Jefferson Starship Download
Dec 30, 1979 (Late)X's (San Francisco, CA)
Jefferson Starship Download
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Total Length:
1:05:01
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Jefferson Starship 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. 1Wooden Ships08:32
  2. 2Somebody To Love05:27
  3. 3Stranger09:25
  4. 4Fading Lady Light03:43
  5. 5Just The Same08:08
  6. 6Light The Sky On Fire06:18
  7. 7Drum Solo07:22
  8. 8Volunteers03:29
  9. 9Dance With The Dragon07:46
  10. 10Jane04:51
Item Number:
  • 50790-3231-AD
Date:
  • Dec 30, 1979 (Late)
Venue:
Sample this concert
  1. 1Wooden Ships08:32
  2. 2Somebody To Love05:27
  3. 3Stranger09:25
  4. 4Fading Lady Light03:43
  5. 5Just The Same08:08
  6. 6Light The Sky On Fire06:18
  7. 7Drum Solo07:22
  8. 8Volunteers03:29
  9. 9Dance With The Dragon07:46
  10. 10Jane04:51
Total Length:
1:05:01
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Paul Kantner - lead vocals, guitar; Mickey Thomas - lead vocals; David Freiberg - bass, vocals; Craig Chaquico - lead guitar, vocals; Aynsley Dunbar - drums; Pete Sears - keyboards, vocals

This show was recorded at X's in San Francisco, the first of a two-night stand by the Bay Area's favorite rockers: Jefferson Starship. This was a strange time for the band, both musically and personally. The group, which had begun in 1965 as the Jefferson Airplane, had splintered into a myriad of solo and side projects, and by 1979, when this show was recorded, only Paul Kantner remained from the original Airplane line-up.

Furthermore, the group had lost two of its key members, singers Grace Slick and Marty Balin, the previous year, in a haze of in-fighting, musical power struggles, and substance abuse. Jefferson Starship, now fully under the leadership of Kantner, had regrouped and reinvented itself musically with a muscular and hard-rock driven sound that was shaped around the lead guitar work of 19 year-old guitarist Craig Chaquico, the powerhouse drumming of ex-Bowie/Journey basher Aynsley Dunbar, and the band's new lead vocalist, Mickey Thomas. Thomas had just spent several years as the front person for the Elvin Bishop Group, and had seen a top-five hit with the song "Fooled Around And Fell In Love."

What is remarkable about this recording is how much they had changed: they sound light years away from the acoustic/electric blend of the classic Airplane/Starship recordings the band had built its foundation upon. Kantner was keen to embrace the growing AOR (Album-oriented rock) format of FM radio, and took the band in a direction that was not unlike the contemporary recordings of that day by Foreigner or Journey. Opening with "Wooden Ships" (the classic song co-written by members of Starship and CSN), Kantner and the band move into a hard-rocking remake of the old Airplane classic "Somebody To Love." Without Slick it sounds weird, but the band certainly rocks its ass off on this version.

Next, they offer an early version of "Stranger," another rocker, which was also the track that prompted Slick to rejoin the group the following year. The rest of the set comes mainly from tracks presented on the band's 1979 platinum disc, Freedom At Point Zero, including a powerhouse take of the radio hit "Jane." They also offer up a version of the Airplane classic "Volunteers," which had its lyrics modified to reflect the recent anti-nuclear power sentiments going on in the USA at the time.

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