Saturday, 23 June 2012

JEFFERSON STARSHIP: What a brilliant looking package, I am really looking forward to this one

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The Paul Kantner Science Fiction Rock & Roll Motion Picture Show!

London, UK - “Roswell UFO Parade & Festival Hosts Jefferson Starship Sci-Fi Extravaganza” read the headlines for the annual July 3rd event that took place in Roswell, New Mexico in 2009. Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner and his legendary band Jefferson Starship and special guests, which included original Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten, performed a one-of-a-kind sci-fi concert at Pearson Auditorium in Roswell in honor of the town's famed annual parade. The group was also bestowed the honor of being the parade's 'Grand Martians' that year and rode atop a special float especially built for them. The entire concert was filmed and recorded, and in addition to such iconic hits as “White Rabbit”, “Somebody To Love”, “Volunteers”, “Wooden Ships” recorded by its forebear Jefferson Airplane (the last two penned by Kantner), a special programme of science fiction themed compositions and select recordings were performed, some for the first time ever! Now, much to the excitement of Jefferson Starship fans across the globe UK's Gonzo MultiMedia is releasing the the entire concert in an extravagant 4-CD box set.

In 1971 the band's first album (Paul Kantner's first solo album actually), 'Blows Against The Empire' was also the first rock music recording ever nominated for literary science fiction's prestigious Hugo Award. In addition to Kantner, 'Blows' featured a 'Who's Who' of Bay Area musicians including David Freiberg from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Freiberg and Kantner, later launched the ongoing Jefferson Starship, eventually writing the hit “Jane.” David rejoined the band full time in 2005.

In 1991 the late great rock impresario Bill Graham signed on to produce 'Blows' from a 'scripted stage play concept' co-written bu Paul Kantner and his (then) new manager Michael Gaiman, a lifelong fan. Sadly, Bill was killed in a helicopter crash and the idea was shelved until Sony Pictures pitched an 'option' for a 'Blows' motion picture in 1996. “That was a big year for sci-fi,” recalls Gaiman. Stemming from a shared interest in 1950s science fiction film and literature, Paul and Michael have worked together for nearly 25 years. In 2008 they co-produced (along with David Freiberg), 'Jefferson's Tree of Liberty,' Jefferson Starship's first studio recording in a decade. The album garnered stellar reviews worldwide. In 2009 Jefferson Starship headlined 'The Heroes of Woodstock', the authorized touring commemorative of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival.

“On July 3rd, 2009, thanks to the Roswell UFO Festival Committee and Cool 94.9 Radio, we got to scratch that itch and assuage a long time desire to stage a mosh of rock music and science fiction,” says Gaiman.

Along with Paul Kantner and David Frieberg, Jefferson Starship also features lead singer Cathy Richardson (who played Janis Joplin on Broadway in 'Love, Janis') and longtime band members Slick Aguilar, Chris Smith and Donny Baldwin. In addition to Grateful Dead's Tom Constanten, special guests include Pete Sears (the band's former bass & keyboard player on all their hits), Barry Sless (guitar & pedal steel with Phil Lesh & Friends), former lead vocalist Darby Gould and legendary folk artist Jack Taylor, one of Paul Kantner's early musical influences.

Renegade Productions, the band's frequent collaborator ('Jefferson's Tree of Liberty' was the first album ever recorded in their new studio at the time) staged the production and provided custom sound, lighting and image projection. Karl Anderson of Global Recording Artists filmed the event dubbed 'Tales From The Mothership,' a joint production of The Roswell UFO Festival Committee and Jefferson Starship. “It's not a documentary, not a 'rockumentary', not a 'mockumentary''s a 'Spockumentary,” Gaiman quips.

Along with the entire concert from July 3, 2009, the 4-CD set also includes rehearsals from 6/27/2009 and the band's soundcheck before the show.

Tracks: Disc One , Rehearsals 2009.06.27 , 01) Space Oddity (Written by David Bowie) , 02) All Fly Away (Written by Tom Pacheco) , 03) Your Mind Has Left Your Body (Written by Paul Kantner) , 04) Brain Damage > Eclipse (Written by Roger Waters) , 05) Your Mind Has Left Your Body (Reprise) (Written by Paul Kantner) , 06) Hyperdrive (Written by Grace Slick) , 07) Genesis Hall (Written by Richard Thompson) , 08) Genesis Hall (Written by Richard Thompson) , 09) White Rabbit (Written by Grace Slick) , 10) Somebody To Love (Written by Darby Slick) , 11) (Paul Kantner's) Science Fiction Movie (Written by Kantner, arr. Gaiman) , Rehearsals 2009.06.28 , 13) Galaxy of E 'Jam' (Written by Jefferson Starship) , , Disc Two , 2009.07.03 Set One , 01) Urban Space (Written by Neil Innes) , 02) The Eggplant That Ate Chicago (Written by Norman Greenbaum) , 03) Mountains of The Moon (Written by Garcia, Hunter) , 04) This Land Is Your Land (Written by Woody Guthrie) , 05) Me & My Uncle (Written by John Phillips) , 06) Billy The Kid (Written by Woody Guthrie) , 07) Crown of Creation (Written by Paul Kantner) , 08) Wasn't That A Time (Written by L. Hays, W. Lowenfels) , 09) Get Together (Written by Dino Valenti) , 10) Chimes Of Freedom (Written by Bob Dylan) , 11) Cowboy On The Run (Written by Dino Valenti) , 12) I Can't Forgive You (Written by Cathy Richardson) , 13) Genesis Hall (Written by Richard Thompson) , 14) Earth Mother (Written by Jack Traylor) , 15) Flowers Of The Night (Written by Jack Traylor) , 16) Lawman (Written by Grace Slick) , 17) Wooden Ships (Written by Crosby, Kantner, Stills) , , Disc Three , 2009.07.03 Set Two , 01) Sunrise (Written by Grace Slick) , 02) Have You Seen The Saucers? (Written by Paul Kantner) , 03) Have You Seen The Stars Tonight? (Written by Kantner, Crosby) , 04) Starship (Written by Paul Kantner) , 05) Follow The Drinking Gourd (Traditional) , 06) Dark Star (Written by Garcia, Hunter) , 07) Space Oddity (Written by David Bowie) , 08) Hyperdrive (Written by Grace Slick) , 09) (Paul Kantner's) Science Fiction Movie (Written by Kantner, arr. Gaiman) , 10) Your Mind Has Left Your Body (Written by Paul Kantner) , 11) Brain Damage > Eclipse (Written by Roger Waters) , 12) Your Mind Has Left Your Body (Reprise) (Written by Paul Kantner) , 13) Somebody To Love (Written by Darby Slick) , 14) White Rabbit (Written by Grace Slick) , 15) Volunteers (Written by Kantner, Balin) , , Disc Four , Soundcheck , 01) Space Oddity (Written by David Bowie) , 02) Space Oddity (Written by David Bowie) , 03) This Land Is Your Land (Written by Woody Guthrie) , 04) (Paul Kantner's) Science Fiction Movie (Written by Kantner, Gaiman) , 05) Me & My Uncle (Written by John Phillips) , 06) Cathy's soundcheck medley; , Woodstock (Written by Joni Mitchell) , Oh Darlin' (Written by Lennon, McCartney) , For What It's Worth (Written by Stephen Stills).

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