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on 5 January 2008
Concur comments of previous review in full and wonder why only afforded a three star rating. This is a tremendous showcase of three of San Fran's finest Bands. The hour long concert was filmed at Chet Helm`s Family Dog Ballroom and features a superb liquid lightshow. What makes the release particularly appealing is the sensational 5.1 surround sound. This is a real enhancement for a concert shot in 1970.

Santana's opening set is entirely instrumental featuring "Incident at Neshabur" from Abraxus and "Soul Sacrifice" from their first Album. It is an electric start with side stage, free form, girl dancers providing additional eye catching entertainment. Jerry and the gang follow with Pigpen on lead vocals for the bluesy "Hard to handle". Jerry takes the lead himself on "China Cat Sunflower" which leads seemlessly into the shared vocals of "I know you Rider".

If you ever wondered why The Airplane were the Premier Bay Area act of the Time then this DVD illustrates the extent of their power. Two of the finest lead vocalists, a power house rhythm section, awesome lead guitarist and a superb harmony singer/ rhythm guitarist. "The ballad of you me and Pooneil" really kicks in hard with Marty & Grace trading vocals with Paul Kantner. No one else sounded like this band at the time and now you can see why. Their two song set closes enchantingly with Grace taking the lead during "Eskimo Blue Day".

By contrast the closing Jam is a little anti-climatic. Very much a loose session between several members of each band. Worth watching nonetheless as an example of a totally unstructured performance typical of San Fran at the time but not graced by Grace unfortunately.
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on 20 October 2016
Having read previous positive reviews, and featuring two of my favourite bands from the sixties era (Airplane & Santana) l had high hopes for this DVD.
Santana kick off the show with two instrumentals. The first a slightly jazz-tinged number, and the second 'Soul Sacrifice' a 12 minute tour de force,
much of which is taken up with conga and drum solos. The Santana mini-set showcases a band playing exciting rhythmic rock which they have obviously practiced hard, to get a fluid and well syncopated group sound. As long as you are into percussion, you will probably enjoy this.
Unfortunately the rest of the concert is a bit shambolic in comparison. Whilst Grateful Dead get into a bit of a groove musically, the vocals of Pigpen and Jerry Garcia on the first two of their three numbers leave much to be desired. There is nothing which really excites in the Grateful Dead set, but then l admit l was never much of a fan.
Jefferson Airplane uncharacteristically sound under-rehearsed, with the three vocalists all over the place, and sometimes out of tune. There are flashes of Jorma Kaukonen's searing guitar style, but it does not sound as if proper sound checks were done, and Grace Slick appears to be having trouble hearing her own vocals. I don't usually comment on people's dress, but Grace is surely wearing one of the most ill-designed tops l have ever seen!
If you love Airplane l would recommend the compilation DVD 'Fly Jefferson Airplane' to see them turn in some better performances in the live segments.
The jam at the end of the Family Dog concert is like most of these efforts - too many musicians/instruments competing against each other and no proper planning for individual musicians to play lead segments, so it just meanders along.
Obviously other reviewers enjoyed this more than l did, but l can only speak as l find. The three stars are really only for the Santana contribution.
One last sobering thought - the braless 'chicks' gyrating around the stage area so alluringly will probably now be pushing 70! Us OAP hippies are from a generation which left a great musical legacy, unfortunately l don't think this DVD does justice to some of the great sounds of that era.
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on 15 May 2017
As described and quick delivery thanks
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on 16 November 2010
All three groups perform well and likewise the jam at close
is excellent. My only regret is that all three groups only
play a few pieces each. If only this was a full concert from each group but nonetheless this is an excellent dvd and gives a great taste of the time and fine performances.
Personally i was especially fond of jefferson airplane as
a teenager in the 70's but often felt some of their live
performances didnt meet the quality of their studio recordings...
.....this however for me is them at their best.
Hope everyone esle enjoys this dvd as much as I.
I wouldnt be without it.
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on 3 October 2012
A marvelous job has been done in producing this hight quality dvd, capturing magnificentley the Airplane and the Dead at their dance hall zenith and Santana are no slouches either.
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on 4 February 2009
I was pleasently surprised at the quality of this DVD and the sound on some tracks was very good and a joy to watch.

I purchased this on a review I read on Amazon and can only reiterate, buy it if you the Jefferson Airplane,
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on 30 May 2016
Excellent, I bought this mainly for the Grateful Dead set but am also a fan of Jefferson Airplane. But its given me a real insight into the quality of Santana,s music and the final jam between all the bands is superb. Great value too!
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