Jefferson Airplane Download
Oct 9, 1966Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, CA)
Jefferson Airplane Download
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Total Length:
35:43
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Jefferson Airplane Download

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What Makes Our Downloads Great

Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Bill Graham Introduction / Jam / Don't Let Me Down10:12
  2. 2Don't Slip Away03:04
  3. 3Let Me In04:39
  4. 4And I Like It07:22
  5. 5Baby, What You Want Me To Do04:47
  6. 63/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds05:39
Item Number:
  • 120-3230-AD
Date:
  • Oct 9, 1966
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Bill Graham Introduction / Jam / Don't Let Me Down10:12
  2. 2Don't Slip Away03:04
  3. 3Let Me In04:39
  4. 4And I Like It07:22
  5. 5Baby, What You Want Me To Do04:47
  6. 63/5ths Of A Mile In 10 Seconds05:39
Total Length:
35:43
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Signe Anderson - vocals; Marty Balin - vocals, percussion; Paul Kantner - vocals, guitar; Jorma Kaukonen - lead guitar; Jack Casady - bass; Spencer Dryden - drums

This Sunday afternoon Jefferson Airplane set, sandwiched between sets by the Grateful Dead and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, concluded a memorable three-day run at Fillmore Auditorium. At this point in time, Spencer Dryden had recently replaced original drummer Skip Spence, who had moved on to found Moby Grape. Original female vocalist, Signe Anderson, was still on board, soon to be replaced by Grace Slick.

The group was clearly forging ahead into new territory, beginning to leave most of their folk roots behind. Dryden and Casady were beginning to develop into one of the most powerful and original sounding rhythm sections in all of rock music. Their contribution was inspiring the other bandmembers to take a more adventurous approach, especially Jorma Kaukonen, who was becoming a powerful lead guitarist, and Marty Balin, who was beginning to improvise vocally.

This new approach is evident from the start of their set. Following Bill Graham's introduction, the group immediately launches into an improvisational jam, clearly a departure from the tight vocal arrangements of their early material. This 10-minute workout eventually becomes "Don't Let Me Down," a song that was consciously left open ended so that Balin could improvise vocally while the musicians improvised instrumentally. This song would continue its metamorphosis over coming months, becoming shorter and more defined as time went on. At this early stage, it was still quite experimental and more adventurous.

The next three songs, "Don't Slip Away," "Let Me In," and "And I Like It," represent material from their debut album and display the perfect balance they were beginning to achieve between vocal and instrumental arrangements. This balance is what set them apart from many of their contemporaries. Bands like the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service also had superb adventurous musicians during this early era, but in the vocal department, few could match the dynamic vocal prowess of the Airplane.

Jorma Kaukonen usually got a showcase song in these early sets where he could demonstrate his love for the blues, and this set is no exception. However, on this set we are treated to an early performance of Jimmy Reed's "Baby, What You Want Me To Do," a song that is extremely rare among early Airplane setlists. It's a wonderful performance and, not surprisingly, points to the musical areas Kaukonen and Casady would eventually explore in Hot Tuna years later.

The set ends with a fascinating early rendition of "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," one of the powerhouse songs soon to be recorded for Surrealistic Pillow. Still being defined, this early version clearly shows where the group is heading and it's particularly interesting to hear the band play it with Signe Anderson on board.

Another wonderful example of early Jefferson Airplane in full flight.

Written by Alan Bershaw

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