Jefferson Airplane - Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
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  • If you're associating Jefferson Airplane with psychedelic rock, which isn't a problem, then this album really isn't going to fit with your image of them
  • As far as songwriting goes, the album is pretty simple and doesn't have anything all that spectacular - unfortunately, the same goes for the music on here
  • Not an amazing track but better than what I originally gave it credit for
  • Again, like the other two songs, pretty simple and straightforward song which isn’t all that interesting musically but the flow is definitely there and Balin’s melody works well with the music behind him, another solid song
  • The song itself isn’t too bad, it is slightly boring to listen to but Balin once again is able to really carry it with his voice, but it’s really not a great choice to end a record with


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      Overview - Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, the debut album by Jefferson Airplane, is an album that really isn’t all that similar to their later work, although this does happen quite a bit with debut albums. If you’re associating Jefferson Airplane with psychedelic rock, which isn’t a problem, then this album really isn’t going to fit with your image of them. This album really isn’t psychedelic at all and leans more just towards blues rock and classic rock. Nevertheless, the album isn’t all that bad - although certainly not as good as their follow up and the vocals are very good throughout. As far as songwriting goes, the album is pretty simple and doesn’t have anything all that spectacular - unfortunately, the same goes for the music on here. However, the positive of this album is that the vocal performance, from Singe Anderson, Martin Balin, and Paul Kantner, are all great and vocally this album is very steady and strong throughout. This album does have a few songs that aren’t that great but also some songs that are worth listening to, not a bad record overall.

      The Tracks -

      1. Blues From An Airplane - Blues From An Airplane opens up Jefferson Airplane’s debut effort with a song that’s a bit more on the dark side. After my first few listens to this record I didn’t really like this track all that much, for whatever reason, but after re-listening to the album I’m enjoying the song quite a bit more. The song isn’t really spectacular musically, nor really is any song off this album, but the music flows well and fits Balin’s vocals over it, he has a nice performance I might add. Not an amazing track but better than what I originally gave it credit for.

      2. Let Me In - Let Me In feels sort of similar to the opening track but I’d say it’s slightly more light-hearted and slightly more upbeat. I’d say that this track is slightly better musically


      just because of the fact that the music is actually sort of spread apart from the vocals, without straying too far to basically disconnect vocals and music, whereas the opening track sort of just had a mesh of sound where the actual music wasn’t really in the spotlight at all. Paul Kantner takes lead vocals on this track and he also gives a good performance, again not a bad track but not spectacular.

      3. Bringing Me Down - Bringing Me Down is basically another track which is carried by Balin’s vocals, but thankfully he’s doing a pretty good job with his singing on this album so far so it isn’t really a problem. Again, like the other two songs, pretty simple and straightforward song which isn’t all that interesting musically but the flow is definitely there and Balin’s melody works well with the music behind him, another solid song.

      4. It’s No Secret - It’s No Secret is definitely the song that was written to be the single, but nevertheless, it isn’t all that bad. Jack Casady has a nice bassline during this song which is really the main instrument that Balin’s singing over, there really isn’t too much going on musically while he’s singing to be honest so he has to carry the song even more so than how he did the previous three. The lyrics to this song are pretty generic and really not that great but Balin’s actual vocal performance is pretty nice. The track is just a bit too generic for me to listen to, and despite his vocal work, I don’t like it that much.

      5. Tobacco Road - Tobacco Road is a cover so I won’t be commenting on structure, songwriting, arrangement, lyrics, or any of that - simply performance. Tobacco Road actually features a few lead guitar parts, although brief, which is a nice thing to hear and Casady once again is able to really carry the song’s rhythm with his bass. Martin Balin is once ...


      • again great on vocals for this track and I’d say this song is the best so far to have a good balance between vocals and instruments. Although it’s a cover, it’s a good song and actually one of my favorites from this album.

        6. Come Up The Years - Come Up The Years is sort of similar to It’s No Secret in the fact that it’s a song that I think could be used as a single, but is really just average and pretty generic work. Once again, Come Up The Years is great vocally but isn’t all that great musically and the lyrics and melody of this song simply aren’t interesting enough to carry it throughout its length. Decent work, but I’m not really a fan of this one.

        7. Run Around - Well to start off, the vocal balance between Marty Balin and Paul Kantner on this track is just great. Most of the previous songs do feature parts where two singers are singing the same part simultaneously but this is the first track I was extremely impressed by it. Casady’s bass not only carries a great rhythm to it on this track but it also has a very heavy tone to it as well. Kaukonen has a solo on this track, one of the few on this album, which although isn’t very long or could’ve been expanded on more, it’s nice to hear from him. Very good song, another one of my favorites from here.

        8. Let’s Get Together - Yet another cover, so same goes for the last one. It’s sort of hard to review this song because I think that the performance is okay, everyone sounds good, but I’m just really not a fan of the feel of the track. However, since Jefferson Airplane didn’t write this song then I can’t really blame them for this, their performance was okay but I just didn’t really care for the flow of the song or really anything about it.

        Really nothing special here.

        9. Don’t Slip Away - The chemistry between Jack Casady and Marty Balin on this album has been excellent, I’m just noticing a lot of these songs really have Balin singing over Casady’s bassline, and this song is the same way. There are some guitar riffs going on, however Casady’s bass is actually pretty prominent in the mix so I’m taking a note of him on here. Balin’s melody works nicely and his delivery and tone is great once again. Nothing amazing musically, unfortunately once again, but the song flows nicely, solid song.

        10. Chauffeur Blues - One last cover. Now Singe Anderson has sang backing vocals on quite a few of the previous tracks but this is the first song where she gets to sing lead and really be put in the spotlight. Now personally I prefer Grace Slick, it just seems like she has a lot more power behind her voice, but Anderson isn’t as bad as I originally thought and I actually owe her a bit more credit, she’s got a nice range and great tone as well. One constant thing about this album is that it’s just been great vocally whether it be by Anderson, Kantner, or especially Balin. Despite Anderson’s nice vocal performance I’m just really not a huge fan of the way this track flows either for some reason, it isn’t bad but it’s just not in my taste.

        11. And I Like It - I’m a bit surprised that Jefferson Airplane decided to place this track as the ending song on the record. And I Like It is definitely the slowest and mellowest song on the entire record and to be honest, it’s sort of a boring way to end an album. The song itself isn’t too bad, it is slightly boring to listen to but Balin once again is able to really carry it with his voice, but it’s really not a great choice to end a record with. Decent song, nothing great.




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