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Blows Against the Empire Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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Product details

  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: RCA Legacy (Sony BMG)
  • ASIN: B000AADYUI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mau Mau (Amerikon)
  2. The Baby Tree
  3. Lets Go Together
  4. A Child Is Coming
  5. Sunrise
  6. Hijack
  7. Home
  8. Have you seen the stars tonight
  9. X - M
  10. Starship
  11. Lets go together (alternate lyrics) *
  12. Sunrise (Gracs acoustic demo tk. 8) *
  13. Hijack (Pauls acoustic demo tk. 5) *
  14. SFX - Jerry and Mickey Hart *
  15. Starship (Live) *
  16. *previously unreleased

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Format: Audio CD
Recorded in 1970, Paul Kantner's "Blows against the Empire" epitomises the best of American West coast "Hippy" music. Nominally by "Jefferson Starship" this album expands the themes of many Jefferson Airplane albums of anti-establishmentism and postulates the theory of escaping from authority in a space craft. Recorded in an era when musicians guested (offically or unofficially) on each others albums, the musicians read like a "who's who" of San Fransico muscians of the time. They include such notables as Jerry Garcia, Graham Nash & David Crosby plus many others. The album starts with the rather angry "Mau Mau (Amerikon)" which sets the scene of defiance and escape, through the more hopeful "The Baby Tree", "Let's Go Together", "A Child is Coming" and "Sunrise". The story continues with the optimistic "Hijack", "Home" and "Have You Seen The Stars Tonite" and ends with the superb "Starship" wich features some virtuoso lead guitar by Jerry Garcia. The album is held together by the excellent piano playing and vocals of the supremely talented Grace Slick. In my opinion, it's almost unbeleivable that Jefferson Starship never again rose to these hights, descending in various guises to become the "pop" band Starship. I suppose we all grow older and lose the certainty and commitment of youth! Luckily this album lives on and I would recommend it to any latterday wouldbe hippies!
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First of all, acknowlegements for the use of part of a line from Starship written by Kantner, Slick, Balin and Blackman. In the liner notes, Paul Kantner tells of how he wrote to Robert Heinlein to ask permission to use some of his ideas in the project to which Heinlein replied with some astonishment that his ideas had been used many times before but only Kantner had written for permission.
Secondly, Amazon has the tracklist wrong to the extent that the radio slots for the album are at the end and not the beginning.
Thirdly, I do not want to duplicate my review of the first CD release of this album which can be found on Amazon's pages and which I pretty much stand by today.
Fourthly, I think that this remastering is truly excellent. I say this first and foremost because of the sound. The first time around sounds dark and murky in comparison but here the sound is pristine revealing much more in the process and giving the vocals a lot nore clarity in particular. And, if you never knew why Paul Kantner appreciated Grace Slick's vocals so much you sure do here. Listen to the bonus track of her demo version of Sunrise it is astounding. The Garcia contributions also benefit enormously from the remastering and it makes one wonder how awesome he would have become as a pedal steel guitar player if he had chosen that particular route had he not preferred to go back to the regular (sic) guitar. All of the instruments and vocals are greatly improved.
Next the bonus tracks. Although they do not add per se to the original album as new songs they certainly elaborate on their development. Let's Go Together is presented with alternative lyrics but after several plays I must confess to preferring the original album. I could be getting old and conservative I guess which may account for that.
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I must admit to a long standing fondness for this album. I originally owned it on incredibly crackly vinyl and played it to death when I was 17. Now that I'm regrettably more mature I'm happy to stand by my youthful opinion of it. The Airplane were bombastic, and the later Starship bland but this sits happily somewhere in between. Of course the whole premise of the lyrics is absurd - most of Kanters lyrics are - but what saves it is the great playing and it's relaxed charm and humour. I urge you to give it a listen and drift away into sci fi heaven circa 1970 (Apollo and all)
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Every time I play this CD it's always from start to finish without interruptions. Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia and a host of others have produced one of the greatest piece's of music I have had the pleasure to listen to. The playing is perfect and tracks 5-10 merge together as one majestic song with all the instruments swirling and coming together to form music at it's most beautiful. I hear the stars calling.......
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The Jefferson Airplane of Grace Slick and Paul Kantner were one of the most influent rock group of the '60s and '70s.
This album is one of the best Jefferson's work, they mix the music, the acid rock, the political ideas and the wonderful voice of Grace Slick (probably in her last big "flight").
The album is full of friends (Garcia, Kreutzman, Hart; Kaukonen, Casady, Covington; David Freiberg; Crosby and Nash) from the bay that help with nostalgic and utopistic return to the ideals of the communes.
The music is an anthem of "peace and love era" and the '70s space age with a wonderful and delicate mix beetwen acid rock and folk.
The CD is well done with a nice booklet, the sound is clear and good with no distortion, fluent and very nice to listen.
With the first Jerry Garcia album is the last acid rock experiment.
Wondeful.
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