a guitarist, not a drummer, but he had some
drumming experience. Also in September, Signe Toly married Jerry Anderson, who
handled lights at the Matrix, becoming known as Signe Anderson. In October,
Harvey was fired and replaced by Jack Casady (born John William Casady in
Washington, D.C., April 13, 1944), a friend of Kaukonen's. On November 15, 1965,
this lineup -- Balin, Kantner, Anderson, Kaukonen, Spence, and Casady -- signed
to RCA Victor Records. They had their first recording session in Los Angeles on
December 16, and RCA released their debut single, Balin's composition "It's No
Secret," in February 1966; it did not chart. Meanwhile, Jefferson Airplane began
to appear at more prestigious venues in San Francisco and even to tour outside
the Bay Area. In May 1966, Anderson gave birth to a daughter, and caring for the
child while performing with the band became a challenge. Meanwhile, Spence
became increasingly unreliable as his appetite for drugs increased, and he was
replaced in June by session drummer Spencer Dryden (born Spencer Dryden Wheeler
in New York, April 7, 1938; died in Petaluma, CA, January 11, 2005). Spence went
on to form the band Moby Grape.

Following a second non-charting single, Balin and Kantner's "Come Up the Years,"
in July, Jefferson Airplane released their debut LP, Jefferson Airplane Takes
Off, on August 15, 1966, just over a year after the band's debut. The album had
modest sales, peaking at only number 128 during 11 weeks on the Billboard chart.
(A third single, Balin and Kantner's "Bringing Me Down," was released from the
album, but did not chart.) At this point, Anderson's commitment to her family
caused her departure from the group. Jefferson Airplane was able to find a
strong replacement for her in Grace Slick (born Grace Barnett Wing in or near
Chicago, IL, October 30, 1939), the lead singer for the San Francisco rock band
the Great Society, which happened to be in the process of breaking up at the
same time. Slick joined Jefferson Airplane in mid-October 1966, and by the end
of the month was with them in the recording studio. She brought with her two
songs from the Great Society repertoire: the rock tune "Somebody to Love,"
written by her brother-in-law Darby Slick, the Great Society's guitarist, and
her own composition, the ballad "White Rabbit," set to a bolero tempo, which
used imagery from Alice in Wonderland to discuss the impact of psychedelic
drugs. Both songs were recorded for Jefferson Airplane's second album,
Surrealistic Pillow.

RCA did not release either of them as the advance single from the album, opting
instead for the departed Spence's "My Best Friend" in January 1967; it became
the group's fourth single to miss the charts. Surrealistic Pillow followed in
February. It debuted in the charts the last week of March, and its progress was
speeded by the release of "Somebody to Love," the first Jefferson Airplane
single to feature Grace Slick as lead vocalist. By early May, both the album and
single were in the Top 40 of their respective charts; a month later, both were
in the Top Ten. With that, RCA released "White Rabbit" as a single, and it too
reached the Top Ten. Surrealistic Pillow became Jefferson Airplane's first gold
album in July.

Meanwhile, the band, which, naturally, had attracted national media attention
(much of it focusing on Slick's photogenic looks), began recording a new album
and continued to tour. On June 17, 1967, they performed at the Monterey
International Pop Festival, which was celebrated for introducing many of the new
San Francisco rock bands (as well as the Jimi Hendrix Experience) and launching
the "Summer of Love" that the season was touted to be in 1967. Jefferson
Airplane's performance was filmed and recorded. Two songs from their show, "High
Flying Bird" and "Today," were featured in the documentary film Monterey Pop,
released in 1968. The concert recording was heavily bootlegged and over the
years has turned up on numerous gray-market releases as well.

The nature of Jefferson Airplane's commercial breakthrough, and the nature of
the band itself, restricted their commercial appeal thereafter. AM Top 40 radio,
in particular, became wary of a group that had scored a hit with a song widely
derided for its drug references, and Jefferson Airplane never again enjoyed the
kind of widespread radio support they would have needed to score more Top Ten
hits. At the same time, the group did not think of itself as a hitmaking
machine, and its recordings were becoming more adventurous. Kantner's "The
Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil," the band's new single released in August,
featured him as lead singer with Slick and Balin harmonizing. It reached number
42 on the strength of the band's prominence, but they never again crossed the
halfway mark in the Hot 100. At the same time, the rise of FM radio, attracted
to longer cuts and the kind of experimental work the group was starting to do,
gave them a new way of exposing their music. Nevertheless, their third album,
After Bathing at Baxter's, its songs arranged into lengthy suites, was not as
successful as Surrealistic Pillow when it appeared on November 27, 1967,
reaching the Top 20 but failing to go gold. Also notable was the diminished
participation of Marty Balin, who co-wrote only one song, and now was being
marginalized in the group he had founded.

After Kantner's "Watch Her Ride," released as a single from After Bathing at
Baxter's, stalled at number 61, RCA released a new Jefferson Airplane single
written and sung by Slick in the spring of 1968. But radio was even more
resistant, and "Greasy Heart" stopped at number 98. It was included in the
band's fourth album, Crown of Creation, released in August. The title track got
to number 64 as a single, and the LP, which featured more concise, less
experimental tracks than After Bathing at Baxter's, marked a resurgence in the
group's commercial success, reaching the Top Ten and eventually going gold.
Jefferson Airplane's live appeal was chronicled on the concert album Bless Its
Pointed Little Head, released in February 1969. In August, the group appeared at
the Woodstock festival, and it was featured on the million-selling triple-LP
soundtrack album to the resulting film in 1970, though it did not appear
onscreen in the version initially released. The band's fifth studio album,
Volunteers, appeared in October 1969 as its title song became a minor singles
chart entry. Volunteers stopped short of the Top Ten, but it went gold in three
months. On December 6, 1969, the band played at the Rolling Stones' disastrous
Altamont free concert in California, its performance (complete with Balin's
beating at the hands of Hell's Angels) captured in the 1970 documentary film
Gimme Shelter.

Jefferson Airplane released one more single, the non-charting marijuana anthem
"Mexico," in 1970 in its familiar configuration, but the turn of the 1970s
brought great changes in the group. Already, Kaukonen and Casady, with assorted
sidemen, had begun to play separately as Hot Tuna while maintaining their
membership in Jefferson Airplane; they had recorded shows the previous September
for a self-titled debut album issued in May 1970. Spencer Dryden was fired early
in the year and replaced by drummer Joey Covington (born Joseph Michno in
Johnston, PA, in 1945). At shows performed in October 1970, violinist Papa John
Creach, who had been performing with Hot Tuna, first played with Jefferson
Airplane. Creach (born John Henry Creach in Beaver Falls, PA, May 18, 1917; died
February 22, 1994) was a journeyman musician decades older than any of the other
members of Jefferson Airplane, and his recruitment was evidence of the ways in
which the band's approach was changing. An even more radical change was the
departure of Marty Balin, who left the band at the end of the fall tour in
November. (His resignation was formally announced in April 1971.)

Jefferson Airplane did not have a new album ready for release in 1970, and RCA
filled the gap with a compilation, sarcastically dubbed The Worst of Jefferson
Airplane and released in November. The album went gold quickly and was later
certified platinum. Issued on its heels was Paul Kantner's debut solo album,
Blows Against the Empire, featuring most of the members of Jefferson Airplane as
well as various other musical friends. Due to that long list of sidemen and the
album's science fiction theme about a group of hippies hijacking a spaceship,
Kantner co-billed the disc to "Jefferson Starship." As yet, there was no such
entity, but Kantner would use the name for a real band later.

Having completed their recording commitment to RCA, Jefferson Airplane shopped
for a new label, but was wooed back when RCA offered them their own imprint,
Grunt Records. Grunt bowed with the release of the sixth Jefferson Airplane
studio album, Bark, in August 1971. The album stopped just short of the Top Ten
and quickly went gold. Covington, Casady, and Kaukonen's "Pretty as You Feel,"
later issued as a single, gave the band its final placing in the Hot 100 at
number 60 early in 1972. Grunt issued albums by bandmembers including Creach and
Hot Tuna, as well as discs by friends, but Jefferson Airplane remained its most
successful act.

In the early '70s, the members of Jefferson Airplane became increasingly
preoccupied by their side projects. Hot Tuna, having issued a second live album,
First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, in the spring of 1971, put out their first studio
effort, Burgers, in February 1972. Kantner and Slick, who had become a couple
and had a child, China Kantner (who went on to be an MTV VJ in her teens),
issued a duo album, Sunfighter, in December 1971. In April 1972, Covington left
the band and was replaced by veteran drummer John Barbata (born in Passaic, NJ,
April 1, 1945), formerly a member of the Turtles and a backup musician for
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The group then recorded its seventh studio album,
Long John Silver, which was issued in the summer of 1972. It reached the Top 20
and went gold within six months. For the accompanying tour, they added
singer/multi-instrumentalist David Freiberg (born in Boston, MA, August 24,
1938), formerly a member of the San Francisco rock band Quicksilver Messenger
Service, to provide the male lead vocals formerly sung by Balin. The tour
concluded at the Winterland ballroom in San Francisco on September 22, 1972, in
effect marking the end of Jefferson Airplane, although no formal announcement
was ever made. Kaukonen and Casady went back to performing as Hot Tuna. Kantner,
Slick, and Freiberg recorded a trio album, Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun,
issued in the spring of 1973 and featuring the rest of Jefferson Airplane as
side musicians. Slick's debut solo album, Manhole, issued in early 1974, also
featured many of the same performers. Kantner and Slick then organized a new
band along the same lines as Jefferson Airplane, but without Kaukonen and
Casady, and called it Jefferson Starship. Meanwhile, a second Jefferson Airplane
live album drawn from the 1972 tour, Thirty Seconds Over Winterland, was issued
in the spring of 1973. Early Flight, a collection of stray tracks, appeared in
the spring of 1974. Grunt issued the compilation Flight Log (1966-1976) at the
start of 1977, filling the two LPs with tracks by Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson
Starship, and various other spinoff acts. 2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology,
named after the address of a house owned by the band in the 1960s, was a two-
disc set released in 1987. All of these albums sold well enough to reach the

The various members of Jefferson Airplane went through various solo efforts and
group affiliations in the 1970s and '80s, plus considerable litigation with an
old manager and each other. This was all cleared up by the late '80s, however,
and in 1989 Kantner, Slick, Kaukonen, and Casady (who, with manager Bill
Thompson, still owned the rights to use the name Jefferson Airplane) brought in
Balin (who had sold out his share in the group in 1971) and reunited as
Jefferson Airplane for a tour and album. The tour, which ran from August 18 to
October 7, was well received; the album, Jefferson Airplane, released by Epic
Records, was only a modest success. After that, the band again became inactive.
Slick retired. Kaukonen and Casady resumed performing as Hot Tuna. Kantner
eventually resurrected the Jefferson Starship name, sometimes including Balin
and even occasionally Slick, and playing Jefferson Airplane songs. RCA continued
to release archival recordings, its most interesting issues being the 1992 box
set Jefferson Airplane Loves You and the 1998 concert recording Live at the
Fillmore East.


Embryonic Journey by Matthew Greenwald

Jorma Kaukonen's first solo original contribution to Jefferson Airplane's
songbook, "Embryonic Journey" is an acoustic guitar instrumental that truly
defies classification. An amalgamation of ideas, it starts off as a simple,
warm, descending folk melody. However, Kaukonen changes gears (while still
keeping the subtle feeling of the melody) dramatically with some classical
overtones that bring the song to an elegant close. Kaukonen's gorgeous
modulation at the end of the song shows true compositional genius at work.
Overall, it added a feeling and a mood to the second side of the Airplane's
Surrealistic Pillow album, and it's irreplaceable.


High Flyin' Bird by Matthew Greenwald

One of the songs that graced the Jefferson Airplane's repertoire, "High Flyin'
Bird" had been a folk-rock coffeehouse staple since the early '60s. A minor-key
folk ballad with strong blues roots, "High Flyin' Bird" is a downcast song about
being tied down, by human consciousness in general. Pretty heavy for the early
'60s, when it was written by folk journeyman Billy Wheeler. The song has been
recorded by numerous artists, namely the Au Go-Go Singers (featuring a very
young Stephen Stills). But the Airplane's version, where Marty Balin, Grace
Slick, and Paul Kantner each take a verse, is probably the most definitive.


It's No Secret by Matthew Greenwald

The pilot single from Jefferson Airplane's debut album, "It's No Secret" is a
very strong slice of mid-'60s pop/rock. Originally intended for Otis Redding to
record, this soul-inflected ballad is built on some classic pop chord changes.
However, Balin's love of soul music comes through loud and clear during the
bridge, with its syncopated melody that recalls "Respect." Although originally
recorded on the Airplane's debut album in 1966 with excellent results, the band
continued to keep it in their live sets through the years, and one of the best
versions is included on their fine 1968 live album, Bless Its Pointed Little


Come Up the Years
by Matthew Greenwald

After the Airplane material became so abstract and political in the latter
years, listening again to this ode to a young man's dilemma becomes an eye-
opening experience. It stands as testimony to what their early craft was all
about. "Come Up the Years," from their first album, Takes Off, has all the
necessary ingredients to remind the listener what a great band the Airplane was
from its beginning. Its precision lyrics and a pleasant light folk-rock melody
help to bring to life this sad story of a young man that has fallen in love with
a much younger, "shouldn't touch," girl -- not unlike the Spoonful's "Younger
Girl," which very well may have inspired this composition. The story is told by
the emotion-fueled vocals of Marty Balin, with the formidable Signe Anderson at
his side to add the harmony and vocal punch this song needs.


Somebody to Love by Joe Viglione

Originally titled "Someone To Love" when the former Grace Wing's brother-in-law
and bandmate, Darby Slick of The Great Society, penned it for that band, it
became the break-through hit for the Jefferson Airplane when re-titled "Somebody
To Love" going Top 5 in May of 1967. The opening with Grace Slick's voice
booming an acappella "When the truth is found" is such a great top of the hour
lead-off call to arms that classic rock and oldies radio do just that with it
decades after its initial sojurn at the upper reaches of the charts. Followed in
less than two months by "White Rabbit" the members wouldn't have Top 40 success
again until 8 years later when revitalized as Jefferson Starship Marty Balin's
"Miracles" went Top 3 in September of 1975. "Somebody To Love" with its jangly
guitars and cool San Franciscan sound moves with a pop intensity and urgent
lyric so essential to the vibe of the time. Todd Rundgren wanted to find himself
and Leroy a girlfriend in "We Gotta Get You A Woman" in 1971 and John Cougar
needed "a lover that don't drive" him crazy in 1979, but the purest sentiment
regarding finding a significant other was in this track, a direct admonition:
"You'd better find somebody to love." The Lady Mondegreen or mis heard lyric
here is a major one. In the second verse. The lyric sheet reads "When the garden
flowers ...are dead", but it sounds like sly Grace might be slipping in "When
God and his laws, are dead...". How counterculture. The song

is an essential element of The Jefferson Starship's repertoire, the band
mutating it into a sludgy "Jumpin' Jack Flash" riff closer in the new millenium.
Both latter-day group vocalists Darby Gould and Diana Mangano understand the
majesty and sing the words Grace Slick is known for with reverence. Check out
the 1990's version live from the House Of Blues with a rare guest appearance by
Grace which shows up on the Deep Space/Virgin Sky CD. The hard rock is a far cry
from the manic almost garage band original ...and Slick says "garden flowers"
very clearly in the live rendition.


Blues from an Airplane by Matthew Greenwald

A slightly dark and brooding song, "Blues From an Airplane" was the opening song
on Jefferson Airplane's 1966 debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. It's a
classy way to introduce the band to the public. Built around a murky, minor-key
melody, the sound of the group is that of a darker version of the Lovin'
Spoonful. Lyrically, it's a real young man's blues: "Don't know what to do/and I
don't have you by my side." The sense of modern craft in the group is already
apparent on this song.


White Rabbit by Joe Viglione

From the Surrealistic Pillow album comes this song which, like the word
surrealistic indicates, has "an oddly dreamlike or unreal quality". Few
psychedelic moments can match Grace Slick's trance-like monotone perhaps
inspired by having just read - Lewis Carroll: The Complete Illustrated Works:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found
here. With hypnotic guitar work in the slow-march intro sounding like it was
induced by F.A. Mesmer himself, it's all the more ominous in the harder rocking
version released decades later on the Deep Space/Virgin Sky live reunion CD.
Originally performed with The Great Society, this composition by Grace came
right on the heels of "Somebody To Love" and instantly insured Ms. Slick
superstardom with more Top 40 airplay in 1967 than her famous colleague Janis
Joplin. With well over a hundred cover versions by such diverse acts as punk/new
wavers The Damned, the hard rock Lizzie Borden (no relation to the new wave girl
group produced by Genya Ravan) and, believe it or not, jazz maestro George
Benson, it is Grace and her pharmaceutical prescription advice which is the
definitive rendition and inspired the Keanu Reeves film The Matrix as much as
James Cameron's The Terminator did. When in the movie Morpheus offers Neo the
little red pill or the little blue pill, it is pure Grace Slick opening the door
to wonderland with narcotics. Years later it is amazing the censors didn't put a
stop to it, Janis Ian's "Society's Child" finding more problems with an
interracial love affair than The Jefferson Airplane's window to another world.
It's a classic in the truest sense of the word and always a pause for fun when
it comes on the radio.


Plastic Fantastic Lover by Matthew Greenwald

A song about television? Leave it to Jefferson Airplane to do it. The closing
song on their landmark Surrealistic Pillow album, "Plastic Fantastic Lover" has
its origins in an L.A. hotel room (probably the Tropicana, where the band was
staying at the time). Marty Balin was watching television and thinking about how
so many people were a bit too entranced with the medium. Like a lot of Airplane
songs, it's loaded with a strong sense of low-key sarcasm. Musically, it's a
fine blues-rocker, with a very strong James Brown/ funk influence.


Aerie (Gang of Eagles) by Matthew Greenwald

A somewhat unusual blues-based song from the Grace Slick songbook, "Aerie (Gang
of Eagles)" has a sad, downcast quality to the lyrics, almost like a requiem for
someone. The melody is meandering and tends to have trouble staying in focus.
The slightly depressing and tired quality of the song and arrangement mirrors
the end of the 1960s, and the Airplane's fate as well.


The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil by Matthew Greenwald

One of Jefferson Airplane's most powerful rockers, "Ballad of You and Me and
Pooneil" (a sly reference to Fred Neil, one of Paul Kantner's biggest
influences) is almost a mini-suite. The first section is a strong 1-4-5 chord
progression backed by a 4/4 rhythm. The song abruptly shifts into a psychedelic
folk-rock riff that slides into an instrumental section before returning to the
main 4/4 verses. Lyrically, it's a very loose love song in keeping with the
general atmosphere of the time. It's very visual, and the feeling of color and
vision (or, more accurately, LSD) is paramount. It was released as a single
(just missing the Top 40) in late 1967, and it was the lead track on the
Airplane's After Bathing at Baxter's album. A stunning 11-minute alternate
version can be found on the group's Jefferson Airplane Loves You box set.


Crown of Creation by Matthew Greenwald

Like "She Has Funny Cars," the title song from Jefferson Airplane's excellent
1968 LP Crown of Creation is a snide and direct put-down of traditional American
values as well as the hypocrisy. A powerful folk-inspired melody with some
strident chord changes, the song also has a slight funk flavor, due to Jack
Casady's great bass playing. The song slows to a crawl at the end, with some
excellent lyrics about the power of change. Inspired by science fiction
(especially Theodore Sturgeon's writings), the song fused Kantner's sci-fi and
revolutionary thoughts perfectly.


Lather by Matthew Greenwald

Several of the songs on Jefferson Airplane's 1968 album Crown of Creation are
about change, and "Lather," the first song on this album, sets the tone.
Inspired by Airplane drummer (and Slick's current lover) Spencer Dryden's
impending 30th birthday, Grace Slick's lyric speaks about the loss of innocence
and the confusion and reflection that goes with it. Musically, it's a bit of a
departure for Slick, being a folk-inspired melody, with some excellent classical
feeling as well.


The Last Wall of the Castle by Matthew Greenwald

Sounding not unlike a James Brown song on steroids, "The Last Wall of the
Castle" is one of the Airplane's hardest-rocking songs. The words are sung in an
almost too-fast-to-decipher flow, but the overt illustration of a generation
changing at an alarming rate is apparent. Musically, it's a minor psychedelic
masterpiece, and the incredibly fast tempo drives the melody over the goal line.


Greasy Heart by Matthew Greenwald

When Grace Slick writes a song, it is a very personal experience. So personal
that the material is usually suited for only her voice. "Greasy Heart" is a good
example. Written during the After Bathing at Baxter's period, and perhaps better
suited to that album than Crown Of Creation, it is a perfect period piece that
still comes alive today. The lyrics are a jumble of intelligent-sounding random
thoughts and put-downs to a lover -- something that Slick was an expert at. It
also makes social comments on everything from commercialism to drugs and sex.
The music is classic Airplane, loud, fast, in and out, and all over the musical


Volunteers by Matthew Greenwald

Although on the surface this song is one of the most revolutionary and
reactionary Jefferson Airplane songs, "Volunteers" has some relatively innocent
origins. Apparently, Marty Balin was awoke one morning by a loud garbage truck
that was making its rounds outside the Airplane's communal house, bearing the
title "Volunteers for America," and, thus, the title and hook were born.
Musically, it is very similar to the lead track from the album of the same name,
which was based on a bluegrass riff that was suggested to Paul Kantner by David
Crosby. It's a heavy rocker, and one of the Airplane's finest -- and easily most
underrated -- singles. The studio version (with Nicky Hopkins on piano) is
definitive, but there is also an excellent live version on the Woodstock


When the Earth Moves Again by Matthew Greenwald

An apocalyptic song that draws on history and politics, "When the Earth Moves
Again" is one of Paul Kantner's finest efforts from the Airplane's Bark album.
With a strident, three-chord melody that recalls "We Can Be Together" and other
Kantner works, there is an earnest quality that permeates the music and lyrics.
The only sad fact is that the Airplane's recording of this fine song is quite
muddy and tends to not only bury the melody, but the message as well.


We Can Be Together by Matthew Greenwald

The political climate of America in the late '60s was great fodder for a lot of
musicians, but few groups handled it better than Jefferson Airplane. This song,
the opener for the group's Volunteers album, was a virtual "state of the union"
address for the counterculture of the late '60s. Graphically putting forth all
of the impassioned positive thrust as well as the paranoia of the time, "We Can
Be Together" defined the later Airplane state of mind. Musically, it's a basic,
three-chord folk-rock anthem; but the bluegrass-inflected melody -- suggested by
Kantner's friend, David Crosby -- places it in a different, and unusual,


Wooden Ships by Joe Viglione

Released by Jefferson Airplane on the Volunteers lp after Crosby, Stills & Nash
put it on their self-titled 1969 debut, the collaboration between Stephen
Stills, David Crosby and Paul Kantner got much attention through Crosby, Stills,
Nash & Young's rendition as the first track on side three of the Woodstock
"music from the original soundtrack and more" set, with no co-writing credit for
Paul Kantner on original copies of the disc or album jacket! The six minute and
twenty-three second version on the 2400 Fulton Street double CD has the twenty
seconds or so of waves against the boat sounds while the alternate mix from the
"Quad" Volunteers album appears on the Jefferson Airplane Loves You box. The
alternate mix is much cleaner, going right into the folk guitars, the original
Al Schmitt production mixed to stereo by Paul Williams and Pat Martin. At 5:52
it is 31 seconds shorter than the original, recorded April 14-22, 1969 at Wally
Heider's, San Francisco. There are sixteen musicians on this epic version
including pianist Nicky Hopkins, Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar, David
Crosby on "music" and "sailboat", Stephen Stills on hammond organ, and lots of
vocals making for an eerie and totally cosmic trip into the future.

Grace Slick's presence is key, and as latter day Jefferson Starship combinations
bring the epic back to life it becomes clear that Jefferson Airplane/ Jefferson
Starship could very well have followed The Grateful Dead into that jam band
phenomenon which Phish picked up on so efficiently. "Wooden Ships" and songs
like it were the ticket, and had the band stayed on this course rather than
going into that arena rock 1980's sound with Mickey Thomas, they very well could
be playing to tens of thousands every night. The studio rendition of this
composition is amazing and as much fun as it is a good study in psychedelic
folk-rock. The line "Go ride the music" which repeats at the end of "Wooden
Ships" became the title of a television special.


Have You Seen The Saucer by Matthew Greenwald

The final recording featuring the "classic" Jefferson Airplane lineup, "Have You
Seen the Saucers?" was a great parting shot at the forces of conformity and the
need for the hippie counterculture to escape. In this regard, it is a
continuation of "Wooden Ships," a Crosby, Stills & Nash song that Paul Kantner
contributed to, and the theme of space travel, ecology, and the '60s hippie
dream are all included in the lyrics. Brilliantly performed and sung, the entire
band shines, especially the harmonies of Slick, Kantner, and Balin, and the
funky bridge that finds bassist Jack Cassidy and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen laying
down some of the funkiest grooves that the band ever achieved. Aside from its
single release, it was also included on the Early Flight rarities collection of


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