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Bless Its Pointed Little Head [Remastered]
Bless Its Pointed Little Head [Remastered]
Offered by The Music Warehouse
Price: £7.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live rock albums ever!, 23 Jan 2002
This has got to be one of the best live albums ever (and was released in the days when bands cosidered a 'live' release to be as important a 'statement' as a studio album). If you're only familiar with 'Surrealistic Pillow' this will rock your socks off; things are faster and heavier here. It totally destroys the studio versions of gems like 'Somebody to Love' and '3/5 of a mile in 10 secomds'. Donovan's 'Fat Angel' gets the full psyche-out guitar overload as does Fred Neil's 'The other side of this life'. The energy on this album is incredible- just listen to the rhythm section on '3/5..' and the one-off improvisation of 'Bear Melt'. The whole band is working to maximum capacity and as a snapshot of late '60's live rock it has few serious contenders. The Airplane's reputation has been unfairly tarnished over the years due to the Starship years and dross like 'We built this city..' etc, so if your image of them is that of rather fey hippie folkies or MOR yawn -inducers then this album will put the record straight. Grace Slick has never sounded better and the band are tight, imaginative and not afraid to take chances. Why this is not more of a classic is beyond me - it's up there with the Stones' 'Get yer ya yas out!' and easily surpasses other San Francisco classics like Quicksilver's 'Happy Trails' Don't dlay...Buy Today!


Moby Grape
Moby Grape

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect debut, 14 Sep 2000
This review is from: Moby Grape (Audio CD)
Moby Grape's 1967 magnum opus is the perfect debut album. Weaving stunning and impassioned vocal harmonies against a dense frontline of three guitars and a seriously rocking rhythm section the album exudes energy and sun-soaked optimism. Eschewing the then-fashionable penchant for extended jamming, the album kicks out a series of killer two and a half minute gems that effortlessly fuse rock, folk and country influences with hook-laden pop. All five members wrote and sang so amongst the myriad delights you can sample Bob Mosley's powerful 'white-soul' voice and Skip Spence's visionary songwriting. Check out the storming 'Hey Grandma' and 'Omaha', or the riff-heaven of 'Lazy me' (currently in Robert Plant's Priory of Brion's live set) and the melancholic and beautiful 'Sitting by the window' and '8.05' - gorgeous stuff. Sadly, the Grape never sustained the momentum so evident on this West Coast classic but they're still playing in one form or another in the States and the recent 'Vintage' collection (containing practically eveything they recorded in their first incarnation - including this sparkling debut) has helped keep the flame burning. If you love The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and CSN@Y you'll love this!


Parachute
Parachute

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a near classic!, 7 Sep 2000
This review is from: Parachute (Audio CD)
It's a shame The Pretties never received the recognition they truly deserved as this and the earlier 'S.F Sorrow' are excellent examples of post-'Pepper' late '60s rock. Perhaps best described as 'pop-prog' the album features the Beatle -esque 'The Letter' and 'The Good Mr. Square' alongside the darker, paranoid strains of 'Cries from the Midnight Circus' featuring a twisted killer of a slow-burning riff. Highlight though is the wonderful 'Grass' - the aural equivalent of shimmering summer rain; in a word - glorious!


Volunteers
Volunteers
Offered by Global_Deals
Price: £9.98

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An era encapsulated, 5 Sep 2000
This review is from: Volunteers (Audio CD)
If you're seeking a cultural artefact of the Woodstock era look no further than this 1969 offering. The last album to feature original leader/vocalist Marty Balin and the 'classic' Airplane line-up it's very much 'of its time'. If 'After Bathing at Baxter's' was the Airplanes's acid high-point then 'Volunteers' sees the band steeped in the social and political issues of American hippiedom. Contemporary themes such as nuclear apocalypse, (Wooden Ships), ecology, (The Farm, Eskimo Blue Day) and youth rebellion (We Can Be Together and the title-track) dominate the album and musically it veers through folk and hard rock (Good Shepherd and Hey Frederick) and even tongue in cheek country (A Man For All Seasons), all shot through with the unique airplanian sound and vision. Aided by a plethora of West Coast chums including Jerry Garcia and David Crosby and British pianist Nicky Hopkins (famous for his work with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck and Quicksilver to name but three), the soaring, angular harmonies and Jorma Kaukonen's edgy and acidic guitar work are all in place. Unfortunately the mix is very muddy and the superb rhythm section of Jack Casady and Spencer Dryden gets buried under the audio gloop. 'Volunteers' remains as much a product of its time as 'Deja Vu' and 'Let It Bleed'.


Bless It's Pointed...
Bless It's Pointed...
Offered by ALL-MY-MUSIC-GERMANY
Price: £10.07

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best live rock albums ever!, 5 Sep 2000
This review is from: Bless It's Pointed... (Audio CD)
This has got to be one of the best live albums ever (this was released in the days when bands actually released live albums - when live albums could be as important a 'statement' as a studio release). If you've only heard 'Surrealistic Pillow' this will rock your socks off! It totally destroys the studio versions of gems like 'Somebody to Love ' and '3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds'. Donovans' 'Fat Angel' gets the full psych-out guitar overload as does Fred Neil's 'Other side of this life'. The energy on this album is incredible - just listen to the rhythm section on '3/5' and the one-off improvisation of 'Bear Melt'. The whole band is working to maximum capacity on this album. As a snapshot of late '60's live rock it has few serious contenders. Airplane's reputation has been somewhat tarnished over the years - the Starship years, 'We built this city etc... - and if you're image of them is that of rather fey hippie folkies then this album will put the record straight. Grace Slick has never sounded better and the band are tight, imaginative and not afraid to take chances. Why this is not more of a classic is beyond me - it's up there with the Stones' 'Get yer ya yas out!' and easily surpasses other San Francisco classics like Quicksilver's 'Happy Trails'. Don't delay...Buy Today!


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