The Worst of Jefferson Airplane [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Originally released in 1970, just as Jefferson Airplane's influence and fortunes were peaking -- and maybe a little bit past that peak, as they were in the process of losing both Marty Balin and Spencer Dryden from the lineup -- The Worst of Jefferson Airplane was one of the few best-of albums of the period that it felt cool to own. Some of that had to do with the fact that a lot of care was taken with the design, from the lettering and logos on the label and jacket (re-creating the RCA Victor emblems going back to the early-'30s 78-rpm era) right through to the rough texture of the paper used on the original LP edition's jacket and the color and texture of the matching LP ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Originally released in 1970, just as Jefferson Airplane's influence and fortunes were peaking -- and maybe a little bit past that peak, as they were in the process of losing both Marty Balin and Spencer Dryden from the lineup -- The Worst of Jefferson Airplane was one of the few best-of albums of the period that it felt cool to own. Some of that had to do with the fact that a lot of care was taken with the design, from the lettering and logos on the label and jacket (re-creating the RCA Victor emblems going back to the early-'30s 78-rpm era) right through to the rough texture of the paper used on the original LP edition's jacket and the color and texture of the matching LP inner sleeve; no one seeing this in a record store browser was going to mistake this for some slapped-together exploitation of the group's back catalog, or the work of a bunch of record company hacks. But mostly it was cool because the music selection was solid, bold, and challenging down to the last note, while being accessible as a "pop" release (which most "best-of" albums inevitably are at some level), while representing all the major phases of the band's history and development and all of the creative personalities involved at or near their respective peaks, all on a single platter. It found room for the most stunning lyrical moment in Marty Balin's whole career, on "Today," but also reached out to the live Bless It's Pointed Little Head for "Plastic Fantastic Lover," which offered one of the finest performances on bass by Jack Casady of their entire output. The only obvious omission was Paul Kantner's collaboration with David Crosby and Stephen Stills on "Wooden Ships," but in fairness, the latter song was on the Airplane's then-most-recent album, which was already pretty well represented here. This reissue adds two songs, the jaggedly played yet beautifully harmonized "Watch Her Ride" and pounding, driving "Greasy Heart" (both of which probably just missed the cut for the LP back when), stuck together right in the middle of the song lineup. Their presence does extend the value of the original album, but the real treat here is the remastering by Bob Irwin of Sundazed Records, which has brought out a lot of details -- basslines that were formerly obscured; rhythm guitar parts that one never heard so cleanly or so well; vocals by Grace Slick, Marty Balin, and Paul Kantner that now seem as finely nuanced as they are powerful. And the fidelity also puts Jorma Kaukonen's lead guitar on numbers like "It's No Secret," "Crown of Creation," etc., practically right between your ears. The packaging has also been enhanced and now re-creates -- or at least acknowledges -- the artwork and design of the original LP release. And it's still the neatest single-platter synopsis of the Airplane's classic sound in all of its permutations that one can find.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767589329
  • Catalog Number: 75893
  • Sales rank: 946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's No Secret (2:40)
  2. 2 Blues from an Airplane (2:12)
  3. 3 Somebody to Love (2:58)
  4. 4 Today (2:59)
  5. 5 White Rabbit (2:30)
  6. 6 Embryonic Journey (1:53)
  7. 7 Martha (3:26)
  8. 8 The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil (4:33)
  9. 9 Watch Her Ride (3:15)
  10. 10 Greasy Heart (3:28)
  11. 11 Crown of Creation (2:55)
  12. 12 Chushingura (1:19)
  13. 13 Lather (2:57)
  14. 14 Plastic Fantastic Lover (3:50)
  15. 15 Good Shepherd (4:24)
  16. 16 We Can Be Together (5:47)
  17. 17 Volunteers (2:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Airplane Primary Artist
Marty Balin Group Member
Jorma Kaukonen Group Member
Grace Slick Group Member
Skip Spence Group Member
Paul Kantner Group Member
Signe Anderson Group Member
Jack Casady Group Member
Spencer Dryden Group Member
Technical Credits
Marty Balin Composer
Jorma Kaukonen Arranger, Composer
Grace Slick Composer
Skip Spence Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
Spencer Dryden Composer
Ben Edmonds Liner Notes
Rick Jarrard Producer
Matthew Katz Producer
Al Schmitt Producer
Darby Slick Composer
Tommy Oliver Producer
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer, Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Bill Thompson Arranger, Creative Consultant
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