The Worst of Jefferson Airplane
The Worst of Jefferson Airplane is the first compilation album from the rock band Jefferson Airplane, released in November 1970 as RCA Victor LSP-4459. The album features all of Jefferson Airplane's hit singles up to that point. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 in 1971 and has since gone platinum.
|The Worst of Jefferson Airplane|
|Greatest hits album by|
52:54 (2006 bonus tracks)
|Compiler||Jefferson Airplane, Bill Thompson, Pat Ieraci|
|Jefferson Airplane chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
In 1970, the band underwent a period of inactivity because of internal personnel conflict and pursuit of individual projects. Drummer Spencer Dryden was ousted from the group, Marty Balin found his commitment to the band he had started becoming tenuous, Grace Slick was pregnant with her daughter for a good part of the year, Paul Kantner released his solo album Blows Against the Empire, and Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady busied themselves with their side project, Hot Tuna. With no group project in sight, RCA Records assembled this album centered upon the group's hit singles, with input from the band. "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil," "Crown of Creation," and "Volunteers" all made the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100. "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" were the band's only Top 40 hits, reaching #5 and #8 respectively. To ensure a full picture of the group's musical interests, and possibly to ensure solidarity in the publishing income, the band included instrumentals by Dryden and Kaukonen, a country blues/gospel cover arranged by Kaukonen, and Balin's straightforward ballad "Today."
This would be the final album featuring what is considered the "classic" line-up of the band, after Slick and Dryden joined, and before Balin and Dryden left. Original copies of the LP contained an inner sleeve that was a reproduction of a 1918 vintage Victor Talking Machine Company sleeve and the record featured late 1920s vintage Victor labels. The interior of the gatefold cover featured a large color reproduction of the painting "His Master's Voice", the famous RCA Victor trademark. Later reissues of the album were housed in a regular, non-gatefold cover and did not include the reproduction of painting and the 1918 inner sleeve, but the LP still bore the vintage Victor record labels.
On July 29, 1997, RCA reissued a remastered version of Worst on compact disc. On June 6, 2006, RCA reissued the album again, this time with two bonus tracks which had both been released as singles, "Watch Her Ride" and "Greasy Heart".
|1.||"It's No Secret" (from Jefferson Airplane Takes Off)||Marty Balin||2:37|
|2.||"Blues from an Airplane" (from Jefferson Airplane Takes Off)||Balin, Skip Spence||2:10|
|3.||"Somebody to Love" (from Surrealistic Pillow)||Darby Slick||2:54|
|4.||"Today" (from Surrealistic Pillow)||Balin, Paul Kantner||2:57|
|5.||"White Rabbit" (from Surrealistic Pillow)||Grace Slick||2:27|
|6.||"Embryonic Journey" (from Surrealistic Pillow)||Jorma Kaukonen||1:51|
|7.||"Martha" (from After Bathing at Baxter's)||Kantner||3:21|
|8.||"The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil" (from After Bathing at Baxter's)||Kantner||4:30|
|1.||"Crown of Creation" (from Crown of Creation)||Kantner||2:53|
|2.||"Chushingura" (from Crown of Creation)||Spencer Dryden||1:17|
|3.||"Lather" (from Crown of Creation)||G. Slick||2:55|
|4.||"Plastic Fantastic Lover" (live; from Bless Its Pointed Little Head)||Balin||3:39|
|5.||"Good Shepherd" (from Volunteers)||traditional, arranged by Kaukonen||4:22|
|6.||"We Can Be Together" (from Volunteers)||Kantner||5:50|
|7.||"Volunteers" (from Volunteers)||Balin, Kantner||2:03|
|2006 CD bonus tracks|
|1.||"Watch Her Ride" (from After Bathing at Baxter's)||Kantner||3:16|
|2.||"Greasy Heart" (from Crown of Creation)||G. Slick||3:27|
- Marty Balin – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder on all tracks except "It's No Secret" and "Blues from an Airplane"
- Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals
- Jack Casady – bass
- Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion on all tracks except "It's No Secret" and "Blues from an Airplane"
- Signe Anderson – vocals on "It's No Secret" and "Blues from an Airplane"
- Skip Spence – drums on "It's No Secret" and "Blues from an Airplane"
- Gary Blackman – nose solo on "Lather"
- Gene Twombly – sound effects on "Lather"
- Nicky Hopkins – piano on "We Can Be Together" and "Volunteers"
Production and recording detailsEdit
- Jefferson Airplane Takes Off released September 1966, recorded on 3-tracks
- Surrealistic Pillow released February 1967, recorded on 4-tracks
- After Bathing at Baxters released November 1967, recorded on 8-tracks
- Crown of Creation released September 1968, recorded on 8-tracks
- Bless Its Pointed Little Head released February 1969, recorded live on 8-tracks
- Volunteers released November 1969, recorded on 16-tracks
- Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson – album design
- Jefferson Airplane, Bill Thompson, Maurice – album compilation
- Ashley Brown, ed. (1990). "Airplanes and Starships". The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated History of Popular Music. 8 (Reference ed.). Marshall Cavendish. pp. 909–913. ISBN 1-85435-023-4.
- The Worst of Jefferson Airplane sleeve notes
- Joseph McCombs. "The Worst of Jefferson Airplane > Overview". Allmusic Guide. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- "Jefferson Airplane > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA. (Type "Jefferson Airplane" under Artist.)