My tastes change alot, so I am going to re-review their albums from my ears.
I think After Bathing at Baxters might be my new favourite, because I think its great all the way through, every song to me is perfect.Couldnt really name something I would take off except A Small Package, which is highly annoying.Other than that, it and Pillow are the only Airplane albums I can get through without a song being in the way, and Small Package isnt a song.I remember feeling the same way about Takes Off, but mainly because Takes Off just had kind of a plain-ness to me, and I never found it too interesting, thus there was nothing stand-out.Surrealistic Pillow is amazing all the way through, the least good song being DCBA-25, but even that is good.My favorite was always Comin' Back to Me.Crown of Creation is I think my second favorite, but I could do without Triad, Chushingura and the recording of Greasy Heart.Chushingura is useless, and although Triad is a good song, its just my least favorite on the album, maybe if it was on Volunteers I would like it more.Between the two, they could have fit Things are Better in the East.Greasy Heart is great, but I also agree it could have been heavier.I also didnt like the way Grace did the vocals.When I hear it live, she aces it, and it all is almost jazzy.Aside from that, the whole album I think is great and I personally couldnt leave a song off of it.Now, Volunteers could have been great.Wooden Ships blows CSNs version out of the water, its just so powerful, easily one of my top favorite JA songs.Then theres Eskimo Blue Day, my 2nd favorite on the album, and I think is almost equally amazing, one of Graces best.Volunteers the song is great, I absolutely love We Can Be Together, Good Shepherd is great, and Hey Fredrick is great too, just a bit to spread out and uneven.The Farm is alright, but I dont like the country thing.I hate A Song for All Season, my least favorite Airplane song I think of all time.I like Meadowlands more than I like that one.
Now, for the 1970s.Mexico/Have You Seen The Saucers is their best 45 IMO.Blows Against The Empire is a great album, flows well, just would have been better as a JA album.Then, Bark I think is great dispite all the crap everyone gives it.Think about it, everything on it is good except European Song and Thunk, those are just silly.But everything else isnt as bad as everyone wants to think.The album has as many bad songs as most Airplane album, a cut or two.And they are right next to eachother, you just have to get up and move the needle once instead of twice in a sitting.Highly underrated.Long John Silver, however, is better I think, and one of my favourite of their whole catalog, the only exceptions being Easter and the title track, and some bad mixing.Aerie is one of Graces best compositions, Twilight Double Leader is kick ass, dispite the lyrics kinda being odd.Trial By Fire is great, and thats great if its Hot Tuna like, I dont know what would be wrong with that!Eat Starch Mom is the best though, has one of the sickest riffs I have ever heard, and who knew I would find that on a Jefferson Airplane album.For me, it speaks for the REAL hippie movement -- having your own fun and telling parents and authority to f**k off!One of Grace and Jormas best.Now, my opinion of the albums is re-assessed.As a whole, I think they are a much better live band, and wish there were more official live releases.
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