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5.0 out of 5 stars The Airplane Fly Again, 8 Oct 2004
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MG (Paisley Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Fly Jefferson Airplane [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
At last an excellent DVD tribute to one of the greatest, but most under-rated, bands of the 60's.
Their story is told through entertaining and informative interviews with all the main participants, but the main strength of the DVD lies in the music.
The performance of "It's No Secret" at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium powerfully evokes the entity that was the San Francisco scene in the 1960's. Various TV guest spots provide classic moments too, but things move on to an even higher level with the band's performance at the Monterey Pop Festival and a New York rooftop number which preceded the Beatles' London version by some months. The playing of Casady and Kaukonen in particular is stellar, while the vocal talents of Slick, Balin and Kantner add to this and complete that magical and unique Airplane sound.
This is essential for any fan, and also a great introduction for anyone who may be curious about a band who've never quite received the level of acclaim they deserve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fly Jefferson airplane, 1 May 2007
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Jm Leven (London) - See all my reviews
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This is essential unless you're tone deaf, although a lot of it isn't truly live performance - I make it: 'High Flying bird','Crown of creation','the House at Pooneil corner','Somebody to love','the Ballad of you and me and Pooneil','Plastic Fantastic lover',and 'Embryonic journey'; plus what appears to be live footage(their lip movements match the music ) interspersed with footage of crowd scenes and other stuff on 'Volunteers', and 'We can be together'(the latter is definitely the album track from the album 'Volunteers',however - maybe they were filmed as they recorded it)
Of the other tracks: It's no secret - from their lip movements they appear to be playing this song live ( the first band with Signe Tole Anderson instead of Grace Slick)but it's not quite synced to the music(though close enough to be enjoyable)which is definitely the album track from their first album '...Takes Off'; 'White Rabbit' is mimed on a TV show with the band hovering in mid-air agains a psychedelic lightshow background (wonderful all the same); Lather is definitely the album track from 'Crown of Creation' with Grace (in blackface-see explanation on dvd) miming from the same TV show as 'White Rabbit' and 'Crown of Creation'; and 'Martha' which is the album track from 'After Bathing at Baxter's' behind footage of the band running around a park looking like hippies with a few seconds of somebody miming with a recorder and Paul miming(I think) the singing.
There is other footage of JA: from the Woodstock film - a pretty decent version of 'Won't you try/Saturday afternoon', and from the Monterey pop film my favourite version of 'Today'(unfortunately spoiled by the cameraman thinking it was Grace rather than Marty that was singing), but JA, like all the great 60s bands (even the Beatles and the Stones) suffer from a lack of live footage. So given the limited material to work with this is a magnificent effort. Oh... and the Jean Luc Godard film of them playing live on a city rooftop in New York is here (which pre-dated the Beatles stunt, and probably inspired it) - 'House at Pooneil Corner' and a scorching version(this was from a famous art-house film - about the 60s or the '68 student rebellions or something like that).
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best DVD yet on a SF 1960s band, 12 Nov 2005
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Siriam (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I purchased this DVD just before hearing of the death of Spencer Dryden, which only served to underline what a timely release this is before the demise of any group members.
And what a great release it is taking in chronolgical order the history of the group with all members of the great JA (plus a few others notably Joey Covington & "Marvellous" Maurice Ieracci) telling it how it really was, in various recently recorded snippets. The development of the band's music from initial powerful electric folk to on the edge improvising and political stances is well captured (the live performance of "The Ballad of you & Me & Pooneil" at the Family Dogg being the standout). But what makes this more than just a video of live historical TV and movie performances is that it gives a snapshot of the SF late 1960s era plus documents the JA's many different and powerful personalities. Balin comes across as simple songwriter and effective singer; Kantner complicated songwriter and sci-fi freak both being well matched by the dominant Grace Slick (chosen to give them an edge locally against Big Brother with Janis Joplin) who clearly was then the spark to all the others, including getting rid of Bill Graham as their manager and pushing on the three great musicians of Dryden (getting the drum seat after Skip Spence started being unreliant, despite being jazz orinetated, from LA and older than the others as Slick gleefully covers in her lyrical inspiration for "Lather"), and the guitar powerhouse of Kaukonen and Cassady, the latter two coming across in joint interviews as being much more attuned and closer than subsequent events might have indicated.
The best San Francisco 1960s music related video releases I have seen to date.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally an historical DVD with COMPLETE performances !!, 14 Mar 2005
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Alexandre Soares "alexsobiz" (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This DVD is GOLD ! For someone wanting to know Jefferson Airplane's music and facts about their career , this is THE DVD to buy . Believe me .
Superb sound , very good interviews , good colours , and COMPLETE SONG PERFORMANCES !
Thank You Guys !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for JA fans, 31 Aug 2008
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Bill23 (Manchester United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you're an Airplane fan, you'll love this. The film doesn't patronise by trying to tell the 'story of the band' or waffle on about the 'Summer of Love' - interviews are intelligent and incisive, and its great to see all the band members still on such great form. But the meat is (as it should be) the Music. Mouthwatering performances and TV slots from the Golden Age. As others have stated, the great thing is that these are full performances.No voiceovers or 30 second clips. No overused stock footage. Nothing from the sad decline into Bark / Long John Silver period. Colours and sound are spot-on, and the packed 80 minute length doesn't leave you feeling shortchanged. A worthy memento of a great band at thier peak. Probably for fans only - but that's how it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars original roof concert, 1 April 2014
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Stefano Biggi (genoa (italy)) - See all my reviews
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so Jefferson Airplane were the first to do the roof concert, a year before the beatles,they didn't get mucg credit though, maybe because they didn't play many songs, i think just one! a part from that i enjoyed the dvd, grace slick is a legend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh man!, 22 Oct 2013
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I have totally relived my youth! This dvd made me happy!!!!! It just totally captures the essence of the time!
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