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Jefferson Airplane: Live at the Fillmore East

Track List

>Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil, The (Intro)
>She Has Funny Cars
>It's No Secret
>Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon
>Greasy Heart
>Star Track
>Wild Tyme
>White Rabbit
>Other Side of This Life, The
>Fat Angel
>Watch Her Ride
>Closing Comments
>Somebody to Love

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (5/22/98, p.71) - "The Airplane were one of the most ferocious live bands of the classic-rock era. Further proof: this 1968 recording highlighted by never-before-released performances....Any similarity between this walloping band and the ersatz Jefferson Starship is purely semantic." - Rating: B

Album Notes

The Jefferson Airplane: Grace Slick (vocals, various instruments); Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner (guitar, vocals); Marty Balin (vocals); Jack Casady (bass); Spencer Dryden (drums).

Compilation producer: Paul Williams.

Recorded live at the Fillmore East, New York, New York from May 3-4, 1968.

Includes liner notes by Jeff Tamarkin.

"I'm doin' things that haven't got a name yet," proclaims a driven Grace Slick on "Wild Tyme." Indeed, the sound of the Airplane was as inventive as it was enticing. Sliding between tight arrangements and on-the-spot creation, LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST contains the energetic highlights of four classic 1968 shows at the famous New York City theater. This is a shimmering, rocking, fuzzed-out Airplane flying one of its most exhilarating courses.

Slick belts it out like a vibrato-driven freight train on "Greasy Heart," her voice dipping, stretching and cutting with a powerful style uniquely her own. Paul Kantner's rhythm guitar build a knowing foundation for Jorma's distorted wails and mute-toned lyricism. The dynamic instrumental, "Thing," is charged with a fierce determination, making and unmaking itself in a continuous vortex of improvisation. Donovan's "Fat Angel" is a transcendental piece of Flower Power proselytizing, and "Today" is as haunting a declaration as ever, riding high on the sheer might of ye olde Jack Casady fuzz-bass. As far as historic '60s rock goes, this compilation is a patchouli-scented testament to the magic that existed at the now-defunct hippie mecca.


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