March 21, 2012 – 2:36 pm

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San Francisco 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Rrazz Room, San Francisco, CA; January 27, 2012 (third night). Excellent soundboard.

Between January 25 and 29, 2012, Jefferson Starship did a residency at San Francisco’s Rrazz Room, playing six shows over five nights. While Jefferson Starship might have been an iconic band from the ’70s, many fans in the ’80s no doubt had to stomach We Built This City and probably wished the song had been consigned to a black hole.

So far, five of the six shows at the Rrazz Room have been shared on the net and, looking at the tracklist, We Built This City is nowhere to be found. As Jim Harrington of wrote of the January 25 gig:

Starship probably hasn’t been a legitimate arena-headliner since the late-‘80s. Yet, the group – which consists of vocalist-guitarists Paul Kantner and David Freiberg, vocalist Cathy Richardson, lead guitarist Slick Aguilar, drummer Donny Baldwin and keyboardist-bassist Chris Smith – is currently playing like its ready for Madison Square Garden…

Nostalgia ruled throughout the evening, especially whenever Starship flew into a tune from the ‘60s. A few of the songs felt particularly dated – such as “Wooden Ships,” the Crosby, Stills and Nash song that Kantner helped compose – but not necessarily in a bad way. Richardson, part of the Starship crew since 2008, was phenomenal throughout the show. She lived up to our treasured memories of Grace Slick on the classic Airplane cut “White Rabbit,” which pulsed with drama, and on the sophisticated Starship smash “Miracles.” Aguilar was just as good, trading off between convincingly psychedelic riffs and arena-rock-style solos.

Thanks to Mission Control for the recording and to Cicada for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den. Thanks also to davies51 for the original artwork (hope you are OK with the modifications).

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Disc 1
Track 101. Crown of Creation (6.5MB)
Track 102. White Rabbit (5.8MB)
Track 103. Get Together (6.5MB)
Track 104. Count On Me (8.0MB)
Track 105. Lightning Rose (8.1MB)
Track 106. Miracles (10.2MB)
Track 107. Good Shepherd (12.7MB)
Track 108. Fast Buck Freddy (6.9MB)
Track 109. Jane (8.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. If I Could (11.5MB)
Track 202. Cowboy On the Run (11.6MB)
Track 203. Blows Against The Empire Side Two Suite (27.7MB)
Track 204. Somebody To Love (8.5MB)
Track 205. Volunteers (8.4MB)

Paul Kantner - 12-string guitars, vocals
Dave Freiberg - acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals
Cathy Richardson - acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals
Slick Aguilar - electric lead guitar, vocals
Donny Baldwin - drums, vocals
Chris Smith - keyboards, bass

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  1. 23 Responses to “JEFFERSON STARSHIP - SAN FRANCISCO 2012”

  2. Thanks! I saw this lineup several years ago with a bunch of other “60’s” bands on a tour appropriately titled “Summer of Love”. Unfortunately that particular night Paul was … how should I put it, stoned? drunk? let’s just leave it that he was a mess. Almost fell off the stage, not to mention how unhealthy he looked. Such a shame, what a band they were in their prime. Looking forward to listening to this show to see how close it comes to my memories of seeing them on that tour.

    By Tom on Mar 21, 2012

  3. wooden ships is mentioned in the review but is not part of this show.

    By sluggo on Mar 21, 2012

  4. just saw them saturday night on the east coast, a delightful show as always, for us fans of all those unforgettable songs. I, for one, wish ‘Jane’ was also banished, but i guess it was a genuine (minor) hit, so they still play it. Re Cathy, not only does she sing the Grace Slick parts well, also the Marty Balin parts.

    By elsie on Mar 21, 2012

  5. And the purpose of this lineup would be? Oh yeah, money grab.

    Maybe we can put Paul McCartney together with Joe Satriani, John Hiatt and Jason Bonham and call it the Beatles.

    By kingpossum on Mar 21, 2012

  6. hey kingpossum , leave Hiatt out of it ,LOL periodically he takes the Goners on the road and that means Hiatt and Sonny Landreth together..dream team..
    speaking of Big-o got any Hiatt/Goners shows ? hint hint…

    By sluggo on Mar 21, 2012

  7. Got it sluggo, how ’bout Greg Kihn then? Ditto on a Hiatt/Goners show with Landreth to appear here at the Bigo.

    By kingpossum on Mar 21, 2012

  8. kihn is in…

    By sluggo on Mar 22, 2012

  9. Awesome…the Beatles are BACK!

    By kingpossum on Mar 22, 2012

  10. Thanks for the Jefferson Starship. It’s great that Kantner and Co. still rock out on the road. Have always loved “America” “Have You Seen the Saucers” and “Volunteers”

    By Nick on Mar 22, 2012

  11. oddly the miami show they did on 2-18 is available as a sbd. kantner stayed home that nite. the show is known as ‘beatles in miami’ and oh darling was performed for the first time ever.
    personally im nearly totally uninterested in any of this with the exception of possibly the pre starship material. i saw a few of the songs as performed on the pbs broadcast of the 60s thing in the last few months. that pop rock and soul i believe it was called. it was one of the few hilites actually. cathy did impress me. i guess i have to accept that the times they are a changin. sniff.

    By darth on Mar 22, 2012

  12. David Freiberg is also running around with Gary Duncan and calling themselves Quicksilver Messenger Service.

    But that’s OK too. As long as we can still hear the songs live.

    By sking on Mar 22, 2012

  13. Regarding the first post. I saw them in the summer of 1995 at the Stephen Talkhouse, which is a(eastern tip of long island) very small venue. I had front seats, Kantner polished off a nearly have of bottle of vodka, nearly fell into the crowd(by brother held him back). Then he fell down during Other side of this life. Great show up until then. Marty and Jack Casady(he was with them for a short time then). played a due version of Miracles which was aweseom, Paul came back and was a mess. He drinks a bit on stage. There been other times were he doesn’t have drop of liquid.

    By Max on Mar 22, 2012

  14. My confession:
    As much as I liked the Airplane I could never get into Starship. The first few transitional albums had some high points but the edge was gone. Listening to the radio in the early ’80s I’d hear Starship’s Lay It On The Line or Yes’ Owner of a Lonely Heart and think it was the same band. They both sucked. Groups I loved were putting out AOR drivel. Something had gone terribly wrong since I left town and wasn’t there to keep an eye (ear) on things. I’m sorry.

    And what the heck was that electric disco trumpet blast sound thing that got so over used and popular in the 80’s and dated all the music of that era. It was very irritating. Wonk! Wonk!
    Was it a keyboard attachment? Almost percussive. Nowhere near as versatile an invention as a Wah Wah peddle or the patented peterframpton voicebox tube thingy. This is only my opinion and does not reflect those held by the management or it’s affiliates.


    By sking on Mar 22, 2012

  15. sking , you are correct sir…Starship was drivel. witness “We Built this City”..knee deep in the hoopla is my favourite silly rock lyric…

    By sluggo on Mar 22, 2012

  16. Sacrilege for this joik to perform “Good Shepherd”, as if he should.

    By Timmy on Mar 22, 2012

  17. u know whats really interesting. back in 95 they dragged grace (probably kicking and screaming) out of retirement to do a one off show in la at the hard rock that they recorded. they probably did a full set. i think 11 or 12 songs were put onto a cd a couple of years ago and finally released. it took nearly 15 yrs to release it. they called it jefferson starship i believe or just starship. i forget. im not looking it up right now. the funny point i want to make here is that all but 2 of the songs on it were airplane songs. its not a horrible cd. really.
    on another note if u want to find one of the best relatively recent shows extremely worth having look for 3-4-88. its 3 hours long. make sure u get all 3 hours. its an fm brdcst. it was the impetus of the airplane reunion tour in 89. if u dont have this show u need it. lets find some of those 89 shows please. how about central park ny please? radio city?

    By darth on Mar 23, 2012

  18. I’ve got a 2 disc 115 min. version (so i’m missing an hour) of the 3-4-88 Hot Tuna show at the Fillmore of which darth speaks. Kantner was playing in the band and without his knowledge Jorma invited Grace. Papa John & Will Scarlett are on it too.

    There is also a show from the JA reunion tour dated 9-9-89 at The Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Illinois. (Also listed as Chicago)

    These were both available at Arizona Jones before he stopped supporting it. May still be there.
    Maybe BigO can find them. Or maybe they can post some other Hot Tuna. That is a band I’ve never seen here.

    By sking on Mar 23, 2012

  19. The Good Shepherd: How odd (without Jorma) but rip roaringly pleasant. Kind of like a bit of Tom Waits chicanery thrown into the lead vocal. Mighty fine rendition. In fact better than all the live ones I’ve heard the Airplane or Jorma do. Of course the studio original is one of the finest songs in the universe.

    By Jengiz on Mar 24, 2012

  20. if tuna is ever posted here yall need to jump on it so fast your heads spin because it will be yanked very quickly. the tuna camp wont allow it to stay up. theyre not very kewl about that stuff. i am on a yahoogroups list where i offered recently an 18min recording i made of a mountainstage performance they did last november. its a single file mp3 of 3 songs. no one jumped on my offer. i linked the group to it. perhaps they made their own.
    its from athens ohio.
    btw.. poplar creek is in hoffman estates just outside of chicago but since no one has ever heard of hoffman estates who doesnt live there they often call it chicago.
    in mid may there is a festival here about an hour from me in a town called nelsonville. jorma will be there as will roky erickson. i dont care too much about anyone else there i dont think but it doesnt matter since i cant get there anyway and i wouldnt go to anything alone and i dont know anyone.
    if anyone needs or wants the entire set list for that fillmore 3-4-88 show.. i can provide.

    By darth on Mar 24, 2012

  21. Give a listen to the Blows against the empire side two suit. Worth a listen, Paul sounds in fine form but the cigarettes have taken their toll on his voice. Darth’s right about Hot Tuna, They have a zero tolerance policy for their music being posted on the web. Too bad as there is some smokin’ psychedelic guitar to be heard with some long jams by Jorma & Jack from the 70’s. There was also a tour with Greg Douglass who later played with Steve Miller and Greg Kihn and those jams were phenomenal. Greg was a pretty good slide player…

    By TunaFan on Mar 28, 2012

  22. tired

    By Wang Dang on Apr 5, 2012

  23. Darth’s right about Hot Tuna, They have a zero tolerance policy for their music being posted on the web.

    I have a nice Danny Gatton/Tuna show… : )

    By sluggo on Apr 5, 2012

  24. Great show. This is the first time I head any of these shows and am very pleased.

    By Matt on Jul 1, 2013

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