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Jefferson Starship - 2013 Live In Central Park NYC May 12, 1975

ARTIST: Jefferson Starship
ALBUM: Live In Central Park NYC May 12, 1975
LABEL: Real Gone Music
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Marty Balin - vocals * Grace Slick - vocals * Paul Kantner - vocals, guitar * Craig Chaquico - guitar * David Freiberg - keyboards * Pete Sears - bass, keyboards * Papa John Creach - violin * John Barbata - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Intro - Ride The Tiger * 02 Stage announcements - Fast Buck Freddie * 03 The Witcher * 04 Stage Announcements- Devils Den * 05 Caroline * 06 Drivin' Me Crazy * 07 Papa John's Down Home Blues * 08 Play On Love * 09 Better Lyin' Down * 10 Have You Seen The Saucers * 11 Come To Life * 12 White Rabbit * 13 Stage Announcements * 14 Sweeter Than Honey * 15 Somebody To Love * 16 Volunteers



As crazy as it sounds in their heyday Jefferson Starship never put out a live record. This might have been due to their ever revolving line-up, a steady studio, album, tour schedule or it just didn't seem necessary. Whatever the reasons the wait for this early set recorded in New York's Central Park in the smoggy summer of 1975 was definitely worth it. The concert was free and a big deal with an estimated 50-100,000 people in attendance all to see a band that were only one album into their career with 'Dragon Fly' but with a huge back catalog to draw from as Jefferson Airplane. Groundbreaking radio station WNEW-FM aired the concert although the band's management saved the tapes or at least the majority of the set and under the direction of Real Gone Music pieced together two missing songs from another source. The resulting long overdue two-disc release is spectacular.

The Songs
This certainly isn't a hit after hit marathon as typical of most live albums with the band mixing it up with some really unusual numbers including a couplet from Marty Balin's short-lived outfit Bodacious DF. Have to say I've never heard their 1973 album but based on the hard-driving and near Bon Scott styled vocals from Balin on 'The Witcher' and the dreamy pop rock of 'Drivin' Me Crazy'; it's now on my ever growing want list. 'Dragon Fly' gets a check-in with a ozone-searing version of 'Ride The Tiger' and the always lovely 'Caroline' and while the release of what would be their biggest selling LP 'Red Octopus' was still a month or two away, three tunes from that album appear including a soaring 'Play On Love' that is superior to the studio version which itself was a minor hit. Both discs contain entertaining banter from the band pleading with the audience to get out of the park's Tree's or else and Grace Slick calling the dazed and confused culprits 'Turkeys' while the more familiar Jefferson Airplane material is saved for the end of show and features the obscure B-side 'Have You Seen The Saucers' followed by decent renditions of 'White Rabbit', 'Somebody to Love' and 'Volunteers' although the latter does contain some very minor tape issues.

In Summary
Completing the package is Richie Unterberger's informative interview with Paul Kantner and photographs from the gig with all the flavour and heat of that memorable New York summer.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 25 2013 14:37:23
The fullblown version of the album cover looks amazing in closeup.. Right click this image, then zoom in again for more detail.
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