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VOLUNTEERS

Jefferson Airplane

 

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3.58 | 101 ratings

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oliverstoned
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4 stars The Airplane reached maturity with this last good and highly accomplished album. Grace Slick sings more beautifully than ever with great technical mastery and lyricism.

"We Can be together" and "Good Shepherd" are two nice classic Airplane songs. "The farm" is a delightful "return-to-earth"/ode-to-nature tune in a country vein enlightened by piano. "Hey Fredrick" is the longest and most progressive track with its fantastic instrumental part dominated by a beautiful piano/guitar instrumental part, the end especially is beautiful to cry. "Turn My Life Down" is another little gem with male vocals and sublime female background vocals. "Wooden ships" shows a lyric's greater textual dimension: this epic song tells the story of survivors from a nuclear war. Grace Slick's lyricism reaches a peak on the intense "Eskimo Blue Day", with a vibrato giving goose-flesh: an absolute must.

"Volunteers" is definitely the most sophisticated and delicate Airplane album with Grace Slick at the top. A fantastic line-up as well with the west coast cream: David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Steven Stills as guests.Less crazy and psychedelic than "After bathing at Baxter's", deeper than "Crown of creation", this beautiful album deserves more attention. The remastered CD release contains good live versions.

oliverstoned | 4/5 |

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