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JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – the WORST of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . November 1970
“Worst” is seriously one of 00individual’s favorite Rock albums, each song is a gem unto itself and the album flows perfectly and covers a lot of important ground; a “time stamp” of an era of music and feeling that will forever be part of my soul.
The Airplanes’s sarcastic rebel title for the “best” typifies the early anti-establishment attitude of this seminal ’60s Rock band. Leaders of the San Francisco Psychedelic Sound, they were also strong social protesters through many of their songs’ empowering lyrics.
Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden; Rock Titan names you remember always.
Slick and Balin were two of the most unique voices in Rock and together they are an untouchable duet – they both reach that Van Morrison level where their voices transcend and become musical instruments. Grace wanted to be able to vocalize the sound of a guitar – she did, and beyond.
Casady and Dryden were a singular amazing rhythm basis for Kaukonen’s perfect guitar creations – Jorma was one of the best and literally defined the “60’s guitar sound”.
Jefferson Airplane spoke our language and articulated it well. Their place in Rock History is vital to the understanding of the beginnings and of the vibe of the Counter Culture. Their music, attitude, look and mere presence served as a strong green light for the heartfelt anti-establishment, anti-war, pro-drug, pro-peace and love movement that we were backing, promoting and living.
During the mid-’60s “Album Rock” began to increase – many times the “unknown” songs on an LP were much better than the songs that were promoted.
“White Rabbit, “Somebody To Love” and “It’s No Secret” are the songs that made JA popular but it was the other songs from their LPs like; “Today”, “Plastic Fantastic Lover”, “The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil” and the one-two punch of “We Can Be Together” and “Volunteers” that powered JA to cult status within the Counter Culture.
Other SF bands like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Janis Joplin and Big Brother, Country Joe and the Fish, Steve Miller, Blue Cheer and L.A. bands like the Doors, Love, the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield led the psychedelic West Coast sound that benefited from the early Album Rock era.
We liked to listen to entire albums as background music while we smoked a joint or bowl of hash over memorable enjoyable conversations; eventually someone would hush the conversations with a, “Listen!”, alerting all of us to a particular cool song or riff that immediately became the foreground and the focus of our interest. Scenes like that happened alot; many times we would be entranced by the music and there would be no conversation at all. We were all on the same trip; we fully appreciated the gift of music we were being given.
A dream “Worst” double-album would be side 1 and 2 and for side 3; “Wooden Ships”, “3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds”, “Good Shepard”, the classic Acid Rock thwomper “Two Heads“, the absolute ethereal thrill, “Coming Back To Me” and “She Has Funny Cars” (which really should have been on “Worst”) and side four could consist of “Spare Chaynge”.
Even though all of the tracks on “Worst” are from mid-to-late ’60s JA LP releases and should technically be on the Top 69 Historic and Classic 1960s Rock Albums list; I stuck to the release date of the album, November 1970, and made it an official entry on the Top 79 Historic and Classic 1970s Rock Albums list.
Like a good friend; it’s always a pleasure to enjoy the exquisite company of the “Worst”:
1. It’s No Secret … 2:37 2. Blues From An Airplane … 2:10 3. Somebody To Love … 2:54 4. Today … 2:57 5. White Rabbit … 2:27 6. Embryonic Journey … 1:51 7. Martha … 3:21
8. The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil… 4:30 9. Crown Of Creation … 2:53
10. Chushingura … 1:17 11. Lather … 2:55 12. Plastic Fantastic Lover (live Version) … 3:39 13. Good Shepherd … 4.22, 14. We Can Be Together … 5:50 15. Volunteers … 2:03
Whenever I hear these songs and/or their LPs, I am not only instantly transported back to that magical, mystical time but to the specific feelings of entering the New World I was experiencing during ’66 to ’70.
Every day began with the anticipation of excitement, … seriously, deliriously…
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