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Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience [Limited Edition]

Jefferson AirplaneAudio CD
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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 (June 30, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0026BD2GA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We Can Be Together
2. Good Shepherd
3. The Farm
4. Hey Frederick
5. Turn My Life Down
6. Wooden Ships
7. Eskimo Blue Day
8. A Song For All Seasons
9. Meadowlands
10. Volunteers
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Plastic Fantastic Lover(Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)
2. Wooden Ships (Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two) (Previously unreleased)
3. Uncle Sam Blues(Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)
4. Volunteers(Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)
5. The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil (Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)(Previously unreleased)
6. Come Back Baby (Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)
7. White Rabbit(Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)
8. The House At Pooneil Corners (Recorded Live At The Woodstock Music & Art Fair,Sunday,August 17,1969 Part Two)(Previously unreleased)

Editorial Reviews

Jefferson Airplane were the first act to be confirmed for Woodstock, they set the precedent for all that followed. Their performance early Sunday morning was a perfect greeting to a rising sun, and for their forthcoming album, Volunteers. 2 Vinyl replica mini jackets with inner sleeves (short liners) 16 x 20" poster. 8 previously unissued live tracks from August 16th, 1969 wood stock performance. Includes the album Volunteers which was remastered is 2004.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long, long overdue July 1, 2009
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I had often heard critics - a uniformly scurrilous lot - state that Woodstock was a relatively poor performance by the Airplane. Judging by the few available songs that had been released, I suspected that this opinion was nonsense. Having listened to this release (which would have required two discs anyway) twice, I feel utterly vindicated by their performance. Ending the set with the apocalyptic "House at Pooneil Corners" was absolutely perfect. I spoke to Chris, my son and a 26 year old guitarist in NC, yesterday. We discussed much of the garbage music/musicians from that era that is/are held in such high esteem today, while the Airplane is ignored or worse. He mentioned that many of his friends think of Jefferson Airplane as essentially "folk" music. I told him to have them listen to these discs. "Eskimo Blue Day", "Wooden Ships", "Volunteers" and the "Pooneils" are simply incredible both musically and conceptually. The whole set may well be the apex of the Airplane's performing career. Although I had to wait until I was 60 to hear this performance, I am absolutely thrilled to have these discs. The Airplane was great when I last saw them live in November of 1970 but this show represents the Airplane at its artistic peak.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Ride the Music! July 1, 2009
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I'm sure most of you already own the Volunteers CD, and are holding off on this purchase because of that. I say, don't let that sway your decision. This live performance is what we JA fans have been waiting all these years for. The complete show! And, what a show it is. I have most of the other live concert performances, and this one is the one to own (this and Bless It's Pointed Little Head)! Sit back, and let the Airplane take you for a ride. You won't be disapointed. Morning maniac music, indeed. Everything was definitely vibrating by the end of the second CD. Plenty of jams, and lots of high octane rock. Grace sounds fantastic, as well as all the rest of the band.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A defining moment! July 1, 2009
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I've waited at least 37 years to hear this, ever since I heard (and fell in love with) the Woodstock 2 performances. This blows me away. The ragged edges just add to the stellar fury the Airplane played with that ecstatic morning in 1969. What a way to wake up! Bonus? The sketch for Hijack they play at the end of The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil. This is a very moving performance. Get it! So you get another copy of Volunteers -the price is right! Carry the fire!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price For House @ Pooneil Corners Alone July 10, 2009
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"Morning maniac music" is best played really, really loud. The Airplane is rocking with wild abandon, loose as a goose, and I mean that in a good way.

"The Other Side of This Life" gets the set off to a ripping start. It may be "the regular guys and Nicky Hopkins" but you'll have to have ears like a dog to hear Nicky tickling the ivories. He's there but the Airplane are going full tilt. Listen like thieves for his keyboard wizardry, especially here.

"Somebody to Love" is propelled by Spencer Dryden's drumming, a nice change up from basically the same arrangement as BLIPH. In fact, several of the best known songs like "3/5th Of Mile..." and "Plastic Fantastic Lover" are BLIPH-refitted but at Ramones-like speed. The first three songs are an adreneline rush. Maybe the sight of a half million people can do that to a band?

Things slow down for "Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon". It may seem like a naive throwback to the acid-drenched days of the summer of love but at Woodstock it seemed like the culmination of everything everybody believed would be the future. We know now that it was really the end, but nobody knew it at the time.

It's a natural segway into "Eskimo Blue Day," Grace's still spot-on ecological cautionary tale. One of her best songs, and a riveting vocal performance.

"Wooden Ships" is stretched out to points unfathomable clocking in at 21 minutes. Poor C,S,N. Did they ever do this song? After the Airplane's version it should've been retired from their act. The 'Plane are pulling out the stops - musically, vocally, improvising, inspired. Go ride the music indeed.

"Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" stretches out extra long, but that's just a set up for the showstopper of "House of Pooneil Corners". Rarely performed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasnt there, but I can feel the magic July 2, 2009
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Finally, we can here the entire set as performed by the jefferson airplane. I'm excited about the recent live recordings that are being released of this incredible group, especially for those of us who werent there. They wrote some amazing songs. The final track is called "House at pooneil corners" and it is a mindblower. Sadly, still relevent after all these years. The line in the song "someone stood at the window and cried one tear, I thought that would stop the war", just kills me. The band sounds great considering they had been up all night and given the time they went on. Good recording quality and packaging. Thanks, Love the poster. "Wish I could have been there".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Volunteers July 16, 2009
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I'll keep this simple -- The live, Woodstock version of "Volunteers" completely blows the studio version out of the water. And that's typical of the Woodstock performances.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have July 26, 2009
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Whatever past opinions of this performance, for my ears this is the JA at their peak. The performance is unbelievable from start to finish. For any JA lover this is a must own and for anyone wondering about them this release justifies their reputation. They are firing on all cylinders. It is a little sloppy here and there(Eskimo Blue Day for example) but for me this just makes it more authentic; and the key words are here and there. Given the delay in performing (they came on in the wee hours of the morning) maybe they could not time their, ahem, vitamins right? Overall a very rock solid performance.

The mix is pretty good. Paul is a little down in it and at times Nicki is lost (mostly have to try hard to find him). Spencer is up front in the mix and maybe that is why his drumming here just sounds awesome - really solid, nicely manic. Jack, Grace, Marty all mixed fine. Jorma is on fire throughout, and his guitar just explodes from the speakers.

As for the tracks, a fairly standard set with a few surprises. Grace's now classic intro (morning maniac music, the regular guys...) kicks it off. The group really nails the 1st 3 songs (other side of life (Nicki very clear on this one), somebody to love, 3/5 mile) at breakneck speed; intense opening. Somebody to Love is pretty much reworked and Spencer even takes a solo in it. I always liked Eskimo Blue Day, very good here though a bit sloppy; OK by me. First peak is a titanic 23 minute Wooden Ships. Second peak a killer You-Me-Pooneil stretched to 15 minutes, and as noted in other reviews around the 9 minute mark they launch into Hijack. Very cool. Finale of House at Pooneil Corners another nice surprise, and a perfect closer.
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Published on November 19, 2011 by Mark Colan
5.0 out of 5 stars ¡¡ Al fin el concierto compleo de Woodstock !!
Hay publicados muchos comentarios y criticas de este directo asi que seré breve.

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Published on May 21, 2011 by Thomas E. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning People!
These were weird times. For me personally, it was a bit of a struggle to get through the whole deal, but it was so amazing it flew past. Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by OLD GUY.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Start for Four Songs
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Why is Wooden Ships 21 minutes long?
Because it's "Live" and when the Airplane played "LIVE" the ususally improvised and the playing was very much drawn out compared to the "limited" space used for a studio album.

That's why the track lengths of Wooden Ships and Ballad.... are longer.
Jul 31, 2009 by Mr. x |  See all 5 posts
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