Jefferson Airplane Takes Off [France Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The debut Jefferson Airplane album was dominated by singer Marty Balin, who wrote or co-wrote all the original material and sang most of the lead vocals in his heartbreaking tenor with Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson providing harmonies and backup. Anderson's lead vocal on "Chauffeur Blues" indicated she was at least the equal of her successor, Grace Slick, as a belter. The music consisted mostly of folk-rock love songs, the most memorable of which were "It's No Secret" and "Come Up the Years." There was also a striking version of Dino Valente's "Get Together" recorded years before the Youngbloods' hit version. Jorma Kaukonen already displayed a talent for mixing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The debut Jefferson Airplane album was dominated by singer Marty Balin, who wrote or co-wrote all the original material and sang most of the lead vocals in his heartbreaking tenor with Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson providing harmonies and backup. Anderson's lead vocal on "Chauffeur Blues" indicated she was at least the equal of her successor, Grace Slick, as a belter. The music consisted mostly of folk-rock love songs, the most memorable of which were "It's No Secret" and "Come Up the Years." There was also a striking version of Dino Valente's "Get Together" recorded years before the Youngbloods' hit version. Jorma Kaukonen already displayed a talent for mixing country, folk, and blues riffs in a rock context and Jack Casady already had a distinctive bass sound. But the Airplane of Balin-Kantner-Kaukonen- Anderson-Casady-Spence is to be distinguished from the Balin-Kantner-Kaukonen -Casady-Slick-Dryden version of the band that would emerge on record five months later chiefly by Balin's dominance. Later, Grace Slick would become the group's vocal and visual focal point. On Takes Off, the Airplane was Balin's group. [The 2002 French re-release includes four bonus tracks: "Go to Her," "Let Me In," "High Flyin' Bird," and "That's Alright."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Rca Fs Imports
  • UPC: 743218478925
  • Catalog Number: 84789
  • Sales rank: 208,093

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues from an Airplane (2:14)
  2. 2 Let Me In (2:58)
  3. 3 Bringing Me Down (2:24)
  4. 4 It's No Secret (2:39)
  5. 5 Tobacco Road (3:29)
  6. 6 Runnin' 'Round This World (2:40)
  7. 7 Come Up the Years (2:32)
  8. 8 Run Around (2:39)
  9. 9 Let's Get Together (3:35)
  10. 10 Don't Slip Away (2:34)
  11. 11 Chauffeur Blues (2:28)
  12. 12 And I Like It (3:16)
  13. 13 Go to Her (4:07)
  14. 14 Let Me In (3:30)
  15. 15 High Flyin' Bird (2:34)
  16. 16 That's Alright (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Airplane Primary Artist
Marty Balin Vocals
Jorma Kaukonen Guitar, Vocals
Paul Kantner Guitar, Vocals
Signe Anderson Vocals
Jack Casady Bass
Alex Spence Drums
Technical Credits
David Hassinger Engineer
Matthew Katz Producer
Tommy Oliver Producer
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