Label: 中聲 - CSJ-916 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Taiwan • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock
The album was controversial because of revolutionary and anti-war lyrics along with the use of profanity. The original album title was Volunteers of A Song For All Seasons - Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers. It was shortened after objections from Volunteers of America. This was the group's first album recorded entirely in San Francisco, at Wally Heider 's then state-of-the-art track studio. It was one Hopeless, Etc.
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The title track was inspired by a "Volunteers of America" garbage truck that woke singer Marty Balin one morning. The album's original title was Volunteers of AmerikaA Song For All Seasons - Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers Volunteers of Americaa religious charity similar to the Salvation Army.
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After VOA objected, the title was shortened to Volunteers. The album provoked even more controversy with lyrics such as " Up against the wall, motherfucker " which appeared on the opening song " We Can Be Together ".
The offending word was mixed lower on the 45 RPM release of that track to partially 'obscure' it, but it was still audible. The word "motherfucker" was censored on the album lyric sheet as "fred", however. Musically, the album is characterized by Jorma Kaukonen 's lead guitar parts the dueling solos on "Hey Fredrick", plus the traditional gospel-blues song " Good Shepherd " and " Wooden Ships " and the distinctive piano-playing of Nicky Hopkins.
It also featured the band experimenting with a country-rock sound, particularly in "The Farm" and "Song For All Seasons". Despite its controversies, the album was a commercial success. It peaked at 13 becoming the band's fourth Top Twenty record on the Billboard album chart and received a RIAA gold certification within two months of its release.
This was to be the last album with the group for both Jefferson Airplane's founder Marty Balin and drummer Spencer Dryden although they did both appear on the " Mexico " single released in and its B-side "Have You Seen the Saucers? It was to be the group's last all-new LP for two years; Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen would Block 4 - Various - Der deutsche Party-Mix (Die Wa(h)ren Schlager) devote more of their energy to their embryonic blues group Hot Tunawhile Paul Kantner and Grace Slick released Blows Against the Empire and Sunfighter with various guest musicians and celebrated the birth of their daughter China in Even though the album was released in latethe cover photo dates back to ; it features the band wearing disguises and was taken during the filming of a promotional film made for their single "Martha".
A specially remixed Quadraphonic 4 channel version of the album was also released in The Quad mixes are noticeably different from the usual stereo mixes; "Hey Fredrick" has a completely different lead vocal along with different guitar lines and a different coda, "Volunteers" is a totally different recording, Kaukonen's guitar lines are different on "We Can Be Together", "Wooden Ships" lacks the 'sailboat sounds' opener, and the backing vocals by the Ace of Cups on "The Farm" are more prominent.
A few tracks from the Quad version were included on the 3-CD box set Jefferson Airplane Loves Youhowever on the box set, the four-channel recordings have been reduced to two channels due to the technical limitations of Compact Disc. The CD rerelease features five additional bonus tracks from the group's annual Thanksgiving concert at the Fillmore EastNew York in In the album was ranked number on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the greatest albums of all timeand Whistle And Ill Come To You My Lad - The Memphis Morticians* - Dial M For Mortician in a revised list.
The album was released again in along with the entirety of the group's live performance at the Woodstock Festival in as Jefferson Airplane Woodstock Experience. Per liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Volunteer disambiguation. Jefferson Airplane. Retrieved Recording dates for each track are given in liner notes of CD release--see 14th image. Retrieved 9 August Retrieved 8 August Rolling Stone.
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