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Jefferson AirplaneAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Jefferson Airplane was the first of the San Francisco psychedelic rock groups of the 1960s to achieve national recognition. Although the Grateful Dead ultimately proved more long-lived and popular, Jefferson Airplane defined the San Francisco sound in the 1960s, with the acid rock guitar playing of Jorma Kaukonen and the soaring twin vocals of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, scoring hit singles ... Read more in Amazon's Jefferson Airplane Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retro Music
  • ASIN: B000H8RUNK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,253,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JA Takes Off (with a bump or two along the way) 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 years later... 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
3.0 out of 5 stars One last gasp 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Went to the concert for this and really enjoyed it. would love to...
this concert was one of the best, it was at pouplar creek, the band was tight and i would love to have this on dvd !
Published 6 months ago by mike nowak
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs over-produced
This album is nowhere as bad as some folk say. It has some great songs but admittedly a couple of bummers. It has three major problems:
1) There's no Spencer Dryden. Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. Arthur
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record!
I cannot believe I missed this record from one of my favorite groups. To me it stands up to any of their other recordings. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dewey
2.0 out of 5 stars For the Most Hard Core Airplane Fans
This is not a particularly good album, though Jorma Kaukonen's material fares better than the rest. It surely is heads and shoulders better than the late days of Jefferson Starship... Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Socrates Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Used CD
The CD that I bought thru 'goHastins' via amazon.com was scratched and it skips. The CD is unplayable. Do they offer refunds? Or should I just throw it away?
Published on November 15, 2011 by Dana Rose
3.0 out of 5 stars a reunion cd
This was a reunion cd and it's ok. The sound is similiar to starship and other songs sound more like the 1970's period of jeff starship a great era for this outfit in imo. Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Michael Dobey
3.0 out of 5 stars As usual Jorma (Kaukonen) saves the situation
As I said in the title of the rewiew, Jorma made this album acceptable.

Infact in the early 70's, when Grace was into drugs, and the Airplane should do a concert, Jorma... Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Leonardo Mirenda
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrid
I am a big fan of the Airplane. All I can say is that this album was a major disappointment in 1989. Listening to it again now, it sounds even worse to my ears. It is horrid. Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by John S. Guttmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly under-rated classic
Why is it, when bands do get together after a long hiatus, fans automatically expect them to pick up not just where they left off, but smack in the middle of whatever was supposed... Read more
Published on December 8, 2009 by fungo
2.0 out of 5 stars FOR SOME REASON, ALL THE REVIEWS HERE ARE FOR A DIFFERENT ALBUM, NOT...
** Through some sort of technical glitch on Amazon's part, all the reviews here are for Jefferson Airplaine's self titled 1989 reunion album. Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by bestcdhead
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