Sunday, July 1, 2012

Song of the Week - When I Was A Boy, I Watched The Wolves - Paul Kantner/Grace Slick

Here's one for all of you that look back fondly on the San Francisco music scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

As Jefferson Airplane was falling apart, Paul Kantner pulled together a bunch of musicians and produced the classic Blows Against The Empire album. He called the assemblage "Jefferson Starship". Although Jefferson Starship would become a real band in the '70s, they were far removed from what was accomplished on this album. Kantner and Grace Slick, produced another album in 1971, with many of the same musicians, called Sunfighter featuring their baby girl, China, on the cover.  This is my favorite track from the record. It features Kantner on vocals and guitar, Slick on vocals and piano (sounding much like Nicky Hopkins), Jerry Garcia on guitar, David Crosby and Graham Nash on vocals, Peter Kaukonen on mandolin and Shelley Silverman on drums.

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