In the "long strange trip" department, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the contentious, trend-setting San Francisco band Jefferson Airplane. It eventually mutated into a loose ensemble called Jefferson Starship , but the Airplane spirit is alive and well. It's the first recording from Kantner and company since a Airplane reunion album. At the recent Haight Street Fair , the Starship played an unannounced set, to the surprise and delight of the crowd. It wasn't quite a Golden Gate Park "be-in," but this isn't
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Jefferson Starship - Deep Space / Extra Virgin Sky Cd
Grace Slick makes a rare guest appearance, participating on "Wooden Ships" and singing her songs "Lawman" and "White Rabbit," as well as ex-brother-in-law Darby Slick's "Somebody to Love. Darby Gould was in that group and brought this exquisite song along with her. It's an amazing composition, one of the high points of the new material. And have you kept tabs on how many bandmembers utilize portions of Darby Slick's name?
Jefferson Starship - Deep Space / Extra Virgin Sky (2 Cd Digipak)
The group pointed fingers, named names, called for an overthrow of the system, but did so with wit, intelligence and razor-sharp sarcasm rather than easy sloganeering. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Paul Kantner, the most outspoken of the group, left Starship before the release of that single, for which he roundly lambasted his former band mates. It also may surprise those who thought these musicians went to pasture long ago. Even our best albums have been lacking, for me.
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