Jefferson Airplane

Gold Collection [Retro]

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Yet another in the seemingly endless stream of unauthorized European Jefferson Airplane releases, this album is one of the more egregious. It's a boxed two-CD set with a running time of 63 minutes, which means it could have fit on only one CD. Even at that, it has been padded. "Today," "It's No Secret," "Other Side of This Life," "High Flyin' Bird," "Somebody to Love," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "She Has Funny Cars," and "And I Like It" (mistakenly shown as "This Is My Life") are mediocre live recordings, either from the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 or shows of a similar vintage. "White Rabbit," "It's No Secret," and "My Best Friend" are simply the original studio recordings, which should push this album over from dubious legality to outright illegality, if there are any lawyers at BMG who wish to pursue the matter. More important to potential buyers, "You're So Loose," "What You're Askin'," "Would You Love Me," and "Ride" are not performed by Jefferson Airplane at all. As noted in the booklet that can only be read after buying the album, they are by a rock & roll act called Steel Riders. Thus, this album is a ripoff in several different ways.

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