Rocket Launcher Live – Marty Balin w/ Gordon G.G. Gebert


Rocket Launcher Live - Marty Balin w/ Gordon G.G. Gebert
    If I Had a Rocket Launcher (Bruce Cockburn song) performed live (10/21/06) at the Tarrytown Music Hall. Marty Balin featuring Slick Aguilar, Charlie DeChant, Gordon G.G. Gebert, Dave Trupia, Michael Sciotto.
    This song was an impromptu jam - the performers never played this song together (no rehearsal).
    
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    During the transitional period of the early 1970s, singer-guitarist Paul Kantner recorded Blows Against The Empire, a concept album featuring an ad hoc group of musicians and credited on the LP as "Paul Kantner - Jefferson Starship", marking the first use of the latter name.
    This 'prototype' version of Jefferson Starship included David Crosby and Graham Nash and Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart, as well as some of the remaining members of Jefferson Airplane, lead singer Grace Slick, drummer Joey Covington and bassist Jack Casady.
    In Blows Against the Empire, Kantner (and Slick) sang about a group of people escaping Earth in a hijacked starship. In 1971, the album was nominated for the prestigious science fiction prize, the Hugo Award, a rare honor for a musical recording. Rolling Stone calls it "a sci-fi song suite that now suffers from concept-album creakiness but at its time boasted an experimental edge." [2] It was while that album was being made that Kantner sealed his love affair with Grace Slick; their daughter China Kantner (who made a name for herself as an MTV veejay in the 1980s) was born shortly thereafter.
    Kantner and Slick (with a similar group of musicians, but without a 'Jefferson Starship' artist credit) released two follow-up albums: Sunfighter, an environmentalism-tinged album released in 1971 to celebrate China's birth, and 1973's Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun, titled after the nicknames David Crosby had given to the couple. The artist credit on Baron von Tollbooth gave ex-bassist-keyboard player-vocalist David Freiberg equal billing with Kantner and Slick. Freiberg had known and played with Kantner on the folk circuit in the early 1960s and also appeared on Blows Against the Empire, and he had joined Jefferson Airplane in time to appear on their live LP Thirty Seconds over Winterland. Also in 1973, Slick released Manhole, her first solo album. It was on the "Manhole" album that Paul and Grace first worked with Pete Sears, who was downstairs co-producing a Kathy McDonald album in the same studio. Sears wrote and recorded the song, "Better Lying Down" with Grace. It was during this 1973 session at Wally Heider studios in San Francisco, that Paul first asked Pete to play with a new band he was forming called, "Jefferson Starship". Sears had worked on three of Rod Stewart's early British recordings, and had to go back to England to play on "Smiler", Rod's last album made in London. Sears then returned to the States to join Jefferson Starship in 1974.
    Kantner is also credited with discovering teenage guitarist Craig Chaquico during this time, who first appeared on Sunfighter and would play with Kantner, Slick and their bands and then with Starship through 1991. He later embarked on a successful solo career as a smooth jazz artist.

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