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Jefferson Airplane



3.15 | 55 ratings

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Matthew T
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4 stars This was it, the end was nigh and for the last studio album in a band that has such success in the psychdelic era and even were at that music festival in the late sixties this is pretty good. One of the major members with others had departed and as with this album and the prevoius Bark theres is no Marty Balin.The band had hardly been together since the previous album Bark, as the majority were chasing their own solo projects and things to say the least do not look promising. This also was the bands second release on their Grunt Label and the second appearance of Papa John Creach who plays electric violin.

The sound of the band had gone through a transformation and this album could be best described as Hard Rock with some great guitar work from Jorma Kaukonen. Grace Slick gets to do do the majority of the vocals which suits me fine and it really is her and Jorma that make this album.

The title track is the first and gets off to a great tune with vocals provided by Grace and a great jagged guitar throughout by Jorma. Track 2 Aerie ( Gang of Eagles) is another rocker with Grace again and the pick of the tracks for me on this album with the first two are Milk Train, Trial By Fire (Blues Rock), Easter and the crazy Eat Starch Mama which is Grace having a good old bitter rant and one of the more interesting tracks on this album. The only Paul Kantner song that has any interest for me is Alexander The Medium and you get to hear Papa John Creach do his stuff, Paul Kantner shares vocals with Grace.

I will admit that although sloppy (They spent 3 Months ?) the songs have life and the sound is changed to one which is much heavier and Grace Slick to me is such a distintive vocalist from this great time in music, that she carries the day with Jorma and for the last album this one is a real driver in places and really is a surprise it is not a total mess but quite a good record. At least they were still changing and with Bark the previous it was different.

The cover was on its own as well with the cigar box.

Matthew T | 4/5 |


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