Through the Looking Glass (Jefferson Airplane album)

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Through the Looking Glass
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Compilation album by
Released1999
Genre Folk rock, rock
Length63:36
Label Get Back, Metrodome
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Live at the Fillmore East
(1998)
Through the Looking Glass
(1999)
The Roar of Jefferson Airplane
(2001)
Cover Art #2
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Through the Looking Glass is an Italian release of a live performances by the San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane.

Jefferson Airplane American rock band

Jefferson Airplane was a rock band based in San Francisco, California that became one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)—and the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968) in England. Their 1967 break-out album Surrealistic Pillow ranks on the short list of the most significant recordings of the Summer of Love. Two songs from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are among Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The collection was originally issued as a two LP (long-playing vinyl) set on the Get Back label. The CD was released in 2002 on the Metrodome (DTK) label.

Three of the tracks are credited to the "Steel Riders", a trio consisting of Jefferson Airplane band members Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen and Skip Spence.

Marty Balin American singer

Marty Balin was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

Jorma Kaukonen American guitarist

Jorma Ludwik Kaukonen, Jr. is an American blues, folk, and rock guitarist. Kaukonen performed with Jefferson Airplane and still performs regularly on tour with Hot Tuna, which started as a side project with bassist Jack Casady, and as of early 2019 has continued for 50 years. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #54 on its list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

Skip Spence Canadian musician

Alexander Lee "Skip" Spence was a Canadian-born American musician and singer-songwriter. He was co-founder of Moby Grape, and played guitar with them until 1969. He released one solo album, 1969's Oar, and then largely withdrew from the music industry. He had started his career as a guitarist in an early line-up of Quicksilver Messenger Service, and was the drummer on Jefferson Airplane's debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. He has been described on the AllMusic website as "one of psychedelia's brightest lights"; however, his career was plagued by drug addictions coupled with mental health problems, and he has been described by a biographer as a man who "neither died young nor had a chance to find his way out."

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Track listing

  1. "3/5 of a Mile in Ten Seconds" - 4:48
  2. "Don't Slip Away" - 2:38
  3. "High Flyin' Bird" - 4:06
  4. "It's No Secret" - 3:28
  5. "My Best Friend" - 3:08
  6. "Other Side of This Life" - 6:56
  7. "Plastic Fantastic Lover" - 3:51
  8. "She Has Funny Cars" - 3:27
  9. "Somebody to Love" - 3:54
  10. "This Is My Life" - 5:05
  11. "Today" - 3:06
  12. "Watch Her Ride" - 3:08
  13. "What You're Asking" - 5:28 (The Steel Riders)
  14. "White Rabbit" - 2:18
  15. "Would You Love Me" - 4:13 (The Steel Riders)
  16. "You're So Loose" - 4:02 (The Steel Riders)

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