Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

Jefferson Airplane

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane album cover
1.74 | 23 ratings | 5 reviews | 0% 5 stars

Write a review
Buy JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Planes (4:26)
2. Freedom (4:54)
3. Solidarity (5:08)
4. Madeleine Street (4:15)
5. Ice Age (4:16)
6. Summer Of Love (4:15)
7. The Wheel (6:08)
8. Common Market Mardrigal (2:46)
9. True Love (3:43)
10. Upfront Blues (2:02)
11. Now Is The Time (4:53)
12. Too Many Years (4:10)
13. Panda (3:37)

Lyrics

Search JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Jefferson Airplane lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Jefferson Airplane tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Grace Slick / vocals, keyboards
- Paul Kantner / vocals, guitars
- Marty Balin / vocals
- Jack Casady / bass
- Jorma Kaukonen / vocals, guitars

Guest Musicians:

- David Paich / keyboards
- Mike Porcaro / bass
- Steve Porcaro / keyboard programming


Releases information

Epic 45271 October 1989

Thanks to akin for the addition
Edit this entry

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Jefferson Airplane Music


The Essential Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/StarshipThe Essential Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship
Sony Legacy 2012
Audio CD$11.64
$10.85 (used)
The Worst Of Jefferson AirplaneThe Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
Remastered
Sony Legacy 2006
Audio CD$3.96
$2.49 (used)
Jefferson Airplane Takes OffJefferson Airplane Takes Off
SBME SPECIAL MKTS. 2010
Audio CD$2.91
$2.66 (used)
Sweeping Up the Spotlight - Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969Sweeping Up the Spotlight - Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969
SBME SPECIAL MKTS. 2010
Audio CD$2.86
$2.79 (used)
The Essential Jefferson AirplaneThe Essential Jefferson Airplane
Remastered
Sony Legacy 2005
Audio CD$9.22
$7.19 (used)
White Rabbit: Ultimate Jefferson Airplane CollWhite Rabbit: Ultimate Jefferson Airplane Coll
Import
Imports 2015
Audio CD$3.15
$6.71 (used)
Jefferson Airplane - Flight Log 66-76Jefferson Airplane - Flight Log 66-76
Import
BGO 2015
Audio CD$9.62
$9.62 (used)
Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit B/w Plastic Fantastic LoverJefferson Airplane: White Rabbit B/w Plastic Fantastic Lover
Original recording
RCA Records
Vinyl$6.99 (used)
Playlist: The Very Best Of Jefferson AirplanePlaylist: The Very Best Of Jefferson Airplane
SBME SPECIAL MKTS. 2015
Audio CD$3.12
$5.20 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Takes Off 180G Vinyl LP - MOVLP1501 USD $25.09 Buy It Now 2h 47m
The Jefferson Airplane Record LP vinyl VG USD $1.00 [0 bids]
2h 50m
Hot Tuna 3 lp Lot Phosphorescent Rat, Hoppkorv & Jefferson Airplane - Worst Of USD $24.99 Buy It Now 3h 12m
Jefferson Airplane - Bark ( Iconoclassic Remaster With Bonus Tracks), Audio CD USD $17.54 Buy It Now 3h 18m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE MY BEST FRIEND/HOW DO YOU FEEL RCA 9063 M- USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3h 28m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE TWO HEADS/BALL OF YOU & ME & POONEIL RCA 9297 M- USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3h 32m
Jefferson Airplane - Live At The Fillmore East [CD New] USD $6.35 Buy It Now 3h 36m
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off RCA Victor LPM-3584 Vinyl LP w/ SHRINK USD $39.99 Buy It Now 3h 48m
Jefferson Airplane Self Titled LP 1989 RCA Grace Slick Marty Balin Vinyl Record USD $9.49 Buy It Now 4h 11m
GRACE SLICK Seasons DJ 45 VG++ US 1980 RCA 11939 Jefferson Airplane mono stereo USD $14.98 Buy It Now 4h 18m
1 CENT CD St. Vincent OST jefferson airplane / nyzzy nyce / tweedy USD $0.20 [3 bids]
4h 32m
ONE [1] Come LP M- US 1972 orig Grunt FTR 1008 psych rock Jefferson Airplane USD $29.98 Buy It Now 4h 33m
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers [Vinyl LP Sealed] MoFi MFSL 45 RPM 180g Ltd RTI USD $41.99 Buy It Now 4h 42m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Volunteers USA RCA w/ Insert Psych VG++ VINYL LP USD $20.00 Buy It Now 4h 50m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - SURREALISTIC PILLOW - BEST BUY EX LP VINYL RECORD -L USD $14.99 Buy It Now 4h 58m
Sweeping Up the Spotlight - Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969, N USD $10.97 Buy It Now 4h 59m
PAPA JOHN CREACH Grunt FTR-1003 LP VG+(+)US 1971 orig Jefferson Airplane rel USD $10.98 Buy It Now 4h 59m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (GRACE SLICK)-FLIGHT LOG 1966-1976 NO BARCODES NM/VG+ 2LP USD $10.98 Buy It Now 5h
Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane (2003, CD New) USD $7.59 Buy It Now 5h 21m
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers UK 1st pressing Gatefold 1970 RCA/Victor Records USD $30.12 Buy It Now 5h 25m
Jefferson Airplane 2400 Fulton Street Double Vinyl Europe USD $31.37 Buy It Now 5h 26m
CD---**CASSETTE**Jefferson Airplane-Loves You Box Set 3 cassette box set w.book USD $24.99 Buy It Now 5h 27m
CD-Jack Cassidy-dream factor~Jefferson Airplane~2003 effort USD $6.99 Buy It Now 5h 46m
SEALED 8-Track BODACIOUS D. F. (RCA) Marty Balin Jefferson Airplane USD $17.98 Buy It Now 5h 49m
SEALED 8-Track JACK BONUS Grunt 1972 Grootna Marty Balin Jefferson Airplane USD $16.98 Buy It Now 5h 49m
SEALED 8-Track GROOTNA psych Balin Jefferson Airplane USD $17.98 Buy It Now 5h 49m
KBC Lp Nr Mint x Jefferson Airplane Balin/Kantner/Casady USD $3.99 [0 bids]
5h 50m
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) - El Diablo/Dreams - Dutch RCA PB 9584 P/S EX USD $3.14 [0 bids]
5h 56m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE "SURREALISTIC PILLOW" LSP-3766 12" LP ORANGE LABEL PSYCH 1969 USD $17.79 Buy It Now 6h 22m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE~CROWN OF CREATION~MINT~LATHER~RCA 9644 ~ POP 45 USD $17.99 Buy It Now 6h 25m
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow 1967 1st ed RCA LSP 3766 USD $25.00 Buy It Now 6h 27m
Nothing in Particular * by Jefferson Airplane. USD $19.41 Buy It Now 6h 29m
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off [2003 Bonus Tracks] by Jefferson Airplane. USD $10.97 Buy It Now 6h 29m
JEFFERSON "Airplane, Starship, Hot Tuna" ORIGINAL & VERY SCARCE 1990 Spain CD USD $55.00 Buy It Now 6h 38m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - 30 SECONDS OVER WINTERLAND GATEFOLD COVER RECORD ALBUM LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 6h 46m
Jefferson Airplane Flight Log LP USD $10.99 Buy It Now 7h 10m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE " Bark " Record Grunt FTR-1001 #513 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 7h 34m
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow Sealed No Bar Code USD $24.99 [0 bids]
7h 41m
Jefferson Airplane Volunteers 12" Vinyl Record 1969 NMINT USD $17.70 Buy It Now 7h 58m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - JEFFERSON AIRPLANE 1989 EPIC STEREO AUDIO CASSETTE USD $6.27 [0 bids]
8h 17m
Paul Kantner & Grace Slick - Sunfighter (1971) Vinyl Jefferson Airplane Starship USD $4.49 Buy It Now 8h 18m
CD Blue Country Heart Jorma Kaukonen jefferson airplane USD $5.21 Buy It Now 8h 36m
Jefferson Airplane "After Bathing at Baxtesr" vinyl Record USD $12.00 Buy It Now 8h 37m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - Surrealistic Pillow LP (1st US STEREO "deep-groove" Press) USD $54.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
GRACE SLICK - Manhole LP (RARE US Press on GRUNT w/Insert ex-Jefferson Airplane) USD $24.99 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Jefferson Airplane; Bark on LP USD $11.99 Buy It Now 8h 47m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Almost Starshipshape Winterland 1970 Vinyl LP ZAP 7855 USD $50.00 Buy It Now 8h 51m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE The Essential 2CD Best Of BRAND NEW USD $10.66 Buy It Now 9h
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE / STARSHIP - Hits RARE OOP 35Trk 1998 2CD Set EX Grace Slick USD $3.00 [0 bids]
9h 4m
Jefferson Airplane LP, Volunteers, LSP 3238, VG+ USD $8.95 Buy It Now 9h 18m
Vinyl record albums 3 Jefferson Airplane Starship Grace Slick Bark Worst Of USD $12.00 [0 bids]
9h 36m
Jefferson Airplane & Starship / Bark & Winds of Change 12" Vinyl LP Records Set USD $5.25 Buy It Now 10h
The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane Quadraphonic 8 Track Tape W/sleeve Quad USD $27.50 Buy It Now 10h 4m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Long John Silver PICTURE SLEEVE ONLY USD $39.95 Buy It Now 10h 16m
The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane by Jefferson Airplane (CD, 1997, RCA) USD $7.99 Buy It Now 10h 19m
Jefferson Airplane Worst Of RCA LSP-4459 LP Record USD $9.00 Buy It Now 10h 26m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: Long John Silver LP (intact gimmick cover, inner sleeve, sl USD $10.00 Buy It Now 11h 20m
GREATEST EVER PROG ROCK 3 CD NEW+ URIAH HEEP/NAZARETH/JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/+ USD $22.86 Buy It Now 11h 51m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - BARK/LONG JOHN SILVER CD NEW+ USD $26.26 Buy It Now 12h 4m
Jefferson Airplane-Crown Of Creation MFSL LP Limited Ed #3270 only 5000 Made NM USD $96.58 Buy It Now 12h 17m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Bless It's Pointed Little Head RCA Orig PSYCH Blues FAT ANGEL USD $7.77 Buy It Now 12h 58m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE STRIP OF 10 MINT MUSIC STAMPS 2 USD $5.02 Buy It Now 13h 9m
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow [CD New] USD $7.29 Buy It Now 13h 29m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE STRIP OF 10 MINT MUSIC STAMPS 3 USD $5.02 Buy It Now 14h 13m
LP Jefferson Airplane Bark 1971 1st Grunt Pressing FTR-1001+ Insert USD $9.99 [0 bids]
14h 19m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE STRIP OF 10 MINT MUSIC STAMPS 4 USD $5.02 Buy It Now 14h 20m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE STRIP OF 10 MINT MUSIC STAMPS 1 USD $5.02 Buy It Now 15h 6m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE STRIP OF 10 MINT MUSIC STAMPS 5 USD $5.02 Buy It Now 15h 17m
Jefferson Airplane - Best Of NEW CD USD $4.54 Buy It Now 15h 21m
2400 Fulton Street: An Anthology by Jefferson Airplane 2 CD Set Like New USD $9.95 Buy It Now 16h 15m
Jefferson Airplane - Journey (The Best of) (CD 2001) Very good + condition USD $2.50 [0 bids]
17h 9m
After Bathing At Baxter's by Jefferson Airplane [Format: Vinyl] FREE SHIPPING USD $37.06 Buy It Now 17h 23m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - VOLUNTEERS - STEREO LP - 1986 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 17h 38m
RARE OLD ROCK ROLL MUSIC RECORD ALBUM ~JEFFERSON AIRPLANE~ VINTAGE VINYL LP 1971 USD $22.95 Buy It Now 17h 47m
Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Vinyl Record USD $13.74 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Jefferson Airplane Jefferson Airplane Vinyl Record USD $13.74 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Flight Log Jefferson Airplane Vinyl Record USD $22.53 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Gold Jefferson Airplane Vinyl Record USD $20.02 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Gold Jefferson Airplane Vinyl Record USD $20.02 Buy It Now 19h 28m
Jefferson Airplane - Original Album Classics - CD X 5 (2008) Psych USD $20.07 Buy It Now 20h 23m
Isle Of Wight Festival 1968 Ticket (Jefferson Airplane/Move/Tyrannosaurus Rex) USD $156.86 Buy It Now 20h 26m
Jorma Kaukonen & Tom Hobson Quah CD+Bonus Tracks NEW Remaster Jefferson Airplane USD $7.52 Buy It Now 20h 48m
Jefferson Airplane - Plastic Fantastic Airplane NEW CD USD $6.41 Buy It Now 21h
Long John Silver Jefferson Airplane Record Vinyl LP VG Gatefold USD $7.98 Buy It Now 21h 35m
Jefferson Airplane - She Has Funny Cars - Jefferson Airplane CD BYVG USD $5.97 Buy It Now 21h 45m
LOT OF 4 LP'S Eric Clapton,Johnny Cash,Emerson Lake & Palmer,Jefferson Airplane USD $39.00 Buy It Now 21h 55m
Jefferson Airplane Bark vinyl LP includes cardboard bag Grunt FTR-1001 USD $15.99 Buy It Now 21h 57m
Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing At Baxter's NEW CD USD $18.37 Buy It Now 22h 53m
* JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - 2400 Fulton Street - 2CD USD $6.99 Buy It Now 23h 14m
Jefferson Airplane After Bathing At Baxter's LP 1967 pressing USD $5.00 [0 bids]
USD $10.00 Buy It Now
23h 34m
Jefferson Airplane Bark LP 1971 pressing Third Week In The Chelsea USD $5.00 [0 bids]
USD $10.00 Buy It Now
23h 34m
Jefferson Airplane S/T Epic LP 1989 Slick Kantner Balin Cassidy Kaukonen USD $7.99 Buy It Now 23h 39m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - "Flight Log" - 1977 - 2 Record Album - CYL2-1255 / NM USD $24.99 Buy It Now 23h 52m
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE THE WORST OF CD(FACTORY SEALED)1997 RCA RECORDS 07863 67420-2 USD $13.99 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE surrealistic pillow rare psych MONO LPM-3766 EX LP USD $60.01 Buy It Now 1 day
PAUL KANTNER - Blows Against The Empire - LP - Jefferson Airplane / Starship USD $9.17 Buy It Now 1 day
Jefferson Airplane 30 Seconds Over Winterland LP USD $5.85 Buy It Now 1 day
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - THIRTY SECONDS OVER WINTERLAND 2013 JAPAN MINI LP CD USD $25.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Jefferson Airplane Bless Its Pointed Little Hea SEALED USA 1980 PROMO VINYL LP USD $44.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow SEALED USA 1983 PROMO VINYL LP USD $44.99 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy JEFFERSON AIRPLANE music online Buy JEFFERSON AIRPLANE & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Jefferson Airplane ratings distribution


1.74
(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(0%)
0%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
26%
Collectors/fans only (48%)
48%
Poor. Only for completionists (26%)
26%

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Jefferson Airplane reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars 2.5 stars really!!

Well, I am not sure that JA needed to risk their legend on this album. But after the final crash of that awful Starship (which had lost its Jefferson moniker some four or five years earlier), which had no link at all with the original group, Grace Slick and the other reunited in its almost classic line-up. Everybody was present from either Hot Tuna or other projects. Only Spencer Dryden was missing, and from what I gathered, they simply thought he would not be interestred, which turned out to be false.

But was the Airplane going to succeed in a second take-off, or was this a just-once reunion? Well it turned out to be a one-shot deal and when listening to the album, we can safely say that, it was not going to last too long. After a strong start with the first three songs being of the calibre of bark or LJS, and the excellent Ice Age (Kaukonen- penned), unfortunately when you expect the album to really head for the higher atmosphere with the promising Summer Of Love, things come to an almost-crash. Indeed this Balin-penned track is a syrupy ballad, and no matter how much a frequent Airplane flyer you are, it is insipid and mediocre. Unfortunately, this was not just one air-hole; the flight would become quite turbulent for the rest of the album.

On the up-side of things, one could've expected disaster with such a risqué album, but JA avoids a few traps that other classic bands fell into later: the usual awful drumming of that 80's period is not present here (well just one track). Their drummer does have the sound of 80's drummers but plays very much the 70's way throughout most tracks (well playing with Casady as your bassist will kick your butt in to shape), and although not great, the drumming is fitting. I wish groups like T2 or Procol Harum (with the awful Prodigal stranger album), had not fallen into this trap (set by the industry), but JA had too much a rebel attitude left in them, to refuse too much pressure. Unfortunately the second part of the album is made of sub-par tracks that have a filler feeling to them. The instrumental Upfront Blues being the better track in the end of the album, this gives a clear view that most of the members brought their own songs beforehand and therefore few (just one IMHO) were written collegially.

Hardly essential, even for the more die-hard fans, this album is not far from the level of Bark or LJS, and almost on-par with the better Jefferson Starship albums, and certainly better than the dreadful Starship crap discs.

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars Most of the legendary line-up is there. After longs years of solo careers for some of them, some Jefferson Starship or simply Starship for some others, they decided to join again and delivered this album. IMO, the Airplane made a big mistake when they stopped between "Volunteers" and "Bark". These two years sounded like ages and lots of fans just forgot them. The gap now is over fifteen years; so who can still be interested in JA ? I do not know.

The opening track is a nice rock song for most of it. "Freedom" is a beautiful track : nice piano and guitar work. Needless to say that Grace is great on the vocals, right ? She is again wonderful in this jazzy-rock and soft ballad. The album goes on in a pleasant mood but nothing great, I'm afraid : "Solidarity" is a good rock song : the best number on this effort. But that's it for this album.

"Ice Age" is a useless jazzy tune which leaves me rather dubious about this album and the intention behind it. Should they really believe that their old fan databse was going to jump and by this record just because it was a JA release ? I can tell you, at the time of release, this album have never drawn my attentin and I guess I am not the only one in that case.

The bottom is reached with "Madeleine Street" : a syrupous ballad unworthy of the Airplane. What a pity to go that low ! "True Love" sounds miserable as well. FM music, could you believe ? The bluesy intrumental "Upfront Blues" won't add anything to the Airplane grandeur : very poor. Even Grace can not save a track like "Now Is The Time" : the album goes on and on with the same tasteless sound and feeling. I really feel sorry for this but I can't help : this is not good at all.

"Too Many years" reminds me of a Neil Diamond song. How could the Airplane go that low ?

The band shouldn't have released this album. It is really a blunder. Almost boring during these fifty four minutes or so. Their fame would at least have been intact. Anyway, thank you guys to have delivered such nice pieces of music and thank you Grace to have provided me with so much pleasure to listen to your marvelous voice during al those years.

Unfortunately, this is the album too much. Here and there a good song (like "Common Market Madrigal" one of the shortest song here and "Panda", the closing number being less miserable than the rest of the album). One little star.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars Jefferson Airplane is the self-titled eigth full-length studio album by American west coast rock act Jefferson Airplane. A re-union album after 17 years. 17 years where the band members had worked with other bands such as Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna. The stars alligned in 1988-1989 and made it possible for the classic lineup from the sixties ( except drummer Spencer Dryden) to reunite and record this album.

The music is pop/ rock with a blues feel but also a more eighties AOR feel to some of the songs that we haven´t heard from the band before. You could say that they´ve followed the times. The production is also clearly from the late eighties with a high end drum sound and lots of chorus on the drums too. There´s an ugly keyboard piano sound that is used a lot too which really doesn´t give the music the warmth it needs. The songs are generally well written but it´s hard not to get the feeling that they are not really that relevant and that this reunion perhaps wasn´t the best idea. The musicianship is of course of high class as usual but I wouldn´t expect less from experienced musicians like these.

Jefferson Airplane is IMO a bit of a dispensable album in Jefferson Airplane´s discography and I would always advice newcommers to the band to listen to all other albums by the band before this one. It´s not a bad album but I have no personal interest in it. A 2 star rating is fair. Had the album had a more organic sound it would have helped on my impression.

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
2 stars One more poke at the corpse with this 1989 'reunion' offering featuring most of the lineup that made the band famous. The late Spencer Dryden was not invited to participate, banished like that cousin from a family gathering who got drunk five years ago and tried to feel up your sister in the hotel pool. Even though the band members seemed so enamored of each other they practically dry-humped on the album cover, Paul Kantner still couldn't bring himself to forgive Dryden for past sins during the group's heyday in the late sixties. And that slight tends to jade the over-the-top 'group hug' nostalgia found on songs like "Summer of Love" and "Too Many Years". John Mellancamp drummer Kenny Aronoff fills in for Dryden on the album as well as the supporting tour that followed.

Most fans probably had mixed feelings about the music on this album, and possibly about the idea of the reunion itself. The band presents itself as elder statesmen here, survivors of an era where so many of their peers were left strewn along the trail. Most of the counter- culture swagger is gone, replaced by a collection of backward-looking and sometimes overbearing anthems for a generation of sit-in/love-in/free concert festival refugees. The music itself is quite good, thanks to a host of guest musicians including several members of Toto, Jorma Kaukonen's little brother and fellow sixties survivors Flo & Eddie. Ron Nevison, fresh of reclamation projects with Chicago, Europe and Survivor provides a fine studio production sheen for the music.

The group are clearly enjoying their roles as elder statesmen, and like I said the music is pretty decent throughout, although the lyrics tend to be somewhat self-indulgent at times and border on preachy with tracks like "Now is the Time", "Freedom" and "Solidarity". "Now is the Time" sounds more like a Starship tune than an Airplane one, and the band only approaches their classic Airplane sound with the brief instrumental "Upfront Blues". Everywhere else the music is firmly rooted in that eighties sound of easy-listening sheen and rather vapid lyrics. And since this is at heart a San Francisco band the themes cover all the requisite bases: PETA ("Panda"); power to the people ("Solidarity"); activism ("Freedom"); and enlightenment ("Planes"). Every ticket is punched.

The overall mood though is nostalgic, most notably on the sappy "Summer of Love", "Madeleine Street" and most palatably the easygoing "Too Many Years". The sentiments are understandable given the time and the age of most of the musicians on the record but for anyone looking to rediscover the magic of Jefferson Airplane, this is not that album.

I'm a little surprised the group didn't crank out at least one more of these given the modest success they enjoyed from album sales and the tour that followed. Then again, most of them had other things going on and residual royalties from their back catalog were probably more than enough to keep them in Metamucil and methadone, and the nineties weren't very kind to most of the rock dinosaurs anyway.

This isn't a bad album, it's just not very special either. Props to (most of) the band for managing to put aside past differences and crank out an entire album's worth of material. But the time was long past for Jefferson Airplane in 1972, let alone 1989, and this one will always be relegated to somewhere near the bottom of the list when their entire discography is considered. Two stars since many of their hardcore fans probably enjoyed the flashback, but not recommended for the generations of Airplane listeners like me who weren't actually 'there' during that brief period when this group and their music ruled. We have our own jukebox heroes.

peace

Latest members reviews

1 stars By a long shot, this is the least essential of all Jefferson Airplane's work. A reunion album that fails to deliver any punch. I have a hard time finding any song on this album that stands out. Maybe the piano ballad "Common Market Madrigal"? At least this tune has Grace Slick giving a moving v ... (read more)

Report this review (#640898) | Posted by mohaveman | Saturday, February 25, 2012 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of JEFFERSON AIRPLANE "Jefferson Airplane"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives