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LP (12" album, 33 rpm), Import
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Vinyl release of the Jefferson Airplane singers first official solo album. Originally released in 1974, and featuring Craig Chaquico, Jack Casady, Paul Kantner, David Crosby, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, and a 42 piece orchestra. Orchestrated psychedelia at it's finest!
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I mean the talent on all these albums and so many amazing songs and artist contributing.It is so simply so of that communal spirit that propelled this movement to the heights it reached in the first place.
I thought this one was never transferred to CD so when I just stumbled upon it I was quite excited.I mean for Grace this has some of her best work ever.The opening track "Jay", is very reminiscent of David Crobsy's " Music is Love" and it is a very interesting piece that just draws you into a mystic sensory environment that is very cool. The title track "Manhole" is epic and is a tour de force for Grace, backed by a full orchestra and the all the usual players of this time, it is a dramatic and passionate piece. Grace just soars, and granted Spanish may not be her forte, she does pull it off and you have to give her credit for that. I also love her piano playing and there is plenty on this disc. I think it is Jerry Garcia who even plays banjo at the end of the song, but he is not listed in the credits. The re-mastering on this disc is remarkable.
Side two starts off, with Grace roaring out of the left channel into a sweet melody that may be one of her most honest songs she sang, although the lyrics are quite cryptic and it is play on sounds and words that make it one of my favorite tracks on the album.
I love the Freiberg/Hunter songs and this one, although not as deep as Harp tree Lament, is a excellent song with Paul singing with David, which they still do to this day so go see them live, and they are such a perfect contrast with the two voices becoming one.It is one of those songs that seems timeless and speaks about the shifting times and of the grand past all these folks shared.
" Better Lying Down" is just a funny bluesy perfect Grace in your face song simmering with that sensuality that we all love from her.
" Epic (#38) is a classic Kantner tune that ends the album on a strong note and features some great back up singing from Grace as well.
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.