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Fell Below Expectations
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.