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VINE VOICEon July 26, 2011
I'm a huge fan of the Airplane and live music. I have been scarfing up most of the recently released ancient live recordings of my favorite bands, so I was delighted when I found this. Don't bother. The mix is so bad (particularly after the first two tracks) that the vocals (which are, by themselves, not bad at all) almost completely drown out all the instruments except the drums, except when no one is singing, or it's a Jorma tune where, for some reason, the mix is much better). Oddly enough, Kantner's 12-string is much louder than usual so you can actually hear him better than in most other recordings (but still not when Marty, Grace and he are singing). What you can hear of the instruments is OK, but not stellar. Not one of Jorma's better nights. Jack is OK but not nearly loud enough to compete with Spencer and the vocals. And what was supposed to the the piece de resistance - the 25 minute Jam with Jerry Garcia is pretty weak. Neither Jerry or Jorma ever really get into a groove in a too fast,drums too loud presumably chemically-enhanced athematic mishmash. Casady is inaudible, asleep or not there for large parts of the first 20 minutes or so, and the whole thing fails to gel as well as lots of previously recorded Jerry or Jorma jams available elsewhere.

I realize that I'm gonna get creamed by all those who gave this album a 5 star review, but they are probably the same folks that screamed their heads off at Dead shows in the early-mid 1980s when the Dead were at their all-time worst. This CD is not the worst recording in the world but it is pretty disappointing. I listened to it 3 times and then deleted it from my iPod. It was that bad.

There is lots of live JA out there that is way, way better. "Bless its Pointed Little Head" is infinitely better. So is " "Live at the Filllmore East" , Live at Woodstock, "30 Seconds Over Winterland" (even sans Marty) and the live cuts on the JA Box Set, "Jefferson Airplane Loves You".

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