| July 20, 1972|
20 July 1972
| March – May 1972 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco|
Thirty Seconds Over Winterland
Jefferson Airplane albums, Psychedelic rock albums
Long John Silver is the seventh studio album by Jefferson Airplane, and their last album of all new material until 1989. It was recorded and released in 1972 as Grunt FTR-1007.
After several solo projects for Grunt Records, the members of Jefferson Airplane finally came together again in March 1972 for the first time since the Bark album was released. Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Joey Covington, and Papa John Creach all returned. Sessions at Wally Heider Studios continued for three months, but tensions were high and several songs were recorded by each member recording their own part separately. Joey Covington left the band during the sessions; reflecting the balkanized milieu, veteran session drummer John Barbata (formerly of The Turtles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and Hot Tuna's Sammy Piazza deputized for the rest of the recording process. Barbata ultimately replaced Covington, playing on all but three songs.
The album was completed in May and scheduled for release in July, but not before RCA forced the band to scrub a line from the song "The Son of Jesus" electronically, which referred to a "bastard son of Jesus". Live versions of the song were performed with the offending line intact.
Released on the band's Grunt Records imprint, the album was Jefferson Airplane's least successful effort since their 1966 debut, only peaking at #20 on the Billboard album chart.
Nevertheless, the band geared up for a two-month tour of the United States, their first major tour since 1970. It started in July and featured a new line-up including Kantner, Slick, Kaukonen, Casady, Creach, Barbata and former Quicksilver Messenger Service bassist David Freiberg as an additional vocalist/tambourinist. A close friend of Kantner from the early 1960s American folk music revival scene, Freiberg took over Marty Balin's harmony parts and selected leads on ensemble efforts (most notably "Wooden Ships") and "tried to keep the band together." The tour ended in September at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom, with Balin joining for an encore. Live performances from the Chicago Auditorium Theatre and Winterland were released on the live album Thirty Seconds Over Winterland in 1973.
The original vinyl LP release (1972) featured an album cover that folded up into a replica of a cigar box. The record sleeve bore an image of cigars; this image was later used as cover art on CD releases. The inside bottom of the box was covered with a photograph of marijuana.Grace Slick – vocals, piano
Jack Casady – bass
Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, vocals
Papa John Creach – electric violin
John (Goatee) Barbata – drums, tambourine, "against the grain stubble scraping"
Joey Covington – drums on "Twilight Double Leader" and "The Son of Jesus"
Sammy Piazza – drums on "Trial by Fire"
Jefferson Airplane – producer, arrangements
Pat "Maurice the Magnificent" Ieraci – production coordinator
Don Gooch – engineer
Steve Barncard – special thanks
Pacific Eye & Ear – album concept, album design
Bob Tanenbaum, Propella Rotini – illustrations
Bruce Kinch – photography
Borris – weed. AKA Mike Trudnich
Recorded at the Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
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