PAUL KANTNER Blows Against The Empire (1970) + DAVID CROSBY If I Could Only Remember My Name…

Paul Kantner Blows Against The Empire (1970)
David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name…
Birds Of A Feather

Both were recorded at roughly the same time in 1970 at Wally Heider Recording Studios in San Francisco, and both shared many of the same, loose amalgamation of players, including Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Jorma Kaukonen and assorted others. The solo debut from the Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner is a science fiction fantasy about abandoning a dead planet, while Crosby’s debut is an inner journey of self. Both exemplified a new ideal in music making, when ‘bands’ and individual credits were less important than raw invention and the creative community. At a time when multi-tracking was quickly becoming the norm, these are albums about human interplay. I’ll spare you the hyperbole about Crosby, one of my favorite writers, captured here during his finest hour. If I Could Only Remember My Name… is still considered a minor classic, while Blows Against The Empire is an ambitiously admirable continuation of Jefferson Airplane’s previous blow against the republic, Volunteers. Each has its detractors, but few albums represent the promise of the future of 60s folk & rock better than these similarly different examples. Blows has bonus tracks, including a live, 13 minute “Starship,” as does this IICORMN reissue. If you want the 2006, DVD/5.1 Surround mix, you’ll need a hard copy (HERE). Amazon’s acting like it’s already out of print, but has Blows HERE for $5. We’ve still got those fantastic IICORMN outtakes (brimming with Jerry Garcia, HERE), and LOTS more Crosby, HERE.

Mau Mau (Amerikon)
The Baby Tree (1:44)
Let’s Go Together (4:22)
A Child Is Coming (6:18)
Sunrise (1:54)
Hijack (8:18)
Home (0:37)
Have You Seen The Stars Tonight (3:43)
X-M (1:25)
Starship (7:05)
Let’s Go Together (Alternate Lyrics) (4:21)
Sunrise (Grace’s Acoustic Demo Tk. 8) (1:21)
Hijack (Paul’s Acoustic Demo Tk. 5) (7:01)
SFX (Jerry Garcia & Mickey Hart) (2:02)
Starship (Live) (13:04)

Music Is Love (3:22)
Cowboy Movie (8:12)
Tamalpais High (At About 3) (3:33)
Laughing (5:27)
What Are Their Names (4:15)
Traction In The Rain (3:47)
Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves) (6:00)
Orleans (2:02)
I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here (1:27)
Kids And Dogs (Bonus Track) (7:01)



  • Capt. Willard
    November 2, 2010 - 21:24 | Permalink

    Get them HERE.

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2014 - 11:42 | Permalink

    Got two copies of the vinyl versions with the incredible silver paper inside.
    Yet these remasters sound 50 times better.
    A perfect classic record that few people listen to.

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