The 1960s were a particularly strange time in popular music. At the beginning of the 60s, for example, pop songs were usually provided to the artist by their management, having been written to order by professionals. Quite often, the bands didn’t play on their records either, relying on the skills of session musicians. By the end of the decade, all this had changed. Artists were supposed to write their own material (which some of them actually did) and play on their own recordings. This, of course, led to some of the most talented musicians in Britain deciding to look toward a career move. The two most famous that come to mind are Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, but what of the others?
The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra is a nickname given by Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner to a loose grouping of artists, with an ever shifting lineup, who recorded together in the early 1970s.
They were predominantly members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their first album together was Blows Against the Empire, when they were known as Jefferson Starship.
The musicians included:
David Crosby – guitar, vocals | Graham Nash – guitar, vocals | Paul Kantner – guitar, banjo, vocals | Grace Slick – piano, vocals | Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar | Jack Casady – bass | Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals | Phil Lesh – bass | Bill Kreutzmann – drums | Mickey Hart – percussion | David Freiberg – viola, vocals
Listening to this album evokes a much gentler and more positive time, and it is easy to be carried away by the magic of the good vibes produced by these legendary musicians. Groovy!
1. Is I Really Monday
2. You Sit There / Incomplete
3. I Thought I’d Try Something…
4. You Sit There
5. Garcia’s Tune (Loser) 1
6. Garcia’s Tune (Loser) 2
7. Garcia’s Tune (Loser) 3
8. Wayfaring Stranger
9. Mountain 1/ACC’s Wound Heads
10. Mountain 2/ACC/s Little Shower
11. Mountain 3/ACC’s Organised
12. Mountain 4/Complete Set of Changes: Long
13. Leather Winged Bat
1. Jam 10 “Jorma & Jerry’s Jam 1”
2. Wall Song – Electric 12/13/70
3. Wall Song – Acoustic solo demo
4. Rounds (EEP Hour)
5. Dope Rap w/Piano
6. Piano cont.’d
7. Jam Slide II good Parts 11/04/70
8. Jam R&B Riff – “Jorma & Jerry’s Jam – 2”