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Posted by kevin r schmidt on 12/31/01 - 00:36:07
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From the period of 1974 to 1984 there were no official live albums released by the Jefferson Starship.  There were two bootleg albums released, the first being; Fasten Your Seatbelt, the second: Live at the L.A. Forum.

The Jefferson Starship were recorded several times for King Biscuit Flower Hour.  In the 70's the show was distribued on reel to reel and in the 80's the show was distributed on vinyl.  During the summer of 1981 Mello Yello sponsored several outdoor concerts events around the country and acts that performed were recorded for Mello Yello Presents.  

King Biscuit aired Jefferson Starship concerts in 1981 and 1982 at Saratoga, NY; 1983 in Seattle, WA; 1984 Costa Mesa, CA.

Lorimar Pictures through DIR, who recorded and produced King Biscuit, produced a radion show Pioneers In Rock.  They used two songs from the 1984 Costa Mesa show for their special on San Francisco groups in 1986.  They also used Plastic Fantastic Lover from Bless its Pointed Little Head.

Super Groups in Concert broadcast the Jefferson Starship in Vancouver, BC in 1983.  This is the same show that was released on video and now available on DVD.  In 1986 and 1987, the  Starship's 1986 Austin, TX performace was broadcast.  

KBC was recorded in NYC in March of 1987 for King Biscuit and broadcasted later that spring.

The Airplane Chronicles used previously recorded King Biscuit shows from the Jefferson Starship, Marty Balin, and KBC.  As I noted earlier, Hot Tuna was recorded in 1974 by King Biscuit and the show never aired.  So Keep on Truckin was Tuna's first appearance on King Biscuit.  This show was first broadcast in 1989 and a second time in 1992 (as I learned today from Cricket).  

On the subject of live albums I think it is worth mentioning a CD released in 1991 by 1001 Sundays.  They released a series of CD's from various people who had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  All the performances are from the actual live performance on Sullivan and are not the studio recordings of any of the material by any of the artist.  One of the CD's in the series was a volume called, Born to be Wild Rock Classics.  The tracks on the CD are as follows:

Vanilla Fudge:
You Keep Me Hangin On (Jan 14, 1968)
Shotgun (Feb 2, 1969)

Janis Joplin:
Raise Your hand (Mar 16, 1969)
Maybe (Mar 16, 1969)

Richie Havens:
High Flyin Bird (May 4, 1969)

Santana:
Persusion (Oct 29, 1969)

Jefferson Airplane:
Crown of Creation (Sept 29, 1969)

The Band:
Up on Cripple Creek (Nov 2, 1969)

Steppenwolf:
Born to be Wild (Medley of 3 songs, Aug 17, 1969)
Magic Carpet Ride
Its Never too Late

Joe Cocker & the Grease Band
Feelin Alright (Arp 17, 1969)

The Ed Sullivan CD series has been out of print for several years and I have no idea how much a used copy would go if you could find one.  But given the fact that Janis Joplin , Santana, and the JA are all on this one, expect to pay a lot for this one if you can find it.  


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