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Definitive Concert (2009)

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  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0020W95PW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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PAL/Region 2. Jefferson Starship are captured here live in 1983, performing a set which combines the classic Jefferson Airplane sound with early '80s hi-energy Rock. The line-up features original Airplane members Grace Slick and Paul Kantner and the songs performed include 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love'.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson Grabbag June 16, 2013
There was NEVER a time in the history of Jefferson Anything that the listener wasn't confronted with an obvious array of musical backgrounds and styles--and an assortment of outsized, warring personalities whose legendary internal battles pretty much gave the lie to the whole "love and peace" thing they were supposedly representative of. So why were they so compelling? Well you should ask, and not as easy to answer as all that. Like the Beatles, the Byrds and so many others, the Airplane was always greater than the sum of its parts. Not that the parts were so bad either, but when they jelled, they really jelled.

And whey they didn't, well, if you were a fan (like me) you still might be fascinated by the admittedly messy product. And if you ARE a fan and did manage to follow the band through all its incarnations and splinter projects, you may also understand that it isn't as simple a matter as the "Airplane good/Starshp bad" credo some critics and wanna-be critics seem to think it is.

I remember seeing this concert video on public TV as part of their Pledge Week programming. I THINK someone may have been smart enough to delete the irritating (and totally unnecessary) narration by someone named Michael MacDonald (but not the Doobie Brother Michael McDonald), cuz I'm pretty sure I would've remembered something THAT cheesy. Which is not to say that there weren't problems enough with the video. The emerging commercialism of the group that would take off (with the band's "first name" and last remaining founding member, Paul Kantner) in the later '80s was already pretty evident. And even Kantner seemed to be in his own alt-universe kind of show biz mode at this time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Apparently there's no video available from the Marty Balin / Papa John Red Octopus era. Too bad...when the first Starship album, Dragon Fly was released (Blows Against the Empire was a Kantner solo project), it was such an improvement over the final Airplane albums that the future seemed bright indeed. The final Grace and Marty album, Earth, showed that the second incarnation of the Airplane / Starship / whatever might be running out of steam. The first Mickey Thomas album, Freedom at Point Zero, wasn't bad, but it soon became obvious that the Thomas-fronted version of the band was going after the MTV crowd with a vengeance.

As the Jefferson Starship. Platinum & Gold Collection CD illustrates, there were a few tunes from the Thomas era that could be considered "Greatest Hits," but when it comes to this exercise in Grace being back in the fold and Mickey filling the Marty's not the band's shining hour.

Jeff Tamarkin's excellent bio Got a Revolution! : The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane reminds us of the fact that the peak (or valley) of Grace's alcohol abuse problems came during the Starship years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jefferson Starship January 19, 2013
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What a difficult dvd for me to review. First I was about the same age as the audience watching this concert back in 1983 and I really like Jefferson Starship. With that being said the picture quality and sound quality are just o.k. The picture quality I would describe as being good for a vhs tape and the sound quality is equal to or better than an LP or casette tape. This is a concert dvd that employs some music video type effects with mixed results. Grace Slick hams it up for the camera's and some may find it distracting. There are breaks in the concert with Mike MacDonald playing a character called "shortwave mike", these are dreadful and I just skip through them. The setlist is very good, I wish there was more to it. If you like Jefferson Starship from this time period I would recommend this title for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars seen in concert in '83 March 20, 2014
By john
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attracted to the purchase for i have seen them do almost the exact show in '83. the are 1 of my favorite bands. the ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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