Jefferson Airplane: Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen (vocals, guitar); Grace Slick (vocals, keyboards); Marty Balin (vocals); Jack Casady (bass).
Additional personnel: Peter Kaukonen, Michael Landau (guitar); David Paich, Nicky Hopkins, Charles Judge (keyboards); Mike Porcaro (bass); Kenny Aronoff (drums, percussion); Efrain Toro (percussion); Steve Porcaro (programming); Flo & Eddie (background vocals).
Producers: Ron Nevinson, Greg Edward, Jefferson Airplane.
Recorded at the Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.
1989's Jefferson Airplane reunion tour was actually one of the more interesting musical events of an otherwise undistinguished year. In fact, the longtime fans who showed up for the concerts were treated to not only some pretty good music, the various band members having lost none of their chops, but also to one of the most entertaining onstage psychodramas in rock history, which should have surprised nobody given the torrential amounts of water under the group's collective bridges. The reunion album is not quite as entertaining, with the Airplane mostly opting for a slick late-'80s sound rather than the psychedelic flights of yore (the mix seriously underplays bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonnen, the instrumental heart and soul of the band). Fortunately, both Grace Slick and Marty Balin are in excellent voice, and on the better songs (Marty's "Summer of Love," Grace's "Common Market Madrigal") the magic still happens, if only intermittently.