Blows Against the Empire Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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.Read more ›
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.
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Wonderful, a rock masterpiece and poignant testimony to the hopes our generation once hadPublished 2 months ago by REVD C M REED
Original bought this on release date in 1970/71 always been one of my favourite records.
RIP Paul Kantner
Classic hippy dreams; of its time, but a little piece of American social history in sound! Great bit of Utopian nonsense.Published 15 months ago by DogBone
This is a classic album of it's time. Slightly bonkers concept (starship stuff) but after the rather long and abrasive opener, it is beautifully melodic and uplifting, with great... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. A. D. Bickerstaffe
bought the original vinyl when it first came out this reissue is quite special loads of bonus stuff, seen them in concert recently, they did some of this album live, terrific.Published 18 months ago by koolcj
Often mimicked never equalled, Gracie and the boys blow your mind as well as the empire.
High spot, "Have you seen the stars tonight". Read more
I have this album in the original vinyl. I bought it eons ago, I loved it then and I still do. I now have a digital copy although it seems not to be on Spotify and Napster for some... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Birmingham Nick
a replacement for a worn vinyl version. great stuff but firmly locked in its time. for fans of all things Jefferson Airplane and entourage.Published on 22 Feb. 2014 by mr d dyer
Interesting that this particular album is almost the only album from these guys not on iTunes! I wonder if Steve Jobs banned it as too anarchical in content? Read morePublished on 27 May 2013 by P. BALCON