The band that truly embodied the San Francisco psychedelic acid rock sound, Jefferson Airplane, is presented in its natural habitat on the disc, Sweeping Up the Spotlight: Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969.
The Airplane made their home on both coasts during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, largely due to Bill Graham's bookings at his Fillmore venues, and the warm hospitality towards the band shines through the group's tightened musicianship. Paul Kantner leads the ensemble through a vocal reading of “Won't You Try/ Saturday Afternoon” that stretches the cut and paste fractures of the original recorded version.
Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen pushes Airplane into uncharted territory on the meditative, “Good Shepherd,” and lead vocalists Grace Slick and Marty Balin imbue “White Rabbit” and “Plastic Fantastic Lover” with aggressive stage presence and escalating crescendos.
Bassist Jack Casady, however, defines the Jefferson Airplane sound, taking risks at every turn as he plays his instrument in a leading and forward manner on “Uncle Sam Blues” and “You Wear Your Dresses Too Short.”
Jefferson Airplane Live at the Fillmore East 1969 offers a glimpse into the sharpened, amplified attack of the San Francisco unit and inspiration for today’s jam band movement