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Worst of Jefferson Airplane [Original recording remastered]

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listen  3. Somebody To Love (Pop #5/chart debut: 4/1/67) 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Watch Her Ride (Pop #61/chart debut: 12/16/67) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
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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 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000FDFS5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The band members put together this 1970 "best-of," a #12 LP in its own right. They picked key hits like Somebody to Love; The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil; White Rabbit , and Crown of Creation , but also added an acoustic instrumental, an experimental piece and a live track. This reissue adds two bonus cuts, too!

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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown of Creation June 8, 2006
By Konrei
Format:Audio CD
THE WORST OF JEFFERSON AIRPLANE is that band's ironically titled Greatest Hits album. Dating from 1970, THE WORST reflects the best work put forth by the Airplane's "classic" lineup of Marty Balin, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Spencer Dryden and Jack Casady (as well as two selections from JEFFERSON AIRPLANE TAKES OFF, featuring Signe Toly Anderson on vocals and Skip Spence on drums). This new re-release also features two songs not on the original disc, "Watch Her Ride" and "Greasy Heart," which are intelligently inserted in chronological order.

By chronologically arranging the songs we can see the Airplane evolve from a Mamas & Papas/Association folk vocal harmony group ("Blues From An Airplane"), to an unquestioned commercial success ("White Rabbit"), into an experimental Acid Rock band ("The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil"), and then into a densely musical, overtly political entity ("Volunteers").

This evolution ultimately led to the band's demise. Shortly after the release of THE WORST Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady left to form Hot Tuna, a group focusing on the early Airplane's folk and blues roots, and Spencer Dryden was asked to leave the band. The departure of Kaukonen, Casady, and Dryden irrevocably changed Jefferson Airplane's sound and guaranteed their downfall from the most successful of the San Francisco psychedelic bands into an also-ran constantly shifting passel of musicians who copied but never captured the classic lineup's sound, and never quite defined their own. Jefferson Airplane limped on until 1972, and was succeeded by the much less daring Jefferson Starship in 1974.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffersonian Principles June 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When Marty Balin began putting together the band that would become Jefferson Airplane in 1965, he called the music he intended to make "fojazz," a hybrid of folk and jazz. But what he and the band actually created was an even more far-ranging concoction, dubbed "psychedelic rock" because of its role as soundtrack for the hallucinogenic drug scene of the time.

The Worst of Jefferson Airplane was an essential part of every college student's record collection in the early `70s. Originally released in November, 1970, the 15-track LP neatly summed up the band's first five years, offering glimpses of the Airplane's many sides--Balin's pop-rockin' "It's No Secret," the romantically beautiful "Today," Grace Slick's strangely disturbing "Lather," Paul Kantner's anthemic call to revolution, "We Can Be Together," Jorma Kaukonen's acoustic interlude, "Embryonic Journey."

Kantner coined the Worst of moniker as a typically Jeffersonian dig at the record industry the band had often done battle with. In fact, the compilation was lovingly assembled by the bandmembers themselves, and included the group's only two actual hits, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," as well as samplings from their six albums up to that point.

This Legacy reissue includes two bonus tracks, Kantner's "Watch Her Ride" and Slick's menacing "Greasy Heart." Its chronological layout allows the listener to trace the sonic and lyrical development of the psychedelic era itself while following the trajectory of San Francisco's most successful band. It's a journey that is still worth taking. The only disappointment is that the CD's expanded capacity wasn't maximized to include the post-Worst sort-of-a-hit, "Pretty as You Feel," or the definitive "Wooden Ships" from Volunteers. --Jim Newsom

originally published in Port Folio Weekly, 6/13/06

copyright 2006 Port Folio Weekly. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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There are so many re-packagings of Jefferson Airplane/Starship material out these days that any newcomer to their music must feel a little overwhelmed. If it helps, most of these compilations were way after the fact, "Worst of..." was the original "best of," released first on vinyl in the early 70s. I didn't buy it then because I had everything on it on other records (this being a bit before anybody thought to entice fans with "bonus tracks"). To me all the early Airplane albums were essential, and this package was at best, a good intro for the uninitiated.

But now since I haven't replaced every single vinyl LP with the CD version (have some, not all), this collection makes sense. In fact, it makes damn good sense. In terms of providing an overview of the Airplane's most creative period, this 15 track sampling is hard to beat. Two of the best tracks from the neo-folkie, pre-Grace "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off" open the album on a sweetly melancholic note, a little stiff and unformed yet. Then suddenly you're caught up in the aural whoosh of "Somebody to Love," that sharp almost genderless voice coming out of nowhere. Grace Slick makes a ferocious entry, into the song, into the band and into music history.

It scarcely lets up from there. I've often maintained that the great thing about the Airplane is that the sweetly sappy one was the guy (Marty Balin) and the edgy, neurotic one was the, uh, girl (and even in '67, "chick" scarcely applied to Grace Slick). "Worst of..." balances this odd yin and yang nicely. The shortest and most effective of Marty's "Surrealistic Pillow" ballads, "Today" is strategically placed between the two big Slick numbers (and of course, that would be "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit").
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Published 23 days ago by tim huxoll
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Great tunes and the cd plays good also arrive fast and safe
Published 24 days ago by Scott L.
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Oldie but a goodie!
Published 1 month ago by sharon baker
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Very good
Published 2 months ago by John Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Airplane is much better than Starship.
This has all three of my favorite Airplane songs on it. Volunteers, White Rabbit, and Somebody to Love. Rock out.
Published 5 months ago by Karen G. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst of Jefferson Starship is the best
My mom had this on vinyl and we used to listen to it in the 70s. It has the best songs from that time.
Published 9 months ago by Robin
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not buy these songs
I would like to say that I did not agree to the download of these two songs and would like to be reimbursed for them. It was not made clear that I was purchasing these songs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dirk K. Robinson
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