Great review 5th Beatle. And you don't have to apologize, it's great that you took time to explore this record and write what you think about it.
You wrote some interesting notes. Now I'm willing to hear some things you noticed that I may have missed.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the album. Every single song is good, the album really stood the test of time and I'm now willing to explore other Jefferson Airplane albums.
If you're looking for more Jefferson Airplane records, these are their other classic 1960's albums:Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966).
Their debut, and probably my second favourite album of the band. It's essentially a folk rock record, similar to the Byrds but with a darker sound. Grace Slick was not a member of the band yet, but the girl she replaced, Signe Anderson, was a very good singer as well. Key songs are "Blues From An Airplane", "It's Not Secret", "Come Up The Years" and their cover of "Let's Get Together".After Bathing At Baxter's (1967).
In my opinion, an underrated album, but I can understand that because it's easily the most experimental record of the band. Released after the great Surrealistic Pillow
, we must give credit to the band for not repeating the successful formula. Most songs are wild acid rockers, with blistering guitar solos, powerful bass and weird drumming. High points are "The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil", "Martha", "Wild Time", "The Last Wall Of The Castle", "Rejoyce" and "Won't You Try / Saturday Afternoon".Crown Of Creation (1968).
This record follows the line of the previous one, but it's more carefully produced and easier to dig. It also was the second most successful album of the band. The best songs are "Lather" (a classic Grace's song) and "Crown Of Creation", but the great musical talent of the band can also be heard in tracks like "Star Track", "If You Feel" and "Greasy Heart".Volunteers (1969).
This seems to be a come back to the original sound, but only in part because some songs are still a little acidified. Maybe the weakest studio album the band released during the 1960's, but it still has some classic songs that every fan must have: "We Can Be Together", "Good Shepherd", "Wooden Ships" and "Volunteers".
Those are the other essential albums of the band. If you really like them, you can also check out Early Flight
which is a good brief compilation of rarities recorded during the best years of the band. If you like live stuff, Bless Its Pointed Little Head
(1969) may be the best record you can get. And I recommend you to avoid their early 1970's albums, they really suck, Balin had left the band and the group was not very stable at that point, until they finally broke up (and I'm not just saying it because I'm a 60's nut!).