Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers CD Track Listing

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Jefferson Airplane Volunteers (1969)
Volunteers (Expanded 2003 Remaster)\n2004 RCA/BMG Heritage\n\nOriginally Released November 1969\nCD Edition Released 1987??\nMFSLGold CD Edition Released December 1990\nRemastered CD Edition Released January 27, 1998\nExpanded Remastered CD Edition Released June 22, 2004\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: Controversial at the time, delayed because of fights with the record company over lyrical content and the original title (Volunteers of America), Volunteers was a powerful release that neatly closed out and wrapped up the '60s. Here, the Jefferson Airplane presents itself in full revolutionary rhetoric, issuing a call to "tear down the walls" and "get it on together." "We Can Be Together" and "Volunteers" bookend the album, offering musical variations on the same chord progression and lyrical variations on the same theme. Between these politically charged rock anthems, the band offers a mix of words and music that reflect the competing ideals of simplicity and getting "back to the earth," and overthrowing greed and exploitation through political activism, adding a healthy dollop of psychedelic sci-fi for texture. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen's beautiful arrangement of the traditional "Good Shepherd" is a standout here, and Jerry Garcia's pedal steel guitar gives "The Farm" an appropriately rural feel. The band's version of "Wooden Ships" is much more eerie than that released earlier in the year by Crosby, Stills & Nash. Oblique psychedelia is offered here via Grace Slick's "Hey Frederick" and ecologically tinged "Eskimo Blue Day." Drummer Spencer Dryden gives an inside look at the state of the band in the country singalong "A Song for All Seasons." The musical arrangements here are quite potent. Nicky Hopkins' distinctive piano highlights a number of tracks, and Kaukonen's razor-toned lead guitar is therecording's unifying force, blazing through the mix, giving the album its distinctive sound. Although the political bent of the lyrics may seem dated to some, listening to Volunteers is like opening a time capsule on the end of an era, a time when young people still believed music had the power to change the world. [The 2004 reissue of the album comes with the addition of five previously unreleased bonus tracks recorded live at the Fillmore East on November 28 and 29, 1969: "Good Shepard," "Somebody to Love," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "Wooden Ships" and "Volunteers".] ~ Jim Newsom\n\nHalf.com Album Credits\nDavid Crosby, Contributing Artist\nJerry Garcia, Contributing Artist\nNicky Hopkins, Contributing Artist\nStephen Stills, Contributing Artist\nRich Schmitt, Engineer\nAl Schmitt, Producer\n\nAlbum Notes\nJefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner (vocals, vocals, guitar, guitar); Grace Slick, Marty Balin (vocals, vocals); Jorma Kaukonen (guitar, guitar); Jack Casady (bass guitar, bass guitar); Spencer Dryden (drums, drums).\n\nAdditional personnel: Jerry Garcia (steel guitar, steel guitar); Nicky Hopkins (piano, piano); Stephen Stills (organ, organ); Joey Covington (percussion, percussion); David Crosby, Mary Gannon, Denise Jewkes, Diane Hursh, Marilyn Hunt (background vocals, background vocals).\n\nLiner Note Authors: Jeff Tamarkin; Jeff Tamarkin.\nRecording information: Wally Heider Studio, San Francisco, California; Fillmore East, New York, New York (11/28/1969 - 11/29/1969).\n\nThis album made the Airplane's relations with the then ultra-conservative RCA a little tense. The label knew they had potentially one of America's biggest bands on their hands, and were compelled to let them use the "F" word--unprecedented on a major-label release at the time-- on "We Can Be Together." A more substantive sticking point, though, was the group's left-of-center political stance at that time, as expressed on the exhilarating call-to-arms title tune. VOLUNTEERS found the airplane at the vanguard of the burgeoning protest movement as realized in music, and "We Can Be Together" is more of a rallying cry than an invitation to alove-in. Even the Crosby-Stills-Kantner science fiction fantasy "Wooden Ships" is post-apocalyptic rather than dreamily fanciful."Eskimo Blue Day" and "Good Shepherd" are additional high points, as is the blatant sexuality of "Hey Frederick" where Grace Slick sings "either go away or go all the way in."\n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nThe Best It's Ever Sounded, October 5, 2004 \nReviewer: Coloratura (Cincinnati, OH)\nI haven't done a side-by-side comparison with the Mobile Fidelity CD, but I think RCA have done VOLUNTEERS proud. The band's first 16 track recording, the album'sdense production always suffered on vinyl (especially on Dynaflex) but it has been substantially sorted-out here thanks to the state of digital recording technologies. \n\nI was relieved to hear, from the get-go, a palpable bass presence, and as with the new remaster of BLESS ITS POINTED LITTLE HEAD, the multiple strands of instrumentalists are so clearly delineated that you can listen to the whole canvas or decide which musician you'd care to focus on, and follow. I never quite realized what a percussive performance "We Can Be Together" is given: Spencer Dryden's drums are competing with Paul's Kantner's acoustic and Nicky Hopkins' piano, and probably Marty Balin's tambourine, but as I say, all are audible now, giving the track an impressive sonic complexity. The acoustic guitars on "Good Shepherd" and "Turn My Life Down" sound as clear as river water chuckling over rocks in the flow, and all ofthe drums in Spencer's kit have clearer definition, so that we not only hear a backbeat but lots of jazz-flavored fills and percussive coloring. The most impressive tracks, sonically, are the ones that are most sparsely instrumentalized, such as "Eskimo Blue Day," and the extra space introduced in the sound of the recording gives Jack Casady's bass that much extra room in which to soundfuller, more rounded. (If this album has any seminal fault, it'sthat the band went overboard filling those 16 tracks, not realizing that less can be more, as is demonstrated here.) Even weaker tracks like "The Farm" and "A Song for All Seasons" become more interesting given the more pronounced and appreciable interplay ofthe musicians, especially Hopkins and Casady. Still, I have to accord MVP rating on this album to Jorma Kaukonen, never more impassioned in the studio than during his searing solo on "Wooden Ships" and never more mind-boggling than in his duet with himself onGrace Slick's "Hey Fredrick." The outstanding quality of his performance has shone through the murkiest mixes and masterings RCA could hurl at this album, and it's just breathtaking here. \n\nUnlike the live bonus tracks on BLESS ITS POINTED LITTLE HEAD, the live bonus tracks on VOLUNTEERS -- same venue, one year later -- are superb and a boon to the overall package. The band is well-mixed and they play as if they know they are being recorded, and itmatters to them to be at their best. Some audience members have clearly heard the new album and respond warmly when "Wooden Ships" is introduced, and this, "Good Shepherd" and the title track are all given near-definitive live recitals. \n\nWarmly recommended. \n\nPet warning: The rumbling iceberg sounds that close "EskimoBlue Day" sent my cats running out of the room. \n\nAmazon.com Customer Review\nWhat a rip-off!, July 8, 2004\nReviewer: A music fan\nI can't believe that Kantner/Balin/Slick et al are letting RCA get away with this! Or maybe they don't have anything to do with it. Who knows? A huge disappointment after RCA finally did justice to the first four albums with valuable bonus tracks put in their proper context. Where in the heck is the quad mix of "Volunteers"? Where is "Have You Seen the Saucers" and "Mexico"? The bean counters at RCA want to force you to STILL buy "Early Flight" despite that fact that they covered most of that ground with the first four reissues.\nA bunch of undistinquished live tracks is not enough incentive to upgrade to this release, particularly when they had plenty of good studio stuff to choose from.\n\nSickening!
This rock cd contains 15 tracks and runs 70min 4sec.
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  1. Jefferson Airplane - We Can Be Together (05:47)
  2. Jefferson Airplane - Good Shepherd (04:22)
  3. Jefferson Airplane - The Farm (03:13)
  4. Jefferson Airplane - Hey Fredrick (08:34)
  5. Jefferson Airplane - Turn My Life Down (02:57)
  6. Jefferson Airplane - Wooden Ships (06:28)
  7. Jefferson Airplane - Eskimo Blue Day (06:36)
  8. Jefferson Airplane - A Song For All Seasons (03:29)
  9. Jefferson Airplane - Meadowlands (01:04)
  10. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (02:08)
  11. Jefferson Airplane - Good Shepherd (live) (07:20)
  12. Jefferson Airplane - Somebody To Love (live) (04:10)
  13. Jefferson Airplane - Plastic Fantastic Lover (live) (03:21)
  14. Jefferson Airplane - Wooden Ships (live) (07:00)
  15. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers (live) (03:26)


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