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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 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!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2002
The mightiest band to walk the earth, Jefferson Airplane are at their most awe-inspiring on this album. From the sonic rush of Somebody to Love {by far the best version committed to vinyl) to the heady delights of Fat Angel this is West Coast at its very best.
By turns moving, exciting and totally original this is a proper live album that has a purpose and a point. Not just a rehash of greatest hits or studio material it showcases the technical brilliance of the rhythm section and the wild inventiveness of Jorma Kaukonen's thin guitar. Grace Slick's voice remains the most distinctive female voice in rock.
Turn down your lights, light the joss sticks and play it laet and loud.
Subversive, seductive and important. Everyone should have this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2000
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2000
Yes, i agree with the previous review. At the time the Airplane ruled the roost and were the epitome of cool, enjoying great commercial success unlike the Grateful Dead. And they could play!
This album has always been a favourite of mine, and marks all the band's different strengths. Grace slick's vocals can teeter into a harsh bray at the drop of a hat, but here she's on fine form. And Marty Balin's singing is as deranged as ever. For my money the best track by far is the "Ballad of You & Me" etc etc which has the strange intonations of Paul Kantner, a sloping slinky sensuous hypnotic beat, and great control.
It is testament to the Airplane's crown of creation, before everyone exploded and everything imploded. If you missed this first time around - and in the UK this was easy to do - have a listen now. Well worth the money; gorgeous and excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2002
This is a much neglected live album and features the Airplane at it's very best. I saw them live twice around the time this album was released and it is a good representation of the band's capabilities. The rythmn section is tight. Cassady's bass playing is sublime and the vocals and guitar work are amongst the best of this period. A cracking album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2003
There were those bands who shone on stage but had difficulty repeating it in the studio, like the Grateful Dead. There were those bands who shone in the studio but sounded like a poor tribute band when captured live, in other words a high percentage of live albums. Then there are bands capable of shining in the studio AND on stage. This captures Airplane at their best. It is vibrant, it is alive, it is that verging on the raw that bands like the Rolling Stones do so well. You do not merely listen; you believe you are there. I still try to emulate Jack Casady's intro to Other Side Of This Life. Airplane live is often overshadowed by a dismal set at Woodstock, but this is up there with Big Brothers' Cheap Thrills. An underated classic.
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2008
The favourite album of each member of the Airplane, Bless Its Pointed Little Head captures the band at the height of their powers in their most natural setting, live in front of an audience at familiar halls. This album was recorded at Bill Graham's two venues; mostly at Fillmore West in their native San Francisco in October 1968, a month after their legendary performance at London's Roundhouse, which I was lucky enough to attend, but a couple of tracks from New York's Fillmore East the following month, though the recordings have been mixed together to represent an abbreviated concert, and presented as was, without any post-gig sweetening or overdubs, and including the daringly improvised combined pieces Turn Out The Lights/Bear Melt from New York.

Although their album Crown of Creation had just reached the shops, nothing from that album is included, perhaps because those new songs had yet to find their evolved forms in live performance. The live versions of former singles It's No Secret, Somebody To Love and Plastic Fantastic Lover (the B-side of White Rabbit) show that these had been utterly transformed on stage. They are therefore not merely live souvenirs of well-known material, but reinventions, valuable documentations of what the Airplane were all about as a live band. Apart from a startlingly fresh and extendedly transcendental performance of former album track 3/5's Of A Mile In 10 Seconds, the rest of the album features material not available in studio form.

Fat Angel, written by Donovan, was an obvious choice for the band to cover as it includes the line, "Fly Jefferson Airplane, gets you there on time", interpreted at a metaphysical level and accompanied by some fittingly spacey musical exploration. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were the Airplane's blues aficionados and led the band through an extended extemporization of Rock Me Blues, probably learned from BB King but a traditional blues developed through earlier recordings by Arthur Crudup, Lil' Son Jackson, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy and others. The band's folksier origins are represented by Paul Kantner taking the lead on Fred Neil's Other Side Of This Life, an established stage favourite otherwise unrecorded by the band.

Therefore, there was little to deter owners of the Airplane's four albums released to date from acquiring this, their first and best live album, and on release in January 1969 it reached number 17 in the US album charts in a 20-week chart run, remaining a consistent favourite with buyers ever since, having been re-issued on CD several times.

A more recent remaster of this album includes bonus tracks.
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