redrabid wrote:To JoeD80:
That's the essence of a comparison, isn't it? One compares between two different things. But my point is that I don't know one single live performance of "White Rabbit" by JA that is truly outstanding. The best ones are just O.K., despite some good vocals by Grace. The song was always played in a rushed, loveless way: "O yeah, White Rabbit, let's get it over with.". And that's a shame, "White Rabbit" lent itself so well for improvisation, as The Great Society showed. Why did they resent this song so much?
It's a short song anyway as the Airplane arranged it; dropping the introduction completely and just starting in with Jack's bass; playing it more as a piece for Jack & Grace than a song for improvisation. Yes, they could have added a lot of extra touches like they tended to do to "Somebody to Love" and their other songs, but for some reason they didn't. I don't think it means that they resented the song, just that they chose to work on their other songs more. They might have gotten bored of it too I suppose; they didn't play it during the "Long John Silver" tour.
plasticfantastic wrote:Probably they resented it to some degree because it was their first (and really only) huge hit. They probably felt they'd moved on.
Then again, that never stopped The Who from singing My Generation... odd, isn't it?
Somebody to Love was a bigger hit (#5 vs. #8) and they have had some really cool arrangements of that one and never dropped it from their repertoire.