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Jefferson Airplane Volunteers on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 373/500!
Seminal 1969 Album Steeped in Revolution, Vitality, Protest: The Aural
Equivalent of a Demonstration March, Jefferson Airplane's Uncompromising
Volunteers Rooted in Belief Music Can Change World
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Wider, Deeper Grooves on 180g 45RPM 2LP
Set Yield Superior Transparency, Rich Nuances, and Engaging Dynamics on Set
Ranked #373 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Defiant, Assured, Cohesive Songs Filled With Driving Psychedelia, Rustic
Country, and Crunchy Acid-Rock: Guest Musicians Include Jerry Garcia, Stephen
Stills, and David Crosby
Awash in controversy and loaded with revolutionary protest, Jefferson Airplane's
Volunteers stands as the last album made by the group's classic lineup and brings
insurgent closure to the peace-and-love era. The potent 1969 record confronts
war, politics, greed, and environmental ruin in head-on fashion matched by few
peers. Steeped in the belief people and music could transform the world, it
steers the band in community-minded and county-rock directions, and features
charged playing by guest luminaries such as Jerry Garcia, Stephen Stills, David
Crosby, and Nicky Hopkins. Volunteers also benefits from being one of the first
16-track recordings. And now, the historic set can be heard in the fidelity the
artists and producers intended.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's
180g 45RPM 2LP set of Volunteers teems with soul-affirming energy, dynamics,
immediacy, and standout textures. The wider and deeper grooves translate into
finer pacing, enhanced information retrieval, and superior transparency.
Soundstages stretch far and extend back, with instrumental separation giving all
of the musicians their own place in the mix. As a result, subtle albeit
important details – Hopkins' rollicking piano, guitarist Norma Kaukonen's biting
tones, Garcia's deft pedal-steel work – emerge in three-dimensional fashion
amidst a musical canvas that manages to be both edgy and produced, raw and
revealing. Jefferson Airplane has never sounded more vital.
Much had changed in America – and within Jefferson Airplane – in just the two
short years since the release of the San Francisco collective's breakthrough
smash Surrealistic Pillow. The countercultural movement had darkened, government
involvement in Vietnam escalated, and regard for human rights fallen. Retreating
from the excessive experimentalism that graced its prior two LPs, the Airplane
responded to the social circumstances with defiant, assured, and cohesive songs
shot through with driving psychedelia, crunchy acid-rock, and rustic country.
From start to finish, it's the aural equivalent of a demonstration march.
Having drawn attention for the inclusion of profanities in multiple tunes, the
Top 20 LP also ran up against the nonprofit Volunteers of America after the
sextet wanted to title the record Volunteers of Amerika in order to express
further dissatisfaction with the country. While Grace Slick and Co. gave into
the charity's desires to switch the name, there's nothing compromising about
Volunteers. Kaukonen's leads cut searing swaths through urgent fare like "Eskimo
Blue Day" and anthemic "We Can Be Together," which boldly speaks out against
convention and in favor of chaos and anarchy.
Indeed, in organizing a pseudo summit of many of the counterculture's leading
musical figures to participate on Volunteers, the Airplane treats the album as
an orchestrated stance against the establishment. Stills and Crosby assist in
rocking the boat on a turbulent cover of "Wooden Ships" lined with Slick and
Marty Balin's overlapping lead vocals. Hopkins gooses the call-to-arms title
track with frisky boogie-woogie lines. Garcia lends "The Farm" a suitable rustic
vibe, and on his final appearance with the Airplane, drummer Spencer Dryden
helms the pastoral sing-a-long "A Song for All Seasons."
Ranked #373 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Volunteers
remains a cultural and musical touchstone.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 45rpm Speed Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Pressed at RTI
• Gatefold Jacket
Grace Slick, vocals, piano, organ
Paul Kantner, vocals, rhythm guitar
Marty Balin, vocals, percussion
Jorma Kaukonen, lead guitar, vocals
Jack Casady, bass
Spencer Dryden, drums, percussion
Nicky Hopkins, piano
Stephen Stills, hammond organ
Jerry Garcia, pedal steel guitar
Joey Covington, congas
David Crosby, music sailboat
Ace Of Cups, vocals
Bill Laudner, vocals
1. We Can Be Together
2. Good Shepherd
2. The Farm
3. Hey Frederick
1. Turn My Life Down
2. Wooden Ships
1. Eskimo Blue Day
2. A Song for All Seasons