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"In Time," Jefferson Airplane.

The album this song is from, "Crown of Creation" (1968) is an overlooked gem in the Airplane's catalog (which isn't worth a rip after 1969's "Volunteers"). It features two of the finest singers of the era, Mary Balin and Grace Slick (who is at her best here), stunning guitar from Jorma Kaukonen, inventive bass playing from Jack Cassidy, and haunting songs rife with vivid imagery, all topped with a deft dollop of late-'60s psychedelia. This is one of the first CDs I bought when I started replacing my vinyl LPs. Bookend this disc with "Volunteers" and you'll have all the Airplane you'll need—and you'll understand why the band played so large a part in the counterculture of those times.


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Mar. 29th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I always thought "Crown" was badly underappreciated. It was my first official JA review for the magazine, and I had a good time with it.

Though I do wish Paul Kantner wouldn't have plagiarized QUITE so much...A.A. Milne, John Wyndham...he was rather disingenuous when taxed with it.

But I agree completely about Marty and Grace. Marty, in my opinion, is one of the top three male rock vocalists evah...the others being John Lennon and no prizes for guessing the third...

Grace just got screamy from "Bark" onwards...though there's a song on her solo LP, "Manhole" (last cut, B side) that I really love...and she sings, not shrieks...
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
I always figured Kantner to be a lucky hitchhiker in that band.
Mar. 31st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
And now, of course, I have a Pandora station seeded with Jefferson Airplane because you reminded me of how much I like their stuff.
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Other than the two albums I cited, I'm not a huge fan. But I love those two records.
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