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Audio CD, August 23, 2005

Disc: 1
1. White Rabbit
2. Today
3. It's No Secret
4. My Best Friend
5. Don't Slip Away
6. Other Side of This Life
7. High Flyin' Bird
8. Somebody to Love
Disc: 2
1. Plastic Fantastic Lover
2. 3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds
3. She Has Funny Cars
4. You're So Loose
5. What You're Askin'
6. Would You Love Me
7. Ride (Watch Her Ride)
8. And I Like It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retro Music
  • ASIN: B000H8RUNK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on February 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The 1989 year end issue of ROLLING STONE listed the Airplane reunion as "The Most Unwelcome Comeback." Well, that was hardly a surprise, they had already published a pretty negative review back in the summer when the album was released. They HAD, however, given the concert tour performances a very favorable write-up. So maybe it wasn't as unwelcome as all that--at least the live component anyway.

And that tour really WAS something. I caught in Saratoga Springs, and it was just about a perfect night. Yeah, it had a bit more showbiz professionalism and pizzazz than a 60s show might have had, and yes, Jorma should not have required a second guitarist (what was that all about??), but it was overall quite the night to remember.

I had never held out high hopes that the reunion album was going to be a masterpiece. I do recall reading an advance quote from Grace that might have made me a little optimistic that they would once again catch fire. She was talking about the diversity of styles (always an Airplane strong point, IF they could blend them into some kind of synergistic whole) and referred to the song roster as "God's palette."

Well, it wasn't quite that. On the other hand, it was nowhere near as weak an album as some would have it. (You just had to know that critics would be gunning for this one like it was skeet.) And the band gave them a few easy targets. Paul Kantner was still in full anthem mode, and "Planes" would likely strike anyone but a die-hard Airplane fan as something of a clunker. It struts and frets and lumbers along for its three or so minutes on the stage. I for one, hated it at first listen, but for all its awkwardness, "Planes" manages to take off.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Colcord on October 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's funny when you lived something and can go back later on in time to reevaluate things. I remember how incredibly excited I was at the news of the Airplane's reuniting in '88. I bought this CD when it was originally released. A fan of both the Airplane (in a more mythic fashion) and Hot Tuna (in a more real fashion), I was prepared for an incredible musical explosion like the World had never seen before. I was dissappointed in 1989 when this CD came out. 13 years later, I think I know why. It wasn't a bunch of old bandmates at the top of their games when this came about. The end of the 80s was a musical wasteland that hadn't been too good to any of these players for awhile. This CD was something to do, hoping to recapture something they knew they could still get away with due to the nostalgia. Essentially they picked up where they left off with Long John Silver. An album of music by two bands playing together, but not as one. Jefferson Starship meets Hot Tuna. It's only too bad they didn't get Papa John Creach in for the reunion. He still had a few good years. The rest seemed to disappear after this album, perhaps for good- with the exception of Kaukonen and Casady who continue to thrive as Hot Tuna- even recapturing an earlier sound during their electric performances I thought was lost. Maybe they can all take another stab at this someday. I was lucky enough to enjoy a live performance during the tour for this album which absolutely made up for any shortcomings in the studio. Old and new, altogether on stage. "Crown of Creation" live in 1990 was every bit as good as it may have been 20 years earlier. For now, it is nice to be able to look back after so long and place this CD alongside the others to take its place in their collective history. It's not bad, but could have been so great.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "drdank" on August 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
First, I'd like to clarify exactly what this album is...this album, released in late summer 1989, is a new release from old Airplane members Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, and Jack Casady, not a greatest hits package. The album also features several session musicians, including drummer Kenny Aronoff from the John Mellencamp band, who also toured with the Airplane on their brief 89 reunion.
The album is a hit and miss effort: in some places it presents the Airplane with a modern sound, in others, it resembles sickly Starship (the Mickey Thomas incarnation) leftovers. The best songs on the album were penned, not surprisingly, by Kantner and Kaukonen. Paul's roaring rocker Planes opens the disc on a strong note, and he offers 2 more uptempo rockers - the bluesy foot-stomper Madeleine Street, and The Wheel. The Wheel sounds dated now, based as it is on Kantner's experiences in Nicaragua during the Sandinista affair, and his leftist political stance might turn some people off entirely. However, anybody familiar with the Airplane is probably aware that political polemicism is part of the package. Jorma's songs are Ice Age, which has become a standard in his Hot Tuna repetoire, the wistful Too Many Years, and the instrumental Upfront Blues.
Grace Slick is in fine form for Freedom, but her Panda (a paean to the dwindling number of panda bears left in the wild) is rather maudlin. Marty Balin is also in good voice, but his Summer Of Love is sadly a lame adult-contemporary reminisence of the Airplane's 60's heyday. Now Is The Time is a bit of a guilty pleasure, but seems like it would be more at home on a Starship album
The album is reasonably well mixed, although Casady fans will likely be disappointed - his bass is not as prominent as it deserves to be. Vocally, those famous soaring harmonies from Paul, Marty, and Grace are still intact. An OK album, but old time Airplane fans will probably lament the decline of this legendary ensemble
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