Jefferson Airplane Takes Off

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Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
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Studio album by Jefferson Airplane
Released August 15, 1966[1]
Recorded December 18, 1965 – March 31, 1966 at RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, CA, USA
Genre Folk rock[2]
Length 29:19
Label RCA Victor
Producer Matthew Katz and Tommy Oliver[3]
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
Surrealistic Pillow
Singles from Jefferson Airplane Takes Off
  1. "It's No Secret" b/w "Runnin' Round This World"
    Released: February 1966
  2. "Come Up the Years" / "Blues from an Airplane"
    Released: May 1966
  3. "Bringing Me Down" / "Let Me In"
    Released: August 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [4]

Jefferson Airplane Takes Off is the debut album of San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane, released in August 1966 as RCA Victor LSP-3584 (stereo) & LPM-3584 (mono). The personnel differs from the later "classic" lineup and the music is more folk-rock than the harder psychedelic sound for which the band later became famous. Signe Toly Anderson was the female vocalist and Skip Spence played drums. Both left the group shortly after the album's release and were replaced by Grace Slick and Spencer Dryden, respectively.

Track listing[edit]

  • All lead vocals by Balin except where noted
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blues from an Airplane"   Marty Balin, Skip Spence 2:10
2. "Let Me In" (lead vocals: Kantner) Balin, Paul Kantner 2:55
3. "Bringing Me Down"   Balin, Kantner 2:22
4. "It's No Secret"   Balin 2:37
5. "Tobacco Road"   Clay Warnick[n 1] 3:26
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Come Up the Years"   Balin, Kantner 2:30
2. "Run Around" (lead vocals: Kantner) Balin, Kantner 2:35
3. "Let's Get Together" (lead vocals: Kantner, Anderson, Balin) Chester Powers 3:32
4. "Don't Slip Away"   Balin, Spence 2:31
5. "Chauffeur Blues" (lead vocals: Anderson) Lester Melrose 2:25
6. "And I Like It"   Balin, Jorma Kaukonen 3:16
2003 CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Runnin' Round This World" (from Early Flight) Balin, Kantner 2:25
13. "High Flying Bird" (from Early Flight) Billy Edd Wheeler 2:17
14. "It's Alright" (from Early Flight) Balin, Spence 2:17
15. "Go to Her" (from Jefferson Airplane Loves You) Kantner, Irving Estes 4:09
16. "Let Me In" (from Jefferson Airplane Loves You) Balin, Kantner 3:31
17. "Run Around" (uncensored version) Balin, Kantner 2:35
18. "Chauffeur Blues" (alternate version) Melrose 2:49
19. "And I Like It" (alternate version) Balin, Kaukonen 8:16
20. "Blues from an Airplane" (instrumental; hidden track) Balin, Spence 2:10


  1. ^ "Tobacco Road" is credited to Clay Warnick on the LP, although it was written by John D. Loudermilk



  • Tommy Oliver – producer
  • Matthew Katz – manager, producer
  • Dave Hassinger – engineer
  • Recorded in RCA Victor's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California



Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Albums 128


  1. ^ Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-03403-0. 
  2. ^ Nathan Brackett; Christian David Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  3. ^ "Jefferson Airplane: Recording Studio (Takes Off)". 2010. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off [Original] at AllMusic. Retrieved September 1, 2011.