Jefferson Airplane - Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1969)

Jefferson Airplane were one of the best-known bands of San Francisco’s legendary 60s psychedelic rock scene. They were pioneers of the genre and the first band from the area to achieve mainstream commercial success.

The Airplane's fifth album was a live one, recorded in 1968 and released in 1969. As was to be expected, it highlighted the heavy rock end of their sound, and showed how the roles of the six members were balanced perfectly in concert, with focus on both the fantastic vocal interplay of Grace Slick and Marty Balin and the loose, improvisational style of the instruments. They were part of the San Francisco jam band scene after all, and though their jamming never went as far as that of The Grateful Dead, Bless Its Pointed Little Head showcased their jamming talents in a way their studio albums had never quite done.
Alongside four songs from their earlier albums, it introduced some notable covers - the blues standard "Rock Me Baby" (which foreshadowed the direction Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady would go in with their Hot Tuna side project), Fred Neil's "The Other Side Of This Life" and Donovan's "Fat Angel" (which the Scottish singer-songwriter had actually name-checked the band in).

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