Jefferson Airplane ‎– Takes Off (Mono)


Rare US Mono Pressing

The debut Jefferson Airplane album was dominated by singer Marty Balin, who wrote or co-wrote all the original material and sang most of the lead vocals in his heartbreaking tenor with Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson providing harmonies and backup. (Anderson’s lead vocal on “Chauffeur Blues” indicated she was at least the equal of her successor, Grace Slick, as a belter.) The music consisted mostly of folk-rock love songs, the most memorable of which were “It’s No Secret” and “Come up the Years.” (There was also a striking version of Dino Valente’s “Get Together” recorded years before the Youngbloods’ hit version.) Jorma Kaukonen already displayed a talent for mixing country, folk, and blues riffs in a rock context, and Jack Casady already had a distinctive bass sound. But the Airplane of Balin-Kantner-Kaukonen-Anderson-Casady-Spence is to be distinguished from the Balin-Kantner-Kaukonen-Casady-Slick-Dryden version of the band that would emerge on record five months later chiefly by Balin’s dominance. Later, Grace Slick would become the group’s vocal and visual focal point. On Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, the Airplane was still Balin’s group.

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RCA Victor ‎– LPM-3584 Mono Vinyl LP 1966 Original US Pressing

Side 1.

1. Blues From An Airplane
Written-By – Alex Spence, Marty Balin

2. Let Me In
Written-By – Marty Balin, Paul Kantner

3. Bringing Me Down
Written-By – Marty Balin, Paul Kantner

4. It’s No Secret
Written-By – Marty Balin

5. Tobacco Road
Written-By [Uncredited] – John D. Loudermilk

Side 2.

1. Come Up The Years
Written-By – Marty Balin, Paul Kantner

2. Run Around
Written-By – Marty Balin, Paul Kantner

3. Let’s Get Together
Written-By – Chet Powers

4. Don’t Slip Away
Written-By – Alex Spence, Marty Balin

5. Chauffeur Blues
Written-By – Lester Melrose

6. And I Like It
Written-By – Jorma Kaukonen, Marty Balin

Bass – Jack Casady
Drums – Alex (Skip) Spence
Engineer – Dave Hassinger
Lead Guitar [Solo Guitar] – Jorma Kaukonen
Leader, Vocals – Marty Balin
Liner Notes – Ralph J. Gleason
Producer – Matthew Katz, Tommy Oliver
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Paul Kantner
Vocals – Signe Toly Anderson

Additional information

Weight 05 kg
Cover Condition

(NM) Near Mint

LP Condition

Mint (M)


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