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Bless Its Pointed Little Head

Jefferson Airplane

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Jefferson Airplane's first live album demonstrated the group's development as concert performers, taking a number of songs that had been performed in concise, pop-oriented versions on their early albums -- "3/5's of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "Somebody to Love," "It's No Secret," "Plastic Fantastic Lover" -- and rendering them in arrangements that were longer, harder rocking, and more densely textured, especially in terms of the guitar and basslines constructed by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The group's three-part vocal harmonizing and dueling was on display during such songs as a nearly seven-minute version of Fred Neil's folk-blues standard "The Other Side of This Life," here transformed into a swirling rocker. The album emphasized the talents of Kaukonen and singer Marty Balin over the team of Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, who had tended to dominate recent records: the blues song "Rock Me Baby" was a dry run for Hot Tuna, the band Kaukonen and Casady would form in two years, and Balin turned in powerful vocal performances on several of his own compositions, notably "It's No Secret." Jefferson Airplane was still at its best in concise, driving numbers, rather than in the jams on Donovan's "Fat Angel" (running 7:35) or the group improv "Bear Melt" (11:21); they were just too intense to stretch out comfortably. But Bless Its Pointed Little Head served an important function in the group's discography, demonstrating that their live work had a distinctly different focus and flavor from their studio recordings.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
Clergy (Live at the Fillmore East, New York, NY - November 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:01:35

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Unknown, Lyricist - Al Schmitt, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
3/5 of a Mile In 10 Seconds (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:04:39

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Balin, Composer - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Marty Balin, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Somebody to Love (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Live Version - Remastered 2004)
00:04:15

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Darby Slick, Lyricist - Darby Slick, Composer - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Fat Angel (Live at the Fillmore East, New York, NY - November 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:07:36

Jorma Kaukonen, Guitar - Spencer Dryden, Drums - Grace Slick, Vocal - Jack Casady, Bass - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Stephen Marcussen, Mastering Engineer - Marty Balin, Vocal - D. Leitch, Composer - D. Leitch, Lyricist - Al Schmitt, Producer - Paul Kantner, Vocal - Paul Kantner, Guitar - Jefferson Airplane, Performer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Rock Me Baby (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:07:45

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Jefferson Airplane, Arranger - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
The Other Side of This Life (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:06:48

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Fred Neil, Composer - Fred Neil, Lyricist - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
It's No Secret (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:03:31

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Marty Balin, Lyricist - Marty Balin, Composer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Plastic Fantastic Lover (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:03:53

Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Richie Schmitt, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Marty Balin, Lyricist - Marty Balin, Composer

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Turn Out the Lights (Live at the Fillmore East, New York, NY - November 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:01:24

Paul Kantner, Composer - Paul Kantner, Lyricist - Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Spencer Dryden, Composer - Spencer Dryden, Lyricist - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Grace Slick, Composer - Grace Slick, Lyricist - Al Schmitt, Producer - Jorma Kaukonen, Composer - Jorma Kaukonen, Lyricist - John Casady, Composer - John Casady, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Bear Melt (Live at the Fillmore East, New York, NY - November 1968) (Remastered 2004)
00:11:22

Paul Kantner, Composer - Paul Kantner, Lyricist - Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Spencer Dryden, Composer - Spencer Dryden, Lyricist - Richie Schmitt, Recording Engineer - Grace Slick, Composer - Grace Slick, Lyricist - Al Schmitt, Producer - Jorma Kaukonen, Composer - Jorma Kaukonen, Lyricist - John Casady, Composer - John Casady, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Today (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968)
00:03:50

Paul Kantner, Composer - Paul Kantner, Lyricist - Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Richie Schmitt, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer - Marty Balin, Lyricist - Marty Balin, Composer

Originally recorded 1968 & released 2004. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Watch Her Ride (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968)
00:03:19

Paul Kantner, Composer - Paul Kantner, Lyricist - Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Richie Schmitt, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer

Originally recorded 1968 & released 2004. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Won't You Try (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA - October 1968)
00:05:29

Paul Kantner, Composer - Paul Kantner, Lyricist - Jefferson Airplane, Performer - Richie Schmitt, Engineer - Al Schmitt, Producer

Originally recorded 1968 & released 2004. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Jefferson Airplane's first live album demonstrated the group's development as concert performers, taking a number of songs that had been performed in concise, pop-oriented versions on their early albums -- "3/5's of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "Somebody to Love," "It's No Secret," "Plastic Fantastic Lover" -- and rendering them in arrangements that were longer, harder rocking, and more densely textured, especially in terms of the guitar and basslines constructed by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady. The group's three-part vocal harmonizing and dueling was on display during such songs as a nearly seven-minute version of Fred Neil's folk-blues standard "The Other Side of This Life," here transformed into a swirling rocker. The album emphasized the talents of Kaukonen and singer Marty Balin over the team of Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, who had tended to dominate recent records: the blues song "Rock Me Baby" was a dry run for Hot Tuna, the band Kaukonen and Casady would form in two years, and Balin turned in powerful vocal performances on several of his own compositions, notably "It's No Secret." Jefferson Airplane was still at its best in concise, driving numbers, rather than in the jams on Donovan's "Fat Angel" (running 7:35) or the group improv "Bear Melt" (11:21); they were just too intense to stretch out comfortably. But Bless Its Pointed Little Head served an important function in the group's discography, demonstrating that their live work had a distinctly different focus and flavor from their studio recordings.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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