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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Floating World
  • ASIN: B001DZVFZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wasn't That A Time
  2. Follow the Drinking Gourd - Various Artists
  3. Santy Anno - Various Artists
  4. Cowboy On the Run
  5. I Ain't Marching Anymore
  6. Crimes Of Freedom
  7. Genesis Hall
  8. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
  9. Royal Canal
  10. Risin' of the Moon
  11. Frenario
  12. In A Crisis
  13. Maybe For You
  14. Comandante Carlos Fonesca
  15. Pastures of Plenty
  16. Imagine Redemption
  17. On The Threshold Of Fire
  18. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood

Product description

.Label: Evangeline Records.Published: 2008

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At last Paul Kantner has managed to return to his roots. As many other 60's artists his voice has deepened, but its helped by Diana Mangano's and Cathy Richardson's great singing.

This is just a great record. The songs are based on the american/british folk tradition, as airplane once started, still some of them are a bit strange for us airplaneheads, but it still - sometimes - echoes the sound of early Airplane with Signe - listen to Santy Anno for example, as well as the sounds of Blows Against The Empire. Sometimes Marty gets a bit schmaltzy as in Maybe For You(but its an old song recorded for Windows of Heaven from 1998), but it has a lot of guitar strumming.

The Fairport Convention song Genesis Hall is done with gusto and Cathy Richardson even sounds a bit like Sandy Denny (well, nearly anyway). We have David Grisman on two songs...

But gawd the killing of Lennon's Imagine is a sin that should lead the group to be banned forever from a serious record collection. But there are so many other great songs here like On The Threshold Of Fire (Kantner) or Follow The Drinking Gourd (which I beleive Hot Tuna also recorded).

The really downside is the "hidden track" with Grace, just a basic runthrough sounding like a tacky bootleg of rehearsals.

This makes me want to take out all my old airplane records and play them again... and again...
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At an interview during last years San Francisco 40th Summer of Love concert, Kantner insisted that the Jefferson Starship and Airplane were never political bands, that politics were uninteresting, and the bands had for example never played political benefits. Obama will just have to settle for Weir. The playback did not show any tongue in cheek. If there was any irony, Kantner stayed deadpan. As I recall the Starship then played "Volunteers", about as political as a song can get. I guess he could have meant that mainstream politics were irrevelant.

So this year comes the "clarion call". It is not preachy, in your face, I-know-better-than-you-politics, like Neil Young's CSNY played last year. Jefferson Starship's politics are now almost implied, and seem independent of political movements. The San Francisco alternate quantum universe. Folk music is used to conjure up another time and ideal vision. Kantner picks a Nicaraguan Sandinista song; oh-oh, "Impeach the President" bile? No. The song instead tells of a dissident who Christ-like forgave his torturer and even subsequently employed him. Compare Springsteen who tried his hand at folk music recently, but no message came through. He just tried to sound authentic.

A while back, Bear Family came out with a 10 cd set called Songs for Political Action, which collected politically oriented songs, many connectable to Folk Music. Jefferson Starship's new cd updates this theme. The reputation of the Weavers was such that anything they sang, even the most innocent love song texts, seemed to be an implied political message.

It is surprising how conservative and hung-up so many listeners are. If the current group lacks this or this person, or if the musicians are over a certain age, the cd cannot be so good. All these pre-judgements restrict listener's ability to listen clearly and take in. Free yourself, fellows, and take this cd in because it is good for you and you will like it.
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The Paul Kantner space-ship/time-machine has hurled us back into the 1960's, with glorious Airplane harmonies (even a bit of Grace here and there), some beautiful Kantner 12-string, and echoes of the glory days of the Airplane... Sounds like they had fun doing this, a very "immediate" sound - not too much production getting in the way.
Some "ancient" American folk tunes, some reinvented songs from Kantner's roots (the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Dylan and Woody Guthrie - not to mention an excellent Richard Thompson song - for us Olde English folkies!).
I am just grinning as I listen to each of these pearls - here's hoping they trawl some more of these fascinating depths.
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Not exactly hard on the heels on Springsteen's brush with the American folk movement with the Seeger Sessions Band comes Jefferson Starship with an album which evokes the sixties folk revival which is where, of course Paul Kantner started out.
The album opens with the 'Volunteers' leitmotif and slides into the old Weavers number 'Wasn't That A Time' which makes explicit links with times of revolution and the 1960s. Elsewhere Kanter links the tradition with past Starship/Airplane history, even having a link back to 'Blows Againbst The Empire' on the old shanty 'Santy Anno.'
Other distant Starship luminaries are here; Balin and Casady ('Maybe for You')on a track recorded some years back; Grace Slick (uncredited for legal reasons) on backing vocals as well as David Freiburg. It's by no means perfect; 'Cowboy On The Run' has just about every country-rock cliche you could hope for and 'The Old Triangle' (called 'Royal Canal' here) just doesn't work with Kanter's fake oirish accent. Nonetheless great female vocals, some lovely harmonies, and overall this is a terrifically well played and uplifting set and is well worth a place in any Starship/Airplane/Folk-rock set.
The album closes with an uncredited outtake from 'Sunfighter' sung by Jack Traylor and Grace Slick which was quite rightly left off that excellent album.
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