Bless Its Pointed Little Head

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Bless Its Pointed Little Head
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Live album by Jefferson Airplane
Released February, 1969
Recorded October 1968 at Fillmore West, November 1968 at Fillmore East
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock
Length

52:48

65:21 (2003 reissue)
Label RCA Victor
Producer Al Schmitt
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Crown of Creation
(1968)
Bless Its Pointed Little Head
(1969)
Volunteers
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Music Box 4/5 stars [2]

Bless Its Pointed Little Head is a live album by Jefferson Airplane recorded at both the Fillmore East and West in the fall of 1968 and released in 1969 as RCA Victor LSP-4133.

Five songs on the album had not appeared on any of the band's previous studio recordings. Many of the Airplane's recordings on the live album were much longer in length than their studio performances. The performance emphasized their vocal harmonies and revealed a harder rocking group. Guitar and bass lines were more in-depth in their construction revealing complex instrumentals. It truly distinguished a different focus in their live concerts compared to their studio albums.[3] [4]

The 2004 CD reissue includes three bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Clergy" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East) Jefferson Airplane 1:37
2. "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) Marty Balin 4:39
3. "Somebody to Love" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) Darby Slick 4:15
4. "Fat Angel" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East) Donovan Leitch 7:36
5. "Rock Me Baby" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) traditional, arranged by Jefferson Airplane 7:45
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Other Side of This Life" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) Fred Neil 6:48
2. "It's No Secret" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) Balin 3:31
3. "Plastic Fantastic Lover" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West) Balin 3:53
4. "Turn Out the Lights" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East) Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden 1:24
5. "Bear Melt" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East) Kantner, Casady, Kaukonen, G. Slick, Dryden 11:22
CD remaster bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Today" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West) Balin, Kantner 3:50
12. "Watch Her Ride" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West) Kantner 3:19
13. "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West) Kantner 5:30

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Al Schmitt – producer
  • Rich Schmitt – engineer
  • Pat Ieraci – beret
  • Jim Smircich – cover photography
  • Bill Thompson – poster
  • Gary Blackman – art direction

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard Pop Albums 17

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1969 "Plastic Fantastic Lover" Billboard Pop Singles 133

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  2. ^ Metzger, John (October 2004). "Jefferson Airplane: Bless Its Pointed Little Head". The Music Box 11 (#10). 
  3. ^ "Bless Its Pointed Little Head - Review". headheritage.co.uk. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Guide Required Listening". Google.com. Retrieved March 1, 2015.