Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Across the Sea of Suns
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Best of the Jefferson Starship live albums
Walter B. Conger | California central coast | 11/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If we can't get a new JS studio album--with all new material--I suppose the next best thing is this very good new double live CD. This is the best live JS album so far (and a zillion times better than last year's dreadfully produced and edited live CD, "Greatest Hits - Live At the Fillmore"). The sound here is crisp and the music is great. Best of all, even though none of Jefferson Starship's more recent tunes are here (none from 1998's wonderful "Windows of Heaven" CD), there are a LOT of songs presented here that I don't believe have ever been released before in live versions, including old Jefferson Airplane numbers like "She Has Funny Cars," "Today," "DCBA-25," "Mexico" and "Hey Frederick." And there's some more obscure stuff: "There Will Be Love" from RED OCTOPUS and "When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves" from SUNFIGHTER. There is more than two hours of good music here, and that makes it a must-have for JS fans. After 35 years, the Jefferson Family still sounds terrific and is still flyin' high!"
Zebras Are Reactionary
Michael D. Kittell | Ardmore, PA United States | 11/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
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A Fun Album
kireviewer | Sunnyvale, Ca United States | 09/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a collection of live tracks recorded at clubs and small arenas in 2001. There are 2 discs, totally 128 minutes. The sound quality fairly good on most of the tracks. There is some feedback, and sometimes there is a high pitched noise. Sometimes you can make out talking in the background. The CD comes with a nice little booklet, where Grace Slick gives her inputs about a number of the songs on the album.
The band consists of Paul Kantner and Marty Balin, with Diane Mangano on vocals, Slick Aguilar on guitar, Priarre Prince on Drums and Chris Smith on keyboards. This has been the same line up for the past several years.
This is a fun album, but not great. The performance is uneven. Some tracks are on fire, while others are just sloppy. Miracles is especially a mess.
What makes this fun is the choice of songs and what the group does with them. There is no White Rabbit or Somebody to Love, played for the umpteenth time. Mostly it is the more obscure tracks that have not received that much attention. And many of them are played with a new energy and in different ways.
Some people have complained that Slick Aguilar is not Jorma Kaukonen and that Slick does not play like Jorma played the originals. Well, if Jorma was playing now, he wouldn't be sounding the same either. He would be moving on and trying new things. What do people want...an old record? Aguilar's guitar brings a new life to the songs, and make this an interesting album.
Diane Mangono sounds very much like Grace Slick at times. However, she just does it when it is appropriate, instead of trying to sound like Grace through the whole thing.
This is not a perfect CD. As mentioned earlier, sound quality and the performance on some of the songs is bad. The song selection and order is not good. The second CD really tapers off at the end, with a couple of tracks that feel like they were tacked on at the last minute. But, this still has over about an hour and a half of some very good and fun music.