Volunteers

Volunteers

by Jefferson Airplane
     
 

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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

Overview

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 the recording'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. [Volunteers was re-released on CD in 2013.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
Label:
Culture Factory
UPC:
0819514010302
catalogNumber:
1030
Rank:
110435

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Airplane   Primary Artist
Steve Stills   Hammond B3
Joey Covington   Percussion
Nicky Hopkins   Piano
Ace of Cups   Vocals
Bill Laudner   Vocals
Diane Hursh   Vocals
Marilyn Hunt   Vocals
Denise Jewkes   Vocals
Mary Gannon   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marty Balin   Composer
Jorma Kaukonen   Arranger,Composer
Grace Slick   Arranger,Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Paul Kantner   Arranger,Composer
David Crosby   Composer
Spencer Dryden   Composer
Bill Laudner   Contributor
Schmitt   Producer
Mary Ann Mayer   Contributor
Jim Smircich   Back Cover Photo
Gary Blackman   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bill Thompson   Contributor
Chick Casady   Contributor
Gail Hellund   Contributor
Steve Hofmann   Contributor
Sally Mann   Contributor
Glenn McKay   Contributor
Gray Odell   Contributor
Netta Owl   Contributor
Janet Trice   Contributor
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo
Jacky Watts   Contributor
Tom Smothers   Liner Notes
Rich Schmitt   Engineer
Paul Dowell   Contributor
Patieraci Mauriceman   Contributor

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