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Live At The Fillm [Us Import] [Import]

Jefferson Airplane, Sara Evans Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000006380
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION - GO NOWHERE NEAR THESE TRACKS 15 Jun 2007
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On first listening I was moved to check my stereo equipment, worried that a channel might have been knocked out by an especially volcanic Jack Casady bassline. Once I'd determined that both speakers were properly performing and that the cat - more a Quicksilver fan - hadn't surreptitiously upset the balance control, I started to wonder why only Grace and Paul had made it to the Fillmore that particular evening.

Even if you can get past the diabolical sound, it quickly becomes clear that this was a none-too-auspicious gig. Anyone new to the Airplane would, on this evidence, be forgiven for agreeing with the many revisionists over the past 40 years who've allowed their faith - mostly unshakeable in 1967 - to become eroded to the point where this magnificent band has today become mysteriously marginalised.

Have none of this. Jefferson Airplane may be found alive and exceedingly well on the surpassingly brilliant 'Bless Its Pointed Little Head' and on the recent, flawed-but-still-wonderful 'Sweeping Up The Spotlight'. If you can find the version of 'Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil' from 'Night at the Family Dog' in 1970, grab that too; it's arguably the most savagely, salivatingly exciting live example of the Airplane ever recorded (I don't know if this has made it to a regular CD; I have it on an obscure orange vinyl Airplane bootleg and the filmed performance shows up on the 'Fly Jefferson Airplane' DVD - doubtless available somewhere on this site, pop-fans, and well worth a punt). But avoid this particular 'Live at the Fillmore East' like a rabbit would myxomatosis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A truly impressive performance 18 Dec 2011
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I would urge prospective listeners not to be in any way misled by the negative reviews that have been posted here. The release of this hitherto unheard concert in 1998 was welcomed by the critics on the grounds that it complemented very well the classic 'Bless Its Pointed Little Head' live album. 'Live At The Filmore East' was recorded six months prior to the late 1968 shows from which 'Pointed Head' is taken and it finds the band boasting a wider range of styles. Marty Balin's lead vocal and Grace Slick's harmony on Today are especially affecting. And nowhere else in the official RCA catalogue do we find live versions of Greasy Heart, Star Track and Wild Tyme. Even the songs that are familiar from elsewhere are arranged and performed very differently here. During the classic 1965-70 period, Jefferson Airplane never stopped evolving and there was a continual interplay between their concert performances and their studio recordings. What we have here is a fascinating snapshot of an important stage in that development. I really cannot understand the complaints made about recording quality. Admittedly, the the editing of the links between tracks might have been done with a little more finesse, but the performances themselves are terrific. But then of course you would not expect anything less from one of the best live bands ever.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite full flight 11 April 2008
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This set was recorded the opening weekend of May 1968, the first time the Airplane played the recently-opened Fillmore East. Although they had by then developed their post-Baxters live sound, this is not one of their great concert recordings. There is a noticeable lack of the energy that made 'Pointed Little Head' such an essential live album six months later. Part of the problem is that Grace seems to be having difficulties with her voice (sore throat, maybe?); as a consequence the band's distinctive vocal harmonies are very flat.

The best track is the untitled 'Thing'; it shows how the Airplane slowly developed a structured 'jam' over time (as they did with their well-known material too), and this is the missing link between 'Spare Chaynge' and 'Bear Melt'. As such, it is the one essential track here. But the lack of atmosphere across the disc as a whole means that this really one for completists, most of whom will already have earlier release of this material.

If you want a live album, you should start with 'Pointed Little Head', then 'Sweeping Up the Spotlight', both of which show what a truly wonderful live band this classic Airplane lineup was, and are definitive.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a treat! 19 Jun 2002
By Mark Colan - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of the Airplane since "Somebody to Love" was on the radio. There aren't many live recordings available, and this is the only one I've heard that covers any of the songs on "After Bathing at Baxter's", which remains my favorite album.

This album was recorded while material for "Crown of Creation" was still being written. They play "Greasy Heart", which Grace says she wrote only three weeks ago. They have at least three tracks from "Baxter's" (which had been published just a few months earlier). As such, the band is at the peak of their writing. "Bless It's Pointed Little Head" has far fewer tracks, but some outstanding performances; they were playing better that night than when this one was recorded.

The recording quality is very good, performance ranges fair to very good at various times. At times their vocal arrangements don't hang together -- but they are attempting amazing things, such as a four-part harmony involving complicated chords and controlled dissonance. I'm amazed at what they attempt in this concert; sometimes it comes off quite well too.

If you don't know the Airplane, this isn't the first album you should buy. But if you've been a fan all these years, and especially if you like their psychedelic and revolutionary phases, you're in for a treat!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...ABX 29 April 2006
By Don Schmittdiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In May of 1968, when Jefferson Airplane performed the four concerts that have yielded this 'Live At the Fillmore East' release, I was all of 14 years old, and one of my favorite listens was the underground FM radio station in Detroit, WABX. Aside from playing the cutting edge psychedelic music of the era, it was a trip in itself to take in the spaced-out DJ's this station let loose on the airwaves. It wasn't unusual, for instance, to hear a couple minutes of dead silence while the chemically altered spinmeister tried to decide what to play next, or to accomodate the station identification regulation with a quick "...ABX". This Airplane disc made me harken back to those days, what with the obviously random, spontaneous, and unrehearsed between-songs banter offered up by singers Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, and Marty Balin. They meander through conversations about when songs were written, to a discourse on a recent bust of the Grateful Dead in New Jersey, to a Slick monologue on a chocolate cookie that had been handed to her. And yes, there are a couple minutes of dead silence to be had. Surrounding the nostalgia, however, is a host of great psychedelia.

Aside from Grace herself, the slickest moment on 'Live At the Fillmore East' is the opening minute, featuring a deafening recording of a Boeing 707 taking off. As the wail of the jet engines subsides, we hear "Thank you for coming..." echoing about the Fillmore, and the opening, feedback-drenched strains of 'The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil'. It's a great opener, with its fat, fuzz-tone guitar leads from Jorma Kaukonen, and a several minute pounding bass bridge solo courtesy of Jack Casady. It's one of four tracks that break the seven minute barrier, in addition to the stealth rocker 'Star Track' (an homage to James T. Kirk?), featuring a great wah-pedal lead from Kaukonen, the instrumental 'Thing', which slowly builds in tempo, intensity, and complexity into a flat-out rocker with many guitar variations on its theme, and a cover of Donovan Leitch's 'Fat Angel', a typical Donovan flower-powered ("Fly trans-love airways, get you there on time...") yet funky compostion. The only other cover is Fred Neil's 'The Other Side of This Life', which along with 'It's No Secret' and 'Watch Her Ride' are rather generic rockers, undistinguished but doing no harm here either. For me, the standout tracks are those drawn from my favorite JA disc, 'Surrealistic Pillow', and those featuring Grace Slick, the finest female vocalist from the psychedelic genre. Her talents are front and center on 'Greasy Heart', 'White Rabbit', and 'Somebody To Love', and the performances are fresh, vibrant, and intense. Add to this list of highlights a worthy electric rendition of the acoustic beauty, 'Today' from 'Surrealistic Pillow', and you have the core of one outstanding, even historic performance. The only weak tracks on the disc are 'Wild Tyme', whose lyrics are embarassingly dated, and 'Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon' which comes off sluggish and pressured.

Given that the year was 1968, these recordings are of astounding quality. It's truly a wonder than such a fine document of the Airplane's live persona remained buried for three full decades. Brilliant graphics and several pages of interesting liner notes from Jeff Tamarkin make for a complete, informative package (lyrics would be too much to ask from a live disc, since you so seldom are blessed with them even from studio productions). If you're a fan of early Jefferson Airplane studio discs, you should find this production both entertaining and enlightening. It's truly one of the better live testaments from the psychedelic era.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Hardcore Airplane Fans Only 8 May 2002
By leeyo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I saw Jefferson Airplane a bunch of times during the band's heyday, including twice at the Fillmore East, and can attest to the authenticity of this compilation. The music was raw-edged and LOUD. With the light-show doing to your retinas what the music was doing to your eardrums, it was easy to forgive (or not to notice altogether) off-notes and excesses. But take away the visual distractions and play it at less ear-splitting volume and the flaws become all too conspicuous. I like this disc because it transports me to a now-distant time and place that I recall with great fondness. Unless you're a hardcore Airplane fan, however, I'd steer clear of it in favor of Bless Its Pointed Little Head, a truly great live album of the same vintage.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Companion To "Pointed Little Head" 9 Nov 2000
By Michael Topper - Published on Amazon.com
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The Jefferson Airplane hit their live peak in 1968 on every front: set list, playing ability, and willingness to take risks. Thus, these shows taken from their debut nights at the Fillmore East in May of that year are most welcome, and make a fine companion disc to the "Bless Its Pointed Little Head" live album which was recorded six or so months later. The set list for this CD includes many tracks never released before in live form, including several from the ferocious "After Bathing At Baxter's" released only a few months earlier, and a few previews from the upcoming "Crown Of Creation" (an extended "Star Track" and a soulful take on "Greasy Heart"). Although some of the vocal performances go flat in places (the band usually played so loud that it was hard for Balin and Slick to even know what was going on), the Kaukonen/Casady/Dryden instrumental team is on fire, coming up with a rendition of the jazz-ragaish "Fat Angel" that is actually superior to the "Pointed Head" version, a surprisingly funky (for early '68) reading of "The Other Side Of This Life" and the definitive "Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil", which features an edge-of-your-seat Casady solo and double the time length of the studio version, without being quite as meandering as the '67 Monterey and "Loves You" versions. The de rigeur psych jam "Thing" misses the wonderful Slick vocal improvisation which made it the powerful closing number "Bear Melt" on "Pointed Head", but does manage to show the Airplane daring to go boldly where no rock group had gone before. What strikes one most about "Fillmore East" is how edgy, powerful and diverse the Airplane could be, even at the expense of a few mistakes here or there; the sound quality is incredibly good for a show of this kind and thus would not only make a good addition to a fan's collection, but even a good intro to the group in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special & Unique 13 July 2007
By Katherine McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe it's the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Maybe it's the Iraqi war and it's uncomfortable deja vu with Vietnam, or George W. Bush's enhanced impersonation of Richard M. Nixon. But lately I've been on a Jefferson Airplane bender. I've been a diehard fan since I was 14, and nothing makes me happier than the recent surplus of live concerts from JA. Since I went to every Airplane performance at the Fillmore East, I'm sure I was at one of the shows recorded for this disc. It really takes me back to a special time and place in my life.

I bought Live At The Fillmore East concert after buying Sweeping Up the Spotlight, the newest concert release. This CD doesn't compare to SUTS soundwise. Live At the Fillmore East should be digitally remastered. The band is playing some amazing music here. But sometimes the vocals are way up front, and the musicians sound like a 9 Volt transistor AM radio. Jorma suffers the most. His guitar occasionally sounds tinny and low. Spencer Dryden's drums are also off in the distance. It seems to phase in and out. It takes a little getting used to. Best played really, really loud!

Sweeping Up the Spotlight does a much better job putting everything in balance, letting Jorma, Jack, Spencer, and even Paul Kantner's under-appreciated rhythm guitar skills, shine. But overall, the sound for Live at the Fillmore East isn't bad, and gets better as the songs play on. Grace keeps asking if a mic is working. Maybe that explains the phase in/phase out quality.

What makes this concert really unique and special is that it captures the Airplane at a really creative and transitional point in their career. The period right after After Bathing at Baxter's and on the threshold of Crown of Creation. 1968. Live versions of Greasy Heart, and Star Track, are worth the price of admission. Also, there are some live Baxter cuts that I hadn't heard before - Watch Her Ride is a highlight. I always loved the studio version, but the live version is played with passion and energy. Very good version of Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon. Pooneil, a core staple live, is focused and strong, as usual a star piece for Jack Casady to take the bass to heights never seen before or after. He should be required listening for any musician thinking of playing this instrument in a rock band.

Thing, the jam that grew up to be Bear Melt, misses the lyrics and vocals from Grace, but is a lovely space for the band to stretch out and play. You get the feeling from this concert that it was a work in progress, that you get to hear in completion on Pointed Head.

Having the vocals way up front is a blessing, for the most part, and occasionally a curse. As always, sometimes Marty, Paul and Grace stumble all over each other. There are some monumentally flat and off key moments. So what. That was the Airplane live. Marty Balin relies a little too heavily on his upper range for my taste. On a couple of occasions he yelps like a puppy. But he does a beautiful job sweetly singing Today. Not in love with the funked out Other Side of This Life. Wild Tyme is pretty much a mess. Very ragged.

This is definitely Paul Kantner's time to shine. He was the primary writer and singer on most of the stand out cuts, especially Fat Angel, which is as good, maybe better than Pointed Head's version.

But Grace Slick, in particular, is doing some amazing singing. She's in full throttle wailing mode. Her solo turns are off the hook! She demolishes the studio version of Greasy Heart, making this one the definitive version for me. White Rabbit and Somebody to Love are strong and focused. It's possibly her strongest live performance. She's taking risks, and for the most part, they work.

As mentioned before, this is the transitional point from Marty's version of the Airplane to Paul's version. Marty is still very much engaged with the band. As time would move on, he would become more distant, and finally, gone. It's a fun show, on a good night. I even like the goofy audience chatter. Feels like being there again.Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969Bless Its Pointed Little Head
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