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Live In Central Park NYC (12th May 1975) Double CD

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B00DU11F64
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ride the Tiger (Intro)
  2. Fast Buck Freddie (Stage Announcement)
  3. The Witcher
  4. Devil's Den (Stage Announcement)
  5. Caroline
  6. Driving Me Crazy
  7. Papa Creach's Down Home Blues

Disc: 2

  1. Play On Love
  2. Better Lying Down
  3. Have You Seen the Saucers
  4. Come to Life
  5. White Rabbit
  6. Stage Announcements
  7. Sweeter Than Honey
  8. Somebody to Love
  9. Volunteers

Product Description

New York City 1975. The city is teetering on bankruptcy, mere months away from President Ford's infamous "Drop dead" speech. And over 100,000 well-lubricated fans attend a free concert by Jefferson Starship in Central Park. What could go wrong? Actually, unless you were a tree, not much (a constant theme of the concert is threats by the police and park staff to shut down the show unless fans get out of the trees, and the Starship and the concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, had to pony up for park repairs after the event). This is the Starship on the eve of the release of Red Octopus, mere months away from ascending commercial heights never attained by the Airplane, and the band is absolutely on fire - there's a reason this concert ranks among the most treasured bootlegs in Airplane or Starship tape collector circles. And speaking of tape collectors, for this first-ever legitimate release we have worked with a tape provided by the band and filled in some gaps (including the long-lost ending of "Volunteers") with recordings contributed by collectors to present the complete show on two CD's mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios (minus some of the incessant exhortations to get out of the trees). The material ranges from songs off of their debut 'Dragonfly' - ('Ride the Tiger', 'Caroline') to tunes from the forthcoming 'Red Octopus' - ('Play on Love', 'Fast Buck Freddie') to Airplane faves 'White Rabbit', 'Somebody to Love' and 'Volunteers', performed by the early Starship line-up of Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, David Freiberg, Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears, John Barbata and Papa John Creach. The Kantner-Slick-Balin vocal dynamics have rarely been better than on this recording, and guitarist Chaquico particularly shines; it being the '70s, there are also long drum and bass solos and a bit of the anarchic spirit of mid-'70s New York City seeps into the show as well. The scene is captured by professional photographer Allan Tannenbaum (photographer/author of New York in the '70s), who was at the gig and supplies photos (including the cover shot) for this collection, while Richie Unterberger's notes set the stage for the Starship playing the biggest gig imaginable.

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I was expecting a bit better than this - can't listen to it. Sounds like the whole thing was recorded through a kazoo! Terrible distortion, a worse sound than the cheapest cassette recorder - what's going on here? are the band members aware of the quality of this release? AWFUL!!!
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Well I hate to be the odd one out here but for me this CD sounds great , considering that it's 40 years old and was a radio broadcast I've got no complaints. It's not PERFECT but the Band are really on fire , some great playing and Grace sounds wonderful. If your a Airplane / Starship fan then go for it……………oh and PLAY IT LOUD.
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This sounds like it was taken from an old radio broadcast and the sound is not very good, but adequate. Sadly there is virtually no live material available of vintage Starship, so this will have to do. I hope the band will rectify this one day.
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One star dropped due to its less than perfect quality, but otherwise the Starship at their best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait! 4 Sept. 2013
By Todd Bartholomew - Published on
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Jefferson Starship's 1975 concert in New York's Central Park has long been considered by fans to be their best concert ever. Bootlegs of this concert had circulated for years, but they were often incomplete and of varying quality. Rumors abounded that the band had recorded the show but apparently they had no interest in releasing it as they were absorbed in the constant record-and-tour cycle and riven by infighting and personnel changes over the coming decade. With the passage of time the idea of officially releasing the concert was broached with various members of the band who liked the idea, but the tapes they had were incomplete. Various bootleg recordings were scoured until the complete concert was finally painstakingly recreated.

You could be tempted to say "why bother" or "who cares about a concert that happened almost 40 years ago?" but for fans this is the Holy Grail. Recorded a month before the release of their groundbreaking Red Octopus the band was in probably its best shape musically and physically. Breaking free from their Jefferson Airplane days the band was moving in a new direction with hot new guitarist Craig Chiquico and fiddler virtuoso Papa John Creech. The core troika of Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, and Grace Slick were on perhaps the best terms they'd ever been and the band was anxious to tour to support their new album which would succeed in ways they couldn't imagine. The band's musical identity was still a bit bipolar; still drawing on their past with Jefferson Airplane, but wanting to move forward. It's somewhat appropriate they were playing Central Park; the core of a then-broken city teetering on bankruptcy in a country where the euphoria of the Summer of Love had given way to the endless shocks of the 70s.

Listening to the concert you quickly get a sense of how chaotic the scene must have been and how different concerts were then as opposed to now. The rambunctious crowd is repeatedly told to get out of the trees which initially made me laugh, but then I realized if they wanted a good view they would have HAD to have climbed the trees as there were no jumbotrons back in that era. Considering the finished product is an assemblage of master tapes made by the band interspersed with bootleg segments the sound is overall fairly good. Not as good as more modern live recordings but not bad considering its provenance. The band opens with a raucous version of "Ride the Tiger" setting the tone for how raw and energized the band is. The vocal interplay between Balin, Kantner, and Slick have never sounded better and Chiquico's guitar playing is electrifying. The set list focuses on selections from their prior Dragon Fly and the about-to-be-released Red Octopus interspersed with choice Airplane-era tracks. The crowd response is rapturous, especially for the Airplane-era tracks and its clear the band was still tentative about completely abandoning their past lest they alienate fans. There are groan inducing moments with bass, drum, and guitar solos that reminded me how much concerts and bands have changed since that era. Outside of certain jam bands I cannot imagine any band indulging in such excesses anymore, but that was a product of the time and expression of their individuality. By the time it's all over you feel jarred back to the present and realize how immersed in the event you'd become. There aren't bands like this anymore and concerts like this just don't happen anymore.

My parents were huge Airplane fans and I grew up listening to Jefferson Starship. We were going to be in Milwaukee when they were performing in 1978 and naturally we had to go to the show. By then the band was a shambling wreck, coming apart due to Grace Slick's substance abuse problems and internal fighting. That wasn't the band I heard on "Live in Central Park" and it was nice to finally hear the band they way I'd hoped to hear them. I'm sure "Live in Central Park" won't sell as well now as it would have in the 1970s, but for those folks who've waited a long time to hear it, it's well worth the wait!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Starship Beats The Boots 12 Sept. 2013
By JoJo - Published on
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First of all, thanks to Real Gone Music for releasing some live Starship, something that has been sorely missing. Secondly, I would like to publicly thank Real Gone for their excellent customer service. One of the CDs snapped when I tried to remove it, and they were very nice and sent a replacement right away.

This album is basically an authorized bootleg, not a polished live album. The high frequencies are weak throughout, including in the 8-kHz range, not just at 16 kHz. Of course there is a good side to that though, as there isn't much tape hiss either. As is disclosed on the back cover, the very end of "Volunteers" is taken from a different source. That source is mono, while the rest of the recording is stereo. There is also 2 seconds of distortion at the 3:20 mark of "Better Lying Down." This distortion is also found on an FM-broadcast recording of the show.

There is nothing bootleg-quality about the packaging however, which is very nice and includes black & white photos from the actual concert of the band and the crowd, as well as comments from Paul Kantner.

Think of this like the Starship's version of the Dead's "Dick's Picks" series. While the sound quality is not perfect, it is reasonably priced for a 2-CD set and nice for fans of the band to have. Hopefully the Starship will release more live shows from their '74 - early '80s glory years.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starship fans will celebrate! 6 Sept. 2013
By Stephen M Mix - Published on
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Great release for fans of Starship and 70s music in general. Very spirited vocals and musicianship; Grace Slick shines throughout. I hope more live Starship becomes available, especially tours in the later 1970s reflecting Spitfire and Earth (underappreciated great cd) tours. Amazon as usual shipped item quickly to this loyal music customer. Some comical moments regarding the fans in the trees add to the feeling of being present at the show. Drum solo is one of the better ones of this era that I have heard. Overall rating of 4.75 rounded up to 5 star.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality All The Way 'Round 12 Sept. 2013
By Maclen - Published on
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I bought this 2 cd set based on the fact that I love "Red Octopus" and quite a bit of the Jefferson Airplane. I expected this set to sound like the 3 cuts as a bonus on "Red Octopus" sound from Winterland November 1975. Those 3 cuts are terrific, the band is in fine form and mixing is just about perfect. This recording sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of a well and as another reviewer astutley observes it is distorted and loudly compressed. In short it is a mess, there is virtually no post recording production done here, it could use a remix or if source tapes are not in existance at the very least they should have EQ'd the concert to bring out the high end and some warmth to the recording. I'm not sure who recorded this set for the radio, but I have many King Biscuit Flour Hour Broadcasts from the 70's by such artists as Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, The Records, Squeeze, The Pretenders to name a few, all of them I taped with a high quality cassette recorder from back in the day and all of them have a clarity and definition of instruments that this CD sorely lacks. Huge dissapointment, complete waste of money.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, this Jefferson Starship concert should have stayed a bootleg. 10 Sept. 2013
By Monty Britton - Published on
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I am a big Jefferson Starship fan (up until Earth) and always liked how rough they sounded live. This is one band that always sounded better in the studio. Live, they were just all over the place. Some call this their "greatest' concert. It is back when they were actually getting along (would love to see this on video!) and some of their best work was Dragonfly, Red Octypus, and Spitfire. This is still worth having as a collectable, but the sound on this CD is distorted and recorded WAY TOO LOUD. I can barely handle thirty minutes of it. Barely turn it up and IT'S TOO LOUD. Maybe that's what people expect, but I want to control the master volume and not let the mixers control it. This is shocking in itself that this is from RCA label. They should have toned it down MANY decibles for my liking. Maybe now that I am older, I don't need it that LOUD. It's like figernails going down the chalk board.
Let me know other audiophiles. Am I right on this? I know the die-hard fanboys will be more forgiving, but this fan has waited too many years for this to be released when the mixers botched it. Let me know what you think.
Also on my receiver I turn the volume down to -65 and it is still too LOUD. What is up?
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