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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Floating World
  • ASIN: B004MY64NM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jay
2. Theme From The Movie "Manhole"
3. ?Come Again? Toucan
4. It's Only Music
5. Better Lying Down
6. Epic (#38)

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered edition of this 1973 album, the debut solo album from the Jefferson Airplane/Starship vocalist. In keeping with the spirit of the times, the musicians and composers were all part of the West Coast 'family' of the day. Co-produced by the Airplanes' Paul Kanter, who also performs on the album along with David Crosby, Pete Sears, Quicksilver Messenger Services' David Freiberg (who also co-produced) and Gary Duncan who join Jack Cassidy and John Barbata from Jefferson Airplane on this West Coast classic. Floating World.

Customer Reviews

The music here is sometimes draggy and repetitive.
Mark J Dulcey
Manhole is another of the must-have Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship releases if you are a fan of the JA/JS sound.
Carl Olson Jr.
Grace Slick is arguably the best vocalist in the history of the universe.
LightnnRod

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on July 13, 2002
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Grace Slick was a quirky artist (I say "was" on the assumption that her retirement is indeed permanent), and I don't know that she really comprehended that this release was not at all commercially viable. RCA had been pushing her to do a solo album for years, and Grace was actually a little reluctant to do so. Unlike most of her contemporary female singers (Janis, Linda Ronstadt, maybe Nico) she was not particularly eager to make the transition from band member to solo star. She didn't mind participating in splinter projects with other Airplane members, but she had little or no interest in flying solo at this junction of her career.
So in a way, she didn't. The album she turned in reportedly infuriated some of the bigs at RCA--only six tracks, one of them a truly solo magnum opus entitled "Theme From the Movie 'Manhole'"--more like a complete soundtrack actually. Two of the other tracks, "It's Only Music" and "Epic #38" did not even feature Grace on lead vocal. In fact, as Boston was quick to point out, Grace does not even appear at all on the former track!
But that was typical of Grace in a way. After that 17 minute Meisterstueck and two other Grace tracks, well, "that's enough of me. Give 'em something else." This was the same Grace who would yield to the Airplane instrumentalists on tracks like "Bear Melt" and "Hey, Frederick" and come back only for the slightest return at the end of the song--or not at all, as the case may be. It was a star move, simultaneously arrogant and humble ("OK, boys, I've done my bit, now you take over.")
Of course, that's still a risky strategy and runs the risk of alienating some fans who may have actually been looking forward to an all-Grace album.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott T Mc Nally on August 23, 2002
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Grace Slick will go down in Rock history as one of the most influential vocalists. You can her her influence in many female vocalists from the 70's on. Concrete Blond's Johnette Napolatano in particular. Sadly, her solo work didn't quite cut it compared to her work with Jefferson Airplane and her co-work with Paul Kantner. What makes this album really worth the purchase is the 15 minute plus title track, which features some incredible vocal gymnastics. Better Lying Down is great pornographic Blues. Eat your heart out Alannis, Liz Phair and Madonna. To be fair to Alannis, she pretty much dropped the potty mouth after her first release. Come Again Toucan is nice, but what really weakens this effort are two songs. It's Only Music, which she not only didn't write, but doesn't even sing on. David Frieberg handles that one. Then there's Epic 38, where she's only singing harmony. Good song, but why put it on a Grace solo effort?... She really wanted to work more in the context of a contributing band member as opposed to solo work. In closing, buy this for no other reason than the title track and Better Lying Down. That voice will send shivers up the back of your neck
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carl Olson Jr. on November 20, 2001
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Manhole is another of the must-have Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship releases if you are a fan of the JA/JS sound. Produced by Grace, Paul Kantner, and David Freiberg, this original 1973 release continues with the sound that makes this group unique. Epic(#38) and It's Only Music are two of my all-time favorite JA/JS songs and help make this album great. Better Lying Down and Manhole show Grace at her best. And the ultimate message in the song Manhole is one that every person should hear as it is as true today as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow. Thanks to all for making this music available on CD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LightnnRod on March 12, 2009
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Grace Slick is arguably the best vocalist in the history of the universe. She could have dominated any type of music if she wished. Give her a hat and boots and she'd set the standard for weepy Country ladies. Put 100 pounds, a breastplate and a helm with ox horns on her and she be the best fat lady ever to sing.

No one holds and varies a note better than Slick. As proof, listen to "Theme From The Movie Manhole." One of her many talents is to slide into a vocal and take it over, bending it to her will -- suddenly the song is Grace, yet she never steps on her fellow musicians (Listen to "Knock Me Out" on Linda Perry's excellent album "In Flight"). Of course, on "Theme From The Movie Manhole," Grace is almost by herself in front of a rock band composed of luminaries of the San Francisco Sound, plus David Crosby, and a string-and-horn orchestra. It's a tour de force.

"Sunrise." "Hey Frederick." "Eskimo Blue Day." "Wooden Ships." "Lather." "Triad."

If you like the Airplane, buy this. If you liked the original, first Starship, buy this. You like Kantner, buy this. If you like the pop Starship, buy this anyway. If you like great female vocals, buy this. If you are happy China Slick was on MTV, buy this.

Can you tell I like Grace? (We've had two dogs named Lather.) Filter my remarks accordingly. And buy this. Grace will appreciate the retirement income.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark J Dulcey on June 20, 2005
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The music here is sometimes draggy and repetitive. The arrangements are overwrought in high prog-rock style. The lyrics don't quite make sense. And none of that matters one bit.

This is Grace Slick at the peak of her vocal achievement. She has reached the vocal power that her Jefferson Airplane work only hinted at, and she is not the sad shell of her former self that is heard on the later Starship albums. Her singing ranks up with the great female forces of nature. That's enough to make this album a must-have.
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