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!
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.
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
LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Volunteers (180g Stereo) 1969´s Volunteers, whose release coincided with Jefferson Airplane´s performance at the Woodstock festival, is one of the group´s most popular albums. It´s also one of their most explicitly political efforts, calling for revolutionary action and countercultural unity on such memorable anthems as ´We Can Be Together,´ ´Wooden Ships,´ ´Eskimo Blue Day´ and the album´s iconic title song, with the band members´ formidable musicianship augmented by guest players Jerry Garcia and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers´ uncompromising stance originally made it a source of controversy; today, it´s recognized as a rock landmark. In their late-´60s heyday, Jefferson Airplane embodied the era´s revolutionary attitude and experimental spirit like no other rock act. Their unique combination of adventurous musicianship, visionary lyrics and personal charisma defined San Francisco psychedelia and established the band as quintessential Aquarian-age messengers. As part of it ongoing mission to present classic LPs in all their original sonic and visual glory, the first generation stereo masters were sourced and the cover art was meticulously reproduced.
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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 develo
LP auf SUNDAZED RECORDS von DONOVAN - Sunshine Superman - 180g Vinyl By 1966 Donovan had evolved beyond his initial folk troubadour style and fully embraced the budding ´flower power´ movement. Finding inspiration in jazz, blues, world music and West Coast U.S. rock, he partnered with top UK producer Mickie Most and arranger John Cameron to capture the sound he was pursuing in his mind. Their first collaboration, the ´Sunshine Superman´ single, was a smashing success, reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and establishing Donovan as a major pop star. Containing a prominent psychedelic vibe and featuring exotic instrumentation like sitar and tablas, it foreshadowed the Summer of Love zeitgeist by a full year. Recorded at EMI Studios London, it also featured session guitarist and soon-to-be Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page. Upon signing with Epic Records in the U.S., Donovan, Most and Cameron traveled to Los Angeles to continue recording at CBS Studios. The subject matter of the songs ran the gamut, reflecting Donovan´s interests and influences. ´The Fat Angel,´ a tribute to Mama Cass, also name checks The Jefferson Airplane (who returned the favor by covering the song on their live album Bless Its Pointed Little Head). ´Bert´s Blues´ honors UK folk pioneer Bert Jansch, a major influence on Donovan, Page and many other British guitarists. ´The Trip´ salutes the L.A. club of the same name and mentions Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, director Federico Fellini and the Buddhist concept of Zen in the lyrics. Elsewhere, the foreboding ´Season of the Witch´ served as the dark reflection of the cheery ´Sunshine Superman´ and remains one on Donovan´s most intriguing songs. Sessions for the Epic album, to be titled Sunshine Superman, concluded in May 1966 and it was released in the U.S. in September of that year. Due to a contract dispute with his former label, Pye Records, the album was not released in the UK until 1967, and then in a greatly altered form. The dispute, stemming from Donovan´s move to Epic, delayed the UK release of future recordings as well. This legal wrangling put Donovan in the rare position of a UK artist whose records came out in the U.S. before they appeared in his homeland. This Sundazed reissue has been sourced from the original analog Epic tapes in the rare U.S. MONO mix! Cameron´s arrangements sparkle as the instrument lineup varies from song to song (listen closely for Shawn Phillips on sitar!) as Most´s production expertly frames each track. Above all, Donovan delivers an incredible collection of songs, perfectly preserving a moment in time. It is now yours to enjoy forever.
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 or