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Fat Angel Question

Postby DonRico1967 on Sat May 31, 2008 12:40 am

... Great song, composed by the great Donovan.

I have heard it performed on numerous live JA recordings, e.g. from BLESS IT'S POINTED LITTLE HEAD...

Does there exist a JA (unofficially-released but perhaps extant) "studio" version?

I do not own "The Airplane Man" Craig Fenton's TAKE ME TO A CIRCUS TENT book and so I have a question:

WHO in the band plays WHAT instrument on this song?

I think I have heard that Marty plays bass? Maybe Paul is doing "lead" guitar?

What do Jack and Jorma play?

Am I mixed-up or what?

Can somebody, anybody, clear this confusion for me?

If so, thank you in advance... Inqiring minds want to KNOW.
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby Dormouse on Sat May 31, 2008 1:59 am

First, I would definitely recommend Craig's book. It has amazing photos and interviews, but my favorite section is the intensive record on all of the Airplane's performances, which include all of the songs they played, and special notes, such as when it was first performed, etc...

Well, something interesting. I had a little trouble finding it in Craig's book. In the liner notes that came with the CD, it said it was performed in November, but it should probably read October 26, 1968. Fat Angel was the opening number that night, and Bless Its Pointed Little Head was the first live album.

However, I couldn't find any information on who was playing what.

As for the studio version of the song, I am a little skeptical. They often performed Other Side of This Life live, but to my knowledge, was never done as a "studio version".
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby 42wenty on Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:15 pm

According to the Bless it Pointed Head notes Marty jumped on bass, Paul made the drone sounds, Jack jumped on rythym guitar, and Jorma on leads.
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby psychhead on Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:15 pm

Exactly 42! :)
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby DonRico1967 on Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:06 am

Confirms what I have read.

Groovalicious.

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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby JoeD80 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:41 pm

I don't think any studio version of Jefferson Airplane playing Fat Angel was ever done. They just enjoyed playing it live. :)
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby JoeD80 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:43 pm

By the way, what notes does this refer to? I own the LP, the CD released in the 90s and the most recent remaster and I don't see any notes in any of them that say what instruments are being played. Did I miss something?
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Re: Fat Angel Question

Postby DonRico1967 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:53 pm

Joe, that was the original intent of my question.

Apparently, certain members play different instruments than their particularly customary (and may I say masterful) ones...

I just wondered who plays what, and what people agreed upon, and what I have read.

That is all.


P.S.: We do that sort of stuff around here...

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