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Jefferson Airplane Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.)

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Jefferson Airplane: Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.)

(Real Gone Music) 14 tracks, limited edition of 1000 pieces, colored vinyl (blue)

At the muddy miracle that was Woodstock, the most miraculous performance just might have been Jefferson Airplane’s. The band had been one of the first to sign on for the festival, their imprimatur prompting many other acts to hop on board, and their stature had landed them a coveted headlining slot closing Saturday night’s schedule. But, as the torrential downpours and the unexpected crush of half a million people kept on delaying their set, the chances of putting on anything approaching a quality performance seemed to diminish. According to Paul Kantner, “We were supposed to go on at 10:30 at night and we’d been up and down about four or five times on acid that night, getting ready to go on, and then everything was delayed for whatever reasons. So, we didn’t get on until like 7:00 the next morning and everybody was pretty much burned out.” Kantner’s protestations to the contrary, the Airplane (with guest pianist Nicky Hopkins in tow) played a scorching two-hour set that defied the elements and the circumstances.

Grace Slick led the charge as the band plunged into a frenetic version of Fred Neil’s “The Other Side of This Life”: “Alright, friends, you have seen the heavy groups. Now you will see morning maniac music. Believe me, yeah. It’s a new dawn!” What followed was an adventuresome (and surprisingly tight) set that not only featured the band’s big hits like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” but also premiered songs from the Volunteers album that was still three months away from being released, including a 21-minute version of “Wooden Ships!” Indeed, about the only members of the crew who weren’t up to snuff were the ones filming the concert documentary, which explains why the Airplane is not one of the acts that commonly come to mind when thinking about Woodstock; they didn’t appear in the film due to subpar footage, and only one of their songs (“Volunteers”) was included the chart-topping 3-LP Woodstock release. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the most famous concert festival of all time, Real Gone Music is proud to present, for the first time ever on vinyl, Jefferson Airplane’s complete Woodstock performance. The 3-LP set comes inside a gorgeous, double-gatefold jacket sporting photos of the band at Woodstock, most of them taken by the legendary Henry Diltz; liner notes by folk-rock guru Richie Unterberger complete the package. Pressed in “New Dawn” blue vinyl limited to 1000 copies, this 50th Anniversary Edition makes a convincing claim that Jefferson Airplane’s Woodstock performance ranks right up there with those of Jimi, Sly, and Santana as a festival highlight.

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  • Interpret: Jefferson Airplane

  • Album titlle: Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label Real Gone Music

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Limited Edition
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0848064009115

  • weight in Kg 0.75
Jefferson Airplane - Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 1
01 Introduction Jefferson Airplane
02 The Other Side Of This Life Jefferson Airplane
03 Somebody To Love Jefferson Airplane
04 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds Jefferson Airplane
05 Won’T You Try/ Saturday Afternoon Jefferson Airplane
06 Eskimo Blue Day Jefferson Airplane
07 Plastic Fantastic Lover Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane - Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 2
01 Wooden Ships Jefferson Airplane
02 Uncle Sam Blues Jefferson Airplane
03 Volunteers Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane - Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (3-LP, Colored Vinyl, Ltd.) LP 3
01 The Ballad Of You & Me Pooneil Jefferson Airplane
02 Come Back Baby Jefferson Airplane
03 White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane
04 The House At pooneil Corners Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane became synonymous with the 'San Francisco Sound' in 1967... more
"Jefferson Airplane"

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane became synonymous with the 'San Francisco Sound' in 1967 when both 'Somebody To Love' and 'White Rabbit' were Top Ten hits on RCA. Although the critical consensus is that the Airplane reached their peak in 1970, they remain, with the Grateful Dead, the most long-lasting and prolific of the groups to emerge from Haight-Ashbury in the late Sixties. Formed on the initiative of singer Marty Balin, who had recorded solo sides for Challenge in the early Sixties, the group was born out of a bunch of ex-folk musicians, who began playing folk-rock at the Matrix in the summer of 1965.

One of the earliest San Francisco bands to establish themselves at the centre of the growing local culture, they were the first to secure a recording con-tract. The advance paid by RCA was said to be $25,000, and by the time the first album (Jefferson Airplane Takes Off) was recorded the following winter, the group was fully electric. Although it was, in parts, derivative of the Beatles and the Lovin' Spoonful, the record showed how innovative the Jefferson Airplane were to be. From the beginning they saw their music as a means of breaking down established tradi-tions and mores : hence the unabashed way they celebrated the drug culture, as early as 1965. Following the release of Takes Off, singer Signe Anderson left to be replaced by Grace Slick from the Great Society, another San Francisco group. Drummer Skip Spence also departed, to form Moby Grape.

The remaining personnel remained together for the next four years. They were Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar (born Dec. 23, 1940), Jack Casady, bass (April 4, 1944), Paul Kantner, guitar and vocals (March 3, 1941); Marty Balin, vocals (Jan. 30, 1943), Grace Slick, vocals (Oct. 10, 1939) and Spencer Dryden, drums (April 7, 1938). They were a co-operative, multi-media band, with posters, album-sleeves, dance promotion and Glenn McKay's Headlights light show all integral parts of their activity. The late Sixties also saw them at a creative zenith as a recording group with Surrealis-tic Pillow (1967), After Bathing At Baxters and Crown Of Creation (1968), the live Bless its Little Pointed Head and the politically oriented Volunteers (1969).

Grace Slick was an important addition to the band. She strengthened its visual and musical identity (through her harmonies with Balin). And she was the composer of the Airplane's two hit singles, 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody To Love'. Equally important was the group's electronic experimentation, in the extended instrumental passages of songs like '3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds' and 'The Ballad Of You, Me And Pooneil'.

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