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Just wanted to stop by and add my voice to the chorus. As almost all the other reviewers have said, this is a great CD. It will make anyone with even a casual interest in psychedelic music very, very happy.
The Airplane manage to rock like a sumbitch and be as trippy as a blacklight Escher poster. There isn't a weak track here, except maybe Bear Melt, which you kinda have to be in the mood for. Although, to be fair, unlike the other tracks, which are actual songs, it really wasn't meant to stand alone. It was intended to be accompanied by a headful of drugs and a groovy light show. Still, even Bear Melt it has its moments, especially Grace Slick's truly strange and, from the sound of it, at least partly improvised spoken/sung intro (that's where I got the headline for this review, although there's nothing especially strange about that particular phrase).
Kantner's Donovan impression on Fat Angel is a little embarrassing, but it's kinda cute too. And the song shows that raga rock can actually rock. A real slow burner.
Interesting that when originally issued, in 1969 (from recordings made in late '68) all the Airplane originals and one cover (The Other Side of This Life) were from their first two albums. Nothing from Baxter's, nothing from Crown of Creation. Probably RCA (and maybe the band) wanted to lean in particular on material from the Airplane's most successful album, Surrealistic Pillow. But that makes the last two bonus tracks, songs from Baxter's, especially welcome. Very rousing version of Won't You Try, although when the band sings/chants "People dancing everywhere" you can clearly hear Marty Balin say wistfully "used to be." Late '68 and already the flowers were wilting.