1. We Can Be Together
2. Good Shepherd
3. The Farm
4. Hey Frederick
5. Turn My Life Down
6. Wooden Ships
7. Eskimo Blue Day
8. A Song for All Seasons
Few bands of the hippie era embodied the idealism and hedonism of the late 1960s as much as Jefferson Airplane. Two years after their groundbreaking psychedelic rock album Surrealistic Pillow, the San Francisco musicians released something of a countercultural manifesto in 1969 with Volunteers. Deeply rooted in the belief that music could change the world, the songs on Volunteers addressed the Vietnam War, politics, greed and environmental destruction, and called for revolution.
The lyrics were controversial, and Jefferson Airplane's record company, RCA, wanted to censor the album. However, RCA was not concerned about the political content, but rather feared a boycott because of some obscene passages. The band eventually prevailed in court and the album was released. Musically, Volunteers, one of the first albums to be recorded on a 16-track machine, moves between psychedelic acid and rustic country rock. The group around singer Grace Slick and the well-known guest musicians Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Nicky Hopkins and Jerry García are in top form.
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"Jetzt bläst das von Krieg Wunderlich und Rob LoVerde gemasterte doppelte Flottchen die vielen Billigpressungen der 1970er schlicht weg. Auch die betagte Gold-CD von 1990 hält der Wucht der zwei 45er nicht stand."
- Lothar Brandt, Audio, Ausgabe 10/2016