Coming together in the fervent folk scene of San Francisco, Marty Balin (vocals), Signe Toly Anderson (vocals), Paul Kantner (guitar) and Jorma Kaukonen (guitar) played their first shows as the Jefferson Airplane in 1965. As their performance chops developed, they continued to fine tune the band, adding Jack Casady (bass) and Skip Spence (drums). This lineup quickly built a loyal following around town, aided in no small part by San Francisco Chronicle jazz critic Ralph J. Gleason´s glowing reviews of their live sets. By December of that year, they had signed to RCA Records for a then-huge $25,000 advance and began recording their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Because the group had not performed outside of their hometown, RCA pressed a relatively modest 15,000 copies in mono to launch the album in September 1966. Such was their popularity in the Bay area that 10,000 albums were sold in San Francisco alone, requiring the label to repress in larger quantities. However, the label executives had already expressed displeasure with some of the album´s song lyrics. Balin and Kantner´s ´´Runnin´ ´Round This World´´ contained the line ´´the nights I´ve spent with you have been fantastic trips´´ which the label belated interpreted as a drug reference. Furthermore, they bristled at the lines ´´you shut your door, you know where´´ and ´´don´t tell me you want money´´ in ´´Let Me In´´ and also took issue with the lyric ´´flowers that sway as you lay under me´´ from ´´Run Around.´´ Asserting its clout, RCA deleted ´´Runnin´ ´Round This World´´ and had the group record alternate lyric lines for ´´Let Me In´´ and ´´Run Around´´ for subsequent pressings of the album. As any collector would rightly assume, this made original mono editions with ´´Runnin´ ´Round This World´´ and the uncensored versions of ´´Let Me In´´ and ´´Run Around´´ highly sought-after artifacts. Setting aside the controversy, the album is a brilliant folk rock document, largely written by the group members themselves. Well-chosen covers include John D. Loudermilk´s ´´Tobacco Road´´ and Dino Valenti´s ´´Let´s Get Together,´´ recorded years before it became a hit for the Younbgbloods under the title ´´Get Together.´´ Balin and Anderson´s vocals blend seamlessly and Kaukonen, Kantner and Casady acquit themselves admirably. Only Skip Spence, who was really a singer-guitarist and not a drummer, needed backup in the studio. That assistance came from session drummer Spencer Dryden, who would soon join the group upon Spence´s departure. Of course, Spence subsequently formed Moby Grape, giving his departure a truly happy ending. Anderson also announced that she was leaving the group after giving birth to her first daughter in May 1966. Luckily, the band had only to look to their frequent opening act, The Great Society, for a new female vocalist but that is a story for another album. The next one, in fact. After years of being a high-dollar, hard-to-find collectible, Sundazed comes to the consumer´s rescue with this exact reissue of the ORIGINAL, UNCENSORED MONO EDITION of Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Sourced from the RCA analog mono masters, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in a faithful recreation of the album artwork, you can now own the inaugural flight of this legendary band for the first time in nearly four decades!
God made all the places you can travel to by air. The lesson that God is everywhere is something that young and old alike can understand. Airplanes, Airplanes, Airplanes takes listeners on a trip to see all the wonderful things God has created. Come enjoy the glory that is the work of God´s hands. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda DeWeese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tate/000279de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Surrealistic Pillow Not many bands go from an auspicious debut to an even greater second album, but Jefferson Airplane was no ordinary band. Quickly filling the drum position vacated by Skip Spence, they tapped session drummer and jazz specialist Spencer Dryden. For the co-lead vocalist position left open by Signe Anderson´s departure, they looked no further than the Great Society vocalist Grace Slick. Convinced to join Jefferson Airplane by bassist Jack Casady, Slick signed on and the band bought out her contract with the Great Society for $750. With the new lineup complete, they began work on Surrealistic Pillow. In addition to her strong vocal skills and model-ready looks, Grace Slick also brought with her two songs which would be recorded for the new album and would help break the band on an international scale. ´Somebody to Love,´ written by her then brother-in-law Darby Slick, had already been released on a single to little fanfare by the Great Society, from a session produced by Sylvester ´Sly Stone´ Stewart. ´White Rabbit,´ an interpretation of Lewis Carroll´s ´Alice in Wonderland,´ was Grace´s own composition. And boy, if RCA was nervous over lyrics on the band´s first album, they must´ve been positively apoplectic when they heard ´White Rabbit´! (For more, see the entry for Jefferson Airplane Takes Off.) Nevertheless, the song was released as a single, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other Slick-associated song, ´Somebody to Love,´ fared even better, reaching #5. Sales of these two chart-topping singles not only drove Surrealistic Pillow sales through the roof, they also tipped the balance of power away from band founder Marty Balin to Slick. It was a one-two punch from which Balin never fully recovered. The album´s heady mix of folk rock and psychedelia had a much harder edge than the band´s debut. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen´s stinging leads and Slick´s tough, assured vocals marked a major move forward. Lead track ´She Has Funny Cars´ updated the Bo Diddley beat for a new generation while album closer ´Plastic Fantastic Lover´ is a multi-color swirl, driven by Kaukonen and Casady´s swooping bass lines. In between, the album´s quality control never lags. With all but two selections written by the band, it is also a stellar showcase of their songwriting abilities that, as previously noted, had been significantly strengthened by Slick´s arrival. Initially released in mono and stereo versions, the mono edition quickly went out of print due to the period´s preference for stereo. Collectors fortunate enough to obtain a mono copy noted that the mix was much more powerful and clearer than the stereo mix, with much less echo and reverb. Consequently, the mono version became a much-desired collectable. After a decades long absence, Sundazed makes the prized mono version of Surrealistic Pillow available again. Mastered from the original analog RCA session tapes and packaged in a vibrant recreation of the LP jacket artwork, this seminal album awaits its debut on your turntable!m
There was once a little green airplane named Andrew. Not only is Andrew the Airplane smart, but he´s also great at his job. Nobody could fly like Andrew the Airplane, but now the newer and bigger planes don´t think Andrew is good enough to keep up with them. They tease Andrew and tell him that he´s far too small to be a good plane. They say that he´s too old to fly in the air and deliver packages. The other planes start to get more deliveries than Andrew because they are bigger and can travel longer distances. Unfortunately for Andrew, he´s stored away in the plane hangar while the other planes become more popular. No one remembers that Andrew the Airplane is great in the air and the world moves on. Packages get delivered and poor old Andrew the Airplane is left alone. Well, until your child comes along and encourages him by building his self-esteem and showing Andrew how important and special he really is. One day a very large storm hits and manages to split the runway in half. None of the newer and bigger planes can use the runway because now it´s too small. The nearby town´s electricity has gone out and the people living there need fresh supplies. But with most of the planes being far too large, how can the supplies be delivered using such a small runway? Will Andrew the Airplane be able to prove that he has what it takes to deliver the supplies to the stranded townspeople, or are the big planes right, and is Andrew just far too small to be of any help? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charles D. Baker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/047932de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How do you follow up a smash hit? If you´re Jefferson Airplane, you record the most experimental, non-commercial album of your career! After Bathing at Baxter´s is the Airplane let loose in the studio in 1967, creating without restraint. Taken from the original RCA Victor mono masters, this is the true sound of San Francisco.