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Go Ride the Music and West Pole (2008)

Various Artists , Robert N. Zagone  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Directors: Robert N. Zagone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018M6J7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Following on the heels of the release of "A Night At the Family Dog" last year, this new DVD brings together two more TV programs from noted music critic and Rolling Stone co-founder Ralph J Gleason, covering the San Francisco psychedelia scene of the late sixties and early seventies. The first disc features the program "Go Ride The Music", featuring two giants of the era performing live in concert. Jefferson Airplane perform at an intimate indoor venue while Quicksilver Messenger Service are filmed in the open air. There are also cameo appearances from David Crosby and Jerry Garcia. The second disc, "West Pole" features a diverse range of acts including Ace Of Cups, Sons Of Champlin, the Grateful Dead and the Steve Miller Band performing live in various settings and takes a more analytical view of the music and the times.

TRACK LISTING Disc 1 - Go Ride The Music: 1) We Can Be Together - Jefferson Airplane 2) Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane 3) Mexico - Jefferson Airplane 4) Warm Red Wine - Quicksilver Messenger Service 5) Baby Baby - Quicksilver Messenger Service 6) Subway - Quicksilver Messenger Service 7) Plastic Fantastic Lover - Jefferson Airplane 8) Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane 9) Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service 10) Emergency - Jefferson Airplane 11) Wooden Ships - Jefferson Airplane

Disc 2 - West Pole: 1) Music - Ace Of Cups 2) Roll With It - Steve Miller Band 3) Greasy Heart - Jefferson Airplane 4) New Potato Caboose - Grateful Dead 5) Dino's Song - Quicksilver Messenger Service 6) Sittin' In Circles - Steve Miller Band 7) Simplicity - Ace Of Cups 8) Freedom - Sons Of Champlin 9) Gospel Song - Ace Of Cups

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2.0 out of 5 stars OY WHAT A MESS August 12, 2008
Okay, disc one, "Go Ride The Music" has the only worthwhile footage on this two disc set. It's the Airplane playing at Pacific High Studios to some cameras, but no audience present. It's a little strange also because they've just dumped the subtle, inventive, tasteful drummer Spence Dryden in favor of shlock pounder Joey Covington -and believe me, you'll notice. There's a few songs such as "Mexico" and "Emergency" that never made it on to record and here you'll find out why. "We Can Be Together/Volunteers", "Plastic Fantastic Lover", "Somebody To Love", and "Wooden Ships" are good though, and if you're an Airplane fanatic you should get this DVD just based on that. Grace Slick is splendidly beautiful and charismatic, as she was in the pre-booze days, and once again you're reminded that she was really a jazz vocalist singing in a rock band.

The only other redeeming feature of this disc is a solid rendition of "Mona" by Quicksilver featuring a good vocal and guitar solo by the ever-underrated Gary Duncan. There's a couple of other tunes by Quicksilver here but they focus unfortunately on Dino Valenti, who is sort of like Al Pacino doing a bad impersonation of a rock star. Strangely, one of the great keyboard players of the 60's and 70's, Nicky Hopkins, is present and playing but the cameramen chose to ignore him completely.

Disc Two, "West Pole" is pretty much a total washout. The only plus here is to finally here and see the venerable musicologist/writer, Ralph J. Gleason,who did so much to promote the San Francisco scene as it was just emerging. But the song list is MISLEADING.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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There were a number of reasons why I sought out this DVD. Firstly to have another record of performances by Bay area bands thatI have listened to for years. Secondly as a bit of a historical record of a time when a different set of rules applied, a sort of revolutionary era, which has since been reversed.

As a musical journal, the version of the Airplane has different characteristics to what is considered by many as the classic lineup. Perhaps this may offend the sensibilities of the purists but things, and people, change. By the time of this recording, the Airplane's evolution was moving forward and would metamorphose again within a few years.

I was very disappointed personally with the clips of Quicksilver and in particular with the focus on Dino Valente while John Cipollina was virtually invisible. Gary Duncan and David Friedberg got a reasonable share of the filming and it is rather cruel irony that Valente's version of the band would persist while Cipollina went on to attain virtuoso status. Again, it is an historical footnote to one of the best, but unluckiest, bands of the era.

The second disc is rescued from mediocrity by the musical interludes of Dead, Airplane and QMS. It is a more historical semi-autobiographical documentary conducted by Ralph Gleason who distracts the viewer by his constant downward glances at his script. I am disinclined to crticise the attempts of Ace of Cups to make their mark in the company of even the Steve Miller band but they made a contribution to the scene as a whole and disappeared alongside hundreds of others.

All in all, not the best collection of Bay Area music, but a reasonable addition to a growing collection. Something to share with our children and our children's children, if they do not laugh too much at our antics.

As a sidenote, I have just learned of a Cheech and Chong reunion tour. Well I can tell you, Dave's not here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Airplane At Their Height of Power August 31, 2008
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It's nice to have the Airplane in its entirety, along with QMS, with a clean, clear picture. Although it's not my favorite Airplane performance, it's a fascinating look at when they were at the height of their power, as a band and individually. Each member holds a commanding presence, self-assured and comfortable of their role and collective sound. Marty and Jorma, in particular, are full of testosterone here, like a good rock star should be. Joey adds the new dynamic, the new energy, the power "rock" drummer who is now the focal point for the band, that Grace, Marty and particularly Jorma encircle around, feed off and respond to. Paul and Jack are on either side in the background, but one can't deny how crucial they are to the overall sound. Sound quality itself is still so-so. I can detect no difference in the extrapolated stereo to the mono. Still it's much superior to the horrid UATWMF vinyl that came out later. My only real complaint on this video is why they left out Eskimo Blue Day, which is on the vinyl record. Could it be because, since this was slated for TV, the FCC would not have allowed for a repeated profanity but OK'd the slightly discernible one in WCBT? Lastly, only Marty could have sung the chorus to the Delfonics 'La La Means I Love You' at the beginning and refrain of a counter-culture anthem like Wooden Ships and made it work. But that was the Airplane then, wildly diverse and creative as we all know and love them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Eskimo Blue Day" Clarification December 1, 2010
By JoJo
To clarify something from another review, the Jefferson Airplane song "Eskimo Blue Day" was never part of GO RIDE THE MUSIC. It was part of A NIGHT AT THE FAMILY DOG, and is included on the DVD release of that, along with the Airplane doing "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil." The old vinyl bootleg called UP AGAINST THE WALL MOTHER F... consisted of the 2 JA tracks from A NIGHT AT THE FAMILY DOG combined with the 7 JA tracks from GO RIDE THE MUSIC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start.
This was a well put together DVD. The sound was great the picture was great and their were some really good comments for fan that were going to the shows.
Published 8 months ago by Steve Harman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, not great.
There are better shows out there, but this fills some holes for real collectors. If you have some spare change, pick this up.
Published 10 months ago by Frazier Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars bring back the 60, s
Rare close up look at 60, s groups, fantastic visual experience, makes you wanna tie dyeyour clothes and boogie down
Published 12 months ago by gadget man
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightning in a Bottle
When PBS aired "Go Ride the Music" more than 40 years ago, it was indeed a pretty big deal. Most television accounts of San Francisco musicians at that time portrayed them as... Read more
Published 13 months ago by J. Herman
5.0 out of 5 stars The 60's come to life again
I grew up in the sixties, so reliving those times and hearing these great groups brought back a lot of memories, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Band , and others. Read more
Published 23 months ago by C. Grunert
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone looks over the Ace of Cups
I first rented this from netflix because it featured the Airplane and the Dead, but it also held a great surprise. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by Sam Ludlum
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Ride the Music and West Pole
Excellent - The Airplane at their best. Been waiting since 1971 for this to resurface.
Published on August 29, 2008 by J. Carr
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