Jefferson Airplane's days were almost up by 1972, and everyone in the band no doubt knew it. In support of their final studio album Long John Silver, they went on one last tour (their first concerts in over a year). By then the band lineup consisted of Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen, Papa John Creach, Jack Casady and Johnny Barbata. For this last tour they also enlisted their friend David Freiburg (of Quicksilver Messenger Service) to serve as an extra voice, mostly singing Marty Balin's old parts. Recordings of these concerts were put together into a live album, and Thirty Seconds Over Winterland was released in 1973.
By the time it was released, Kaukonen and Casady had left to focus on their other group, Hot Tuna. Kantner, Slick and Freiburg released an album as a trio that same year (Baron Von Tolbooth & The Chrome Nun), and Slick's solo debut came out in 1974. Before long the three of them (along with Papa John Creach, Johnny Barbata and new members) would form a new band which they named Jefferson Starship. The Jefferson saga thus went on, but the original band, one of the most important pyschedelic rock groups of the 60s, was finished.
Long John Silver (1972) <|> Early Flight (1974)
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