Jefferson Airplane at Bath.
June 29 1970
Somebody to Love,
The Other Side of This Life,
Won't You Try/Saturday Afternoon,
3/5th Of A Mile In 10 Seconds
Rock Me Baby,
The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil.
Set length 54 minutes
Airplane photos taken from the Kralingen Festival June 27th
1970 , same weekend the Airplane appeared at Bath .
| Unfortunately it pissed down for most
of this set and the stage was pretty wet due to the wind blowing rain onto
the equipment. The Airplane came on directly after Country Joe , way after
midnight and were getting into their stride nicely when Kantner got
a shock from the mic and they left the stage. A personal tragedy for me
as this was the only time I ever saw the band .I clearly remember
"Rock me Baby" as it was a favourite track
from 'Bless its Pointed Little Head"
It was nice to see Grace,even though she was bundled up against the cold and within minutes the three voices of Slick , Balin and Kantner were soaring , Jorma was cutting shreads with his great leads and Jack as usual was pinning it all down with humongous bass lines. But unfortunately it was over all too soon.
I have an audience
tape of this show which is C to D quality, mostly C .The sound comes in
and out due to the wind,but this tape is very listenable, ( especially
since it has been recently updated considerably from the original almost
un-listenable version by a 1st gen update that to my knowledge has not
been traded before) and the performance is great , particularly 'Won'tyou
Try/Saturday Afternoon ", "Other Side of this
Life" and " Pooneil" where the vocalists
really take off. Storming performances that shine through despite the flaws
on the tape, mostly caused by wind and rain.
" You may be cold, but your fires smell good "During the break between Rock Me Baby and Pooneil Grace gets the audience clapping along to a weird little impro which seagues into a Jorma led feedback storm which metabolises into the intro to Pooneil,theres a formidable Casady solo in the middle of this number ,Jorma laying down a killer solo, which is pretty much full tilt and then Grace and the other vocalists bring the set to a close with the wailing vocal finale.
At the end of this brilliant Pooneil , Grace says to the audience
" I'm amazed you're still here!".( a reference to the appalling weather )Then she says a whole lot of unintelligible stuff , where the wind and stage noise blocks her out.
-then- massive feedback intervenes and what she says is garbled.
finally I can make out clearly ....
" what's going on ? .
They told us not to play because our rhythm guitar player gets shocks when it rains"
Thanks for staying around at all !"A great Airplane set ,in my opinion far exceeding the more popular Zeppelin set in soul and intensity. Such a shame that it was cut short due to the weather.
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