#1066: 1966, Jefferson Airplane, Blues From An Airplane

by Jackie_South on February 9, 2016

2016 has been a busy year for Rock’N’Roll’s Grim Reaper. Whilst we were still reeling from the demise of Lemmy in the closing days of 2015 we had the devastating loss of the genius of David Bowie. Then last week, Maurice White, the outlandish and eccentric driving force of Earth Wind and Fire shuffled off this mortal coil.

But on 28 January, two of the original members of Jefferson Airplane died on the same day. Paul Kantner, guitarist, sometime singer and anchor of the band died on the same day as original female vocalist Signe Toly Anderson.

Anderson’s departure after the first album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, opened the space that Grace Slick filled. But whilst their most famous material was on the 1967 Surrealistic Pillow – and in particular two songs written by Slick (Somebody to Love and White Rabbit) – none of that would have happened without Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. It is an album that reeks of the early Haight Ashbury psychedelic music scene, you can practically see the tie-dye and inhale the pot listening to it.

Blues From An Airplane opens the album and tells you what you are getting: the bridge between the early Byrds and psychedelia. Marvellous stuff.

Paul Kantner & Signe Toly Anderson, Rest in Peace. Let’s remember them for this, (and, in Kentner’s case, not for Jefferson Starship).

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