Jefferson Starship

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Joe E. Covington (solo efforts)

- Jefferson Airplane

- Jesse, Wolff and Whings

- Paul Kantner (solo efforts)





Genre: rock

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Long John Silver

Company: Grunt

Catalog: FTR-1007

Country/State: San Francisco, California

Year: 1972

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: original die cut gatefold cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: not yet listed

Price: $12.00

Given how bad the previous set was, anything including 1972's "Long John Silver" had to stand as an improvement. With Kantner sounding increasingly out of it, the collection shifted the spotlight to Slick's limited voice (she sounded increasingly screechy) and haphazard compositional skills. Hardly the highlight of their catalog, but not a complete washout, several efforts including the title track,"Milk Train" and Kantner's rocking "Twilight Double Leader" (sounding like a precursor to the forthcoming Jefferson Starship era), at least bore recognizable melodies. Backed by an American tour which saw Slick maced, Kantner hurt and Casady busted (drugs), the collection proved another strong seller, reaching # 20. The album also served as the Airplane's final studio release; future efforts credited to the Jefferson Starship. (Originally released with an elaborate gatefold sleeve which could be folded to served as a stash box - seriously, the instructions were printed on the inner sleeve !!!, the packaging was actually more creative than the music.) Following the set's release bassist Casady and guitarist Kakounen decided to quit in order to pursue a full time career as Hot Tuna (see separate entry). Casady was replaced by former Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist David Freiberg.

"Long John Silver" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Long John Silver (Grace Slick - Jack Casady) - 4:22 
2.) Aerie (Gang of Eagles) (Grace Slick) - 4:46
3.) Twilight Double Leader (Paul Kantner) - 4:46
4.) Milk Train (Grace Slick - Papa John Creach - Roger Spotts) - 3:22

(side 2)

1.) The Son of Jesus (Paul Kantner) - 5:30
2.) Easter? (Grace Slick) - 4:05
3.) Trial By Fire (Jorma Kaukonen) - 4:38
4.) Alexander the Medium (Paul Kantner) - 6:50


9.) Eat Starch Mom (Grace Slick - Jorma Kaukonen) - 4:38

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