Bless Its Pointed Little Head

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 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 distinguished a different focus in their live concerts compared to their studio albums.[3][4]

Bless Its Pointed Little Head
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Live album by
ReleasedFebruary, 1969
RecordedOctober 1968 at Fillmore West, November 1968 at Fillmore East
GenrePsychedelic rock, acid rock, hard rock
Length52:48 65:21 (2004 reissue)
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerAl Schmitt
Jefferson Airplane chronology
Crown of Creation
(1968)
Bless Its Pointed Little Head
(1969)
Volunteers
(1969)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
The Music Box4/5 stars [2]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Clergy" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East)Jefferson Airplane1:37
2."3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)Marty Balin4:39
3."Somebody to Love" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)Darby Slick4:15
4."Fat Angel" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East)Donovan Leitch7:36
5."Rock Me Baby" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)traditional, arranged by Jefferson Airplane7:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Other Side of This Life" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)Fred Neil6:48
2."It's No Secret" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)Balin3:31
3."Plastic Fantastic Lover" (recorded October 24–26 at Fillmore West)Balin3:53
4."Turn Out the Lights" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East)Paul Kantner, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick, Spencer Dryden1:24
5."Bear Melt" (recorded November 28–30 at Fillmore East)Kantner, Casady, Kaukonen, G. Slick, Dryden11:22
CD remaster bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Today" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West)Balin, Kantner3:50
12."Watch Her Ride" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West)Kantner3:19
13."Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon" (recorded November 5 at Fillmore West)Kantner5:30

On the back cover of the LP (RCA LSP-4133), "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds" is identified as "3/5's Of a Mile in 10 Seconds".

Personnel

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

Charts

Album

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard Pop Albums 17

Single

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

General references

  • Bless Its Pointed Little Head (Vinyl back cover). Jefferson Airplane. New York City: RCA. 1969. LSP-4133.

References

  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.
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