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Best of Grace Slick
Grace Slick
Best of Grace Slick
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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There's an episode in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where the author's acid-twisted companion demands that a plugged-in tape deck be dropped in his bath at the same moment Grace Slick's voice peaks in...  more »


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All Artists: Grace Slick
Title: Best of Grace Slick
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Release Date: 2/23/1999
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 078636777320

There's an episode in Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas where the author's acid-twisted companion demands that a plugged-in tape deck be dropped in his bath at the same moment Grace Slick's voice peaks in "White Rabbit." That, for him, was the way to go--electrocuted as Slick wailed, "Feed your head!" That zenith in Jefferson Airplane's 1966 hit may have also represented Slick's apex. This 18-song overview of the rock goddess's 20-year recording career starts out in high gear and loses momentum with each passing track. The aforementioned "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" represent the icy-voiced thrush in all her San Francisco Sound glory. "Lather," "Mexico," and "Eskimo Blue Day" (an eco rant with the great Slick line "The human dream doesn't mean shit to a tree") come from a period when the Airplane was arguably the most significant American rock band in the land. And the honed-for-radio "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" betray a woefully compromised artist with little left to say. --Steven Stolder

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Dante LeVally | 11/16/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)

"For the mostpart, this is not a collection of Grace Slick's solo works, it's yet another reissue of stuff that's already out there. Very little of it is from "Manhole", "Dreams", "Welcome to the Wrecking Ball," and "Software." I'm very disappointed! Would somebody please issue these four albums on CD?"
Great Collection But Want Her Solo Work Too!
Dante LeVally | New Albany OHIO | 12/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is great having this collection on one CD! Love the flow of the songs. Grace's voice has been a part of my life for years. But I agree with the other reviews posted......I want her solo work on CD! I have followed the "jefferson" group since the 1960's. Still listen to the recordings today. I can rock with Jefferson Starship or get spacey with the Airplane. I like the new Jefferson Starship recordings and now want Grace Slick's solo work. Hope RCA is listening! I want MANHOLE, DREAMS, WRECKING BALL and SOFTWARE. Also the PLANET EARTH ROCK N ROLL ORCHESTRA from Paul Kantner needs released on CD. But, all in all, am glad for this Slick collection. "Eat Starch Mom" is a glaring oversight! "
First Off, What's We Built This City doing here?
Daniel Rainey | Ottawa, Canada | 05/24/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"First off, what's "We Built This City" doing here? This is supposed to be the best of Grace Slick, right? Apart from the fact she sings a couple of verse's of it, it doesn't really belong. First off, she didn't even write it, secondly she has said many times she regrets that period of her career (mid 80s) and has pretty much said she's embarrased by it. So what's it doing taking up so much valuable space on a one cd best of?This cd has a few Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship album tracks that don't get nearly enough recognition like "Eskimo Blue Day" and "Hyperdrive" but where's "Two Heads", "Hey Frederick", "Eat Starch Mom" which would impress any fan of MC5 or the Stooges, "There Is Love," "Hot Water", "Play On Love", and the fun Joan Jett style rocker "Rock Myself to Sleep" and the sexy "Babylon" (one of the only Starship songs written by an actual member, you guessed it, Grace Slick), the only two worthwhile songs from the miserable Starship period?
They're all missing to make room for "Somebody to Love", "White Rabbit", "We Built This City" and "Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now" which were already avaliable on thousands of best of and greatest hit cds. Next lets adress another issue others have already brought up. Not nearly enough solo Grace. Grace Slick solo albums get a very bad reputation, often even dismissed by their creator, but they aren't as bad as all that. The best tracks from her four solo works all beg to be collected together in one place in a Rhino style best of. Songs like "The Manhole" in all its epic 15 minute glory, the senuous, playful "Come Again Toucan", the confessional "Do It the Hard Way", the hard rocking "Angel of the Night", as well as "Full Moon Man" and the title track for "Dreams". Although a lot less masterful than her first two albums, even "Welcome to the Wrecking Ball" and "Software" have their moments. "All the Machines" is one of the weaker songs from the hard to find "Software", we should have gotten the great "Bikini Atoll" instead, "Welcome to the Wrecking Ball"'s title cut is a bit weak. The blistering "Mistreater", "Sea of Love" or "Just A Little Love" would have been better choices IMO.Also not enough rarites. The only unreleased song here is the frankly weak "Do You Remember Me". Grace Slick mentions an unreleased song in her autobiography called "Harbour In Hong Kong" and it was a missed opportunity to not include here. Makes me wonder what other undiscovered Grace songs might be in the vaults.Finally, 1987's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" is the most recent thing on here. Ouch. What about "Freedom" the hilight of 1989's Jefferson Airplane reunion album or her great duet with Linda Perry, "Knock Me Out". I know these weren't recorded for RCA but surley it couldn't cost that much to lisence them.This compilation is a real missed opportunity and a total boched job. Oh and one final gripe, ugh, what a bad photo of Grace Slick on the back cover. A better choice would have been an out-take from the hillarious Wrecking Ball photo shoot or that classic photo of her flipping the bird."