15 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s fifth studio album was their final with the classic lineup. Marty Balin and drummer Spencer Dryden would soon depart while Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady focused on Hot Tuna. Guests Jerry Garcia (pedal steel for the countrified “The Farm”) and pianist Nicky Hopkins added new textures that benefitted by being recorded on 16-track tape machines. The lyrical content created controversy, but sociopolitically charged tunes like “We Can Be Together” and the title track perfectly reflected the end of the ‘60s. Kaukonen’s arrangement of the traditional “Good Shepherd” demonstrated the band’s gentle side. “Hey Frederick” illustrated Grace Slick’s vocal talents.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The band’s fifth studio album was their final with the classic lineup. Marty Balin and drummer Spencer Dryden would soon depart while Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady focused on Hot Tuna. Guests Jerry Garcia (pedal steel for the countrified “The Farm”) and pianist Nicky Hopkins added new textures that benefitted by being recorded on 16-track tape machines. The lyrical content created controversy, but sociopolitically charged tunes like “We Can Be Together” and the title track perfectly reflected the end of the ‘60s. Kaukonen’s arrangement of the traditional “Good Shepherd” demonstrated the band’s gentle side. “Hey Frederick” illustrated Grace Slick’s vocal talents.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

AShort ,

There best hour

I was never really an Airplane fan before I heard this album. Their hits like White Rabbit always lacked something for me and I never paid much attention to them. I love alot of '60s psychedelic music but there was always something so cliche about Jefferson Airplane until I heard this. I'm a huge Dead fan and I found so much Dead in this album. The piano is awsome!

Seven Cities Blues ,

Volunteers of America

Great buy with the bonus tracks. Another great version of Wooden ships with the live one, Kantner and Stills wrote the lyrics and Crosby melody. This album defines the group in a moment in time better than any work by any artist. They didn't transcend time as many have been able to do however they were in the moment better than anyone.No crap from this group they were highly talented maybe not always on the same page however they were on the cutting edge in 69. Download "Wooden Ships" live however I really dig" Hey Fredrick" Grace could be the space queen when she wanted to be . The orginal was a x mas gift to me December 1969. Just a great album imo.

DeathSoundBlues ,

Volunteers.

One of my personal favorites of all the ''Jefferson Airplane'' Albums.

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