The quality of the songs and audio recording, as well as the sheer length of this CD more than make up for the lack of its conceptual coherence. No group epitomises the essence of the West Coast's 1960's counterculture scene better than Jefferson Airplane, and this record chronicles their development from the gentle folk rock beginnings ("High Flyin' Bird", "Blues From An Airplane", "Somebody To Love" - the last being a legacy from Grace Slick's first band, The Great Society) to the explorers of emotional states ("White Rabbit" et al) and their political activism ("Volunteers", "We Can Be Together"). Opening with the equally mellow and energetic guitar solo of "Embryonic Journey" by Jorma Kaukonen (from their chart-topping 'Surrealistic Pillow' album), this CD goes on to be alternately melancholic and joyful. Coming across very much as a vehicle for Grace Slick's vocal talents, this album is at its finest during Slick's contemplative, sometimes cynical songs dealing with sensitive social "fringe" issues. Culminating in "Wooden Ships", the beautifully introspective duet with Paul Kantner, the group's mastermind in its later phase, the album winds down to end with a concert version of a slightly dated "Have You Seen The Saucers", but nevertheless leaving you craving for more. More than just a compilation of memorable numbers, a must for all 1960's flower power music fans.