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TRACK LISTING Disc 1 - Go Ride The Music: 1) We Can Be Together - Jefferson Airplane 2) Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane 3) Mexico - Jefferson Airplane 4) Warm Red Wine - Quicksilver Messenger Service 5) Baby Baby - Quicksilver Messenger Service 6) Subway - Quicksilver Messenger Service 7) Plastic Fantastic Lover - Jefferson Airplane 8) Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane 9) Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service 10) Emergency - Jefferson Airplane 11) Wooden Ships - Jefferson Airplane
Disc 2 - West Pole: 1) Music - Ace Of Cups 2) Roll With It - Steve Miller Band 3) Greasy Heart - Jefferson Airplane 4) New Potato Caboose - Grateful Dead 5) Dino's Song - Quicksilver Messenger Service 6) Sittin' In Circles - Steve Miller Band 7) Simplicity - Ace Of Cups 8) Freedom - Sons Of Champlin 9) Gospel Song - Ace Of Cups
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The only other redeeming feature of this disc is a solid rendition of "Mona" by Quicksilver featuring a good vocal and guitar solo by the ever-underrated Gary Duncan. There's a couple of other tunes by Quicksilver here but they focus unfortunately on Dino Valenti, who is sort of like Al Pacino doing a bad impersonation of a rock star. Strangely, one of the great keyboard players of the 60's and 70's, Nicky Hopkins, is present and playing but the cameramen chose to ignore him completely.
Disc Two, "West Pole" is pretty much a total washout. The only plus here is to finally here and see the venerable musicologist/writer, Ralph J. Gleason,who did so much to promote the San Francisco scene as it was just emerging. But the song list is MISLEADING.Read more ›
As a musical journal, the version of the Airplane has different characteristics to what is considered by many as the classic lineup. Perhaps this may offend the sensibilities of the purists but things, and people, change. By the time of this recording, the Airplane's evolution was moving forward and would metamorphose again within a few years.
I was very disappointed personally with the clips of Quicksilver and in particular with the focus on Dino Valente while John Cipollina was virtually invisible. Gary Duncan and David Friedberg got a reasonable share of the filming and it is rather cruel irony that Valente's version of the band would persist while Cipollina went on to attain virtuoso status. Again, it is an historical footnote to one of the best, but unluckiest, bands of the era.
The second disc is rescued from mediocrity by the musical interludes of Dead, Airplane and QMS. It is a more historical semi-autobiographical documentary conducted by Ralph Gleason who distracts the viewer by his constant downward glances at his script. I am disinclined to crticise the attempts of Ace of Cups to make their mark in the company of even the Steve Miller band but they made a contribution to the scene as a whole and disappeared alongside hundreds of others.
All in all, not the best collection of Bay Area music, but a reasonable addition to a growing collection. Something to share with our children and our children's children, if they do not laugh too much at our antics.
As a sidenote, I have just learned of a Cheech and Chong reunion tour. Well I can tell you, Dave's not here.
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It's a great shame that there is so little live footage of such great bands as Jefferson Airplane, who were one of the finest rock bands around in the late sixties/early seventies. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Phil B
Go ride the music has an interesting live in the studio set with the Airplane. Well worth owning if you are interested in that band. Read morePublished 10 months ago by gijja
This was a well put together DVD. The sound was great the picture was great and their were some really good comments for fan that were going to the shows.Published on February 11, 2014 by Steve Harman
There are better shows out there, but this fills some holes for real collectors. If you have some spare change, pick this up.Published on November 29, 2013 by The Kidd
Rare close up look at 60, s groups, fantastic visual experience, makes you wanna tie dyeyour clothes and boogie downPublished on October 15, 2013 by gadget man
When PBS aired "Go Ride the Music" more than 40 years ago, it was indeed a pretty big deal. Most television accounts of San Francisco musicians at that time portrayed them as... Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by J. Herman
I grew up in the sixties, so reliving those times and hearing these great groups brought back a lot of memories, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Band , and others. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by C. Grunert
I first rented this from netflix because it featured the Airplane and the Dead, but it also held a great surprise. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Sam Ludlum