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Jefferson Airplane — Good Shepherd
Album: Volunteers
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the blood stained bandit
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep

One for Paul, one for Silas
One for to make my heart rejoice
Can't you hear my lambs a callin
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the long tongue liar
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep

One for Paul, one for Silas
One for to make my heart rejoice
Can't you hear my lambs a callin
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the gun shot devil
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep

One for Paul, one for Silas
One for to make my heart rejoice
Can't you hear my lambs a callin
Oh good shepherd feed my sheep
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 KaraokeVox wrote:

The crazy times in which they lived made that band.  We still live in crazy times but if you put the same kinds of people together today there would be no scene for them.  Rock music has become too corporatized and controlled with too much emphasis on ego.  You could never get lady gaga, miley cyrus or dave matthews band to share a stage or collaborate or even like each other for long.  They are competing for the same few dollars in peoples pockets.  Rock bands in the past never thought once about competing with anyone monetarily...maybe artistically...but everyone just loved the other for their creativeness and talents and freedom of expression.  Now, we take all that for granted.
 
I think you're dead wrong here.  While I don't follow Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga it took just 2 seconds to find this article showing Lady Gaga's collaborations as of 2016:

https://www.billboard.com/arti...

Here is a similar list for Miley:

https://www.billboard.com/arti...

As for Dave Matthews you are clearly waaaaaay off base.  He has collaborated with many, many artists over the year.  Here's the Wiki list of straight up collaborations:

"Eleanor" and "See Jane" (1994), off the Shannon Worrell album Three Wishes
"Communication" and "Trouble and Strife" (1998), off the Béla Fleck and the Flecktones album Left of Cool
"Love Of My Life" (1999), off the Santana album Supernatural (Santana album)
"My Antonia" (2000) off the Emmylou Harris studio album Red Dirt Girl, where Dave duets with Emmylou on her composition
"For You"(2002) off the We Were Soldiers soundtrack with Johnny Cash
"Iwoya" (2002) off the Angélique Kidjo album Black Ivory Soul
"Joyful Girl" (2002) off the Soulive album Next
"Sing Along" (2003) off the Blue Man Group album The Complex with music video
"Tremendous Brunettes" (2005) off the Mike Doughty album Haughty Melodic
"Love Is The Only Way" (2006) off the Robert Randolph and the Family Band album Colorblind
"Work It Out" produced by DJ Nu-Mark (2006) off the Jurassic 5 album Feedback
"Fat Man in the Bathtub" (2008) off the Little Feat album "Join the Band"
"I'm Alive" (2008) off the Kenny Chesney album Lucky Old Sun
"Mamma Boulet" (2008) off the Dave Grant album "Bubbalon by Bass"
"Caveman", "Sleep" & "Overdue" (2009) off the Danny Barnes album "Pizza Box"
"Tomorrow Never Knows" (2010), off the Herbie Hancock album "The Imagine Project
"You Should Know Me", "Oh, Bangladesh" & "And He Slayed Her" (2010) off the Liz Phair album Funstyle
"All the Same"(2011) off the Vieux Farka Touré album – The Secret
"A Pirate Looks at Forty" (2012) with Jack Johnson and Tim Reynolds, off the live album Jack Johnson and Friends – Best of Kokua Festival
"Walk of Shame" (2012) with Jimmy Fallon, off the comedy rock album Blow Your Pants Off
"Take Me to Tomorrow" (2013) off the John Denver tribute album – The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver
"Forsaken Savior" (2013) off the Gov't Mule album Shout!

This does not take into account artists that Dave has produced.  One of particular significance to me personally is Chris Whitley (heard here on RP).  Dave produced Chris' album Rocket House and said this about the artist before his untimely demise in 2005:  
"Chris is an example of one of those things that appalls me about the record industry - ATO co-founder Dave Matthews told Billboard in 2001. "That is, how could a talent like his go relatively unnoticed? So few singers have their own personality, and Chris is his own man to the bone. Honestly, I feel more passion for his music than I do for my own. My music I'm critical of. But I have a fervent, religious devotion to the magic that Chris makes."

This comment from Dave runs counter to your uneducated assertion about the man.

As it says above, Dave co-founded ATO records.  Here is a list of bands they have produced:

ATO's roster includes Alabama Shakes, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Brandi Carlile, Joseph, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard[1], Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, Lee Ann Womack, SOJA, Okkervil River, Blind Pilot, Old 97's, Drive-By Truckers, Primus, Margaret Glaspy, The Claypool Lennon Delirium[2], J Roddy Walston and the Business, Amyl and the Sniffers[3], Joseph[4] and My Morning Jacket.

Some pretty incredible bands, many of which we enjoy hearing right here on RP.  Thanks Bill!

Your strawman wears no clothes.

 KaraokeVox wrote:

The crazy times in which they lived made that band.  We still live in crazy times but if you put the same kinds of people together today there would be no scene for them.  Rock music has become too corporatized and controlled with too much emphasis on ego.  You could never get lady gaga, miley cyrus or dave matthews band to share a stage or collaborate or even like each other for long.  They are competing for the same few dollars in peoples pockets.  Rock bands in the past never thought once about competing with anyone monetarily...maybe artistically...but everyone just loved the other for their creativeness and talents and freedom of expression.  Now, we take all that for granted.


It’s musical gold. We used to listen to and see them live way back when along with the Grateful Dead LSD Adventure Laughs Oh the days
 Lyndont wrote:
Thanks Bill for playing this and JA in general. My all time favourite band and my all time favourite guitarist Jorma Kaukanen!

love the comments listeners post here.  
 Jorma played a club date here in Tel Aviv last year. Looks like The Dude/ a retired Hell's Angel.I was blown away by his erudition, bet he could do a doctorate on the history of blues  off the top of his head, without needing any more research

 KaraokeVox wrote:

The crazy times in which they lived made that band.  We still live in crazy times but if you put the same kinds of people together today there would be no scene for them.  Rock music has become too corporatized and controlled with too much emphasis on ego.  You could never get lady gaga, miley cyrus or dave matthews band to share a stage or collaborate or even like each other for long.  They are competing for the same few dollars in peoples pockets.  Rock bands in the past never thought once about competing with anyone monetarily...maybe artistically...but everyone just loved the other for their creativeness and talents and freedom of expression.  Now, we take all that for granted.
 
I agree, those were very different times 50 years ago and that "corporatization" has changed the way music is made and shared.  However there are many, many more contemporary musical artists than the three you mentioned and many of them still do collaborate.
Finally a Jefferson song that did not get overplayed in the radio
so VERY nice to hear from some of the 60's "Royalty".  Doesn't get any better than the Airplane!  Timeless...................and takes me back.......................
Thanks Bill! The great Jim Marshall captured a group shot of the so called hometown hero bands of the time. Ah the bittersweet memories of youth. So many still with us, so many gone. Can you recall who's who in this linked photo? 
 
Oh okay, I'll leave individual names out but left to right you have Quicksilver, the Dead, Big Brother, the Airplane and the Charlatans. Now it's up to you to recognize who's who. Yeah! That's him! And that's her! and yeah, keep going, you got it man!
 
There's another group photo of them all collected on the steps of 710 Ashbury, an address that needs no explanation and there you'd see the rest of the Dead family in the bunch.
things are getting better
jorma
Can't get this great tune out there enough! Thanks RP 
Jorma is my favourite guitarist. Just brilliant. Saw them with the Doors in London in 68. Wow that was a long time ago!
great song ...  but as a child of the sixties and the tv commercial generation (couldn't avoid it) i swear i hear a Benson and Hedges jingle in this...
Lyrics are very repetitive but that guitar solo redeems this song.
Bumped to a 9.
JORMA KAUKONEN !!!!!!{#Bananajam}
Thank You!!! Love this. Gave it a 9.
 pinto wrote:

Sounds as if the drugs never wore off.
 
no kidding. but in a good way, sort of.
 stevenstarr wrote:
Went to see the Airplane at the Winterland in San Francisco in 69 I think, and this truely happened that evening. It was a Sunday night, it was planed as a two night event and went so well they added another show, announced  Sunday morning. The crowd that night was one fourth what is was the night before. the show opened with The Sons of Chaplan , next was the Greatful Dead and they had a little suprise for us. We all drank the Kool Aid. Oh ya, that Kool Aid, The Electric kind of  Kool Aid the book was written about. They played for hours, they could of played all night but The Jefferson Airplane also needed to play, so play they they did. The show ended somewhere near sunrise. Maybe, fuck , I don't know know ,I was stoned stupid. So that was fun and all and the five of us some how found our ride,a VW bug We headed out of city over the Bay Bridge and as we approached the crest of the span our little bug started losing power and the lights dimmed to nothing as we crested and as we coasted down the other side a Highway Patrol car pulled up behind us and put his bumper to ours and with bull horn, shouting, and scaring the shit out of us , directed us to a service station,remember those, and all thinking we were about to be busted, the patrolman, backed up, and just drove away. Probably the greatest show I'll never forget. I loved the Airplane and Good Shepherd is one of their best. Thanks R.P       Rest in Peace Paul       Would it kill you to play some Starship once in a while?. sheech

 
Sounds as if the drugs never wore off.
....Ten Years After, The Nice, The Soft Machine and Yes.
  A few selections from the first Soft Machine album would be some great additions.  

Went to see the Airplane at the Winterland in San Francisco in 69 I think, and this truely happened that evening. It was a Sunday night, it was planed as a two night event and went so well they added another show, announced  Sunday morning. The crowd that night was one fourth what is was the night before. the show opened with The Sons of Chaplan , next was the Greatful Dead and they had a little suprise for us. We all drank the Kool Aid. Oh ya, that Kool Aid, The Electric kind of  Kool Aid the book was written about. They played for hours, they could of played all night but The Jefferson Airplane also needed to play, so play they they did. The show ended somewhere near sunrise. Maybe, fuck , I don't know know ,I was stoned stupid. So that was fun and all and the five of us some how found our ride,a VW bug We headed out of city over the Bay Bridge and as we approached the crest of the span our little bug started losing power and the lights dimmed to nothing as we crested and as we coasted down the other side a Highway Patrol car pulled up behind us and put his bumper to ours and with bull horn, shouting, and scaring the shit out of us , directed us to a service station,remember those, and all thinking we were about to be busted, the patrolman, backed up, and just drove away. Probably the greatest show I'll never forget. I loved the Airplane and Good Shepherd is one of their best. Thanks R.P       Rest in Peace Paul       Would it kill you to play some Starship once in a while?. sheech
Thanks Bill for playing this and JA in general. My all time favourite band and my all time favourite guitarist Jorma Kaukanen!

love the comments listeners post here.  
This album is one of a few that were the 'soundtrack' of my early youth together with Led Zeppelin I and II,  Van Morrison Astral Weeks, Frank Zappa Hot Rats, Colosseum Valentyne Suite,  Ten Years After, The Nice, The Soft Machine and Yes.

Some of those are regularly played on RP - others not so.

Looking back on it I must have recognised greatness when I heard it because many of those bands had musicians that individually or collectively went on to great things and have lasted the test of time.

It was also 'cool' to be seen carrying around some of the albums under your arm - front cover facing outwards of course for all to see :)

 
 bam23 wrote:

Still does. Hot Tuna Electric at hardly Strictly Bluegrass this past weekend was pretty great, even if a howling gale was a somewhat unwelcome guest. The real problem was the audience, many, a high percentage of whom, were there to drink beer, get high, and bask in an early October sunny day. Which is a fine thing to do, but instead of listening to music, way too many were chattering away as if at a high school party. Maybe Hot Tuna means nil to many in the crowd, but how one could ignore this music I don't know.

 
Check the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass web site.  It contains archives of a bunch of full show videos including Electric Hot Tuna from the past couple years.

Hardly Strictly always has the most incredible lineup - and it's all free.  I've been to it a few times.

My biggest complaint is about the selfish people who get there really early, bring a big tarp or blanket and stake their claim to that area.  They will often go home and then come back several hours later to see just the acts they like.


 grahamdillabough wrote:
My all time favourite JA LP.  Wore the grooves right out of the album.

 
Yes, My Christmas present to myself in 1969, along with the White Album and Led ZepII, oh, it was so cool to listen to underground radio back then!  Radioparadise, the new underground radio, still so cool!{#Guitarist}
 rsatkinsoninc@gmail.com wrote:
I'll stop whatever I'm doing to listen to that once again.

 
Yes. 
I'll stop whatever I'm doing to listen to that once again.
My all time favourite JA LP.  Wore the grooves right out of the album.
+1
 

bluematrix wrote:
Not a big fan, but this is better than most of their other stuff.

 


Not a big fan, but this is better than most of their other stuff.
Two months later and I say thanks again!
Wonderful! Thanks Bill!
Really?
AHHHHHH


Have this on a quad LP.  Played the hell out of it.
I think everything was good on this album, after months and months of fighting with the record company it was kinda anti-climatic when it finally hit the shelves, but glad it did
 wgsu_1978 wrote:

Sorry, but that distinction belongs to Paul McCartney's utterly wretched throwaway, "Wonderful Christmastime".
The thought that I'm going to be forced to hear it again in less than a month is already making me cringe. 
 
Holiday pop songs get their own sordid category.
So good to hear this again today...have been listening to all my old JAirplane lately since Paul Kantner's passing. What a great legacy! 
 musikluvr wrote:
Actually, I believe studies have shown that "Sussudio" is the worst song ever created. I seems that there is some contradiction in the scientific community over this. But point taken nonetheless.



 
Sorry, but that distinction belongs to Paul McCartney's utterly wretched throwaway, "Wonderful Christmastime".
The thought that I'm going to be forced to hear it again in less than a month is already making me cringe. 
Still gives me goose bumps after all these years.
 agkagk wrote:
Jorma Rocks!

 
Still does. Hot Tuna Electric at hardly Strictly Bluegrass this past weekend was pretty great, even if a howling gale was a somewhat unwelcome guest. The real problem was the audience, many, a high percentage of whom, were there to drink beer, get high, and bask in an early October sunny day. Which is a fine thing to do, but instead of listening to music, way too many were chattering away as if at a high school party. Maybe Hot Tuna means nil to many in the crowd, but how one could ignore this music I don't know.
Jorma Rocks!
Yes yes yes l looove it {#Clap}
Great Heavens, it's good to hear some of this Time Machine Rock again here! Quite a diistinct sound they had; it really captured the wild times... I echo the sentiments posted below about 'Wooden Ships.' I thought JA did a fantastic version of that mind-blowing song!
 johndawkins wrote:

The problem is members go out and make songs like "Built This City" - scientifically proven to be the worst song ever created. People change ... perhaps the long term effect of too many drugs.
 
Of the original Airplane only Grace Slick had anything to do with that abomination. Given her obvious songwriting ability, it must have made her sick to see it go to #1.
 johndawkins wrote:

The problem is members go out and make songs like "Built This City" - scientifically proven to be the worst song ever created. People change ... perhaps the long term effect of too many drugs.
  Actually, I believe studies have shown that "Sussudio" is the worst song ever created. I seems that there is some contradiction in the scientific community over this. But point taken nonetheless.


 johndawkins wrote:

The problem is members go out and make songs like "Built This City" - scientifically proven to be the worst song ever created. People change ... perhaps the long term effect of too many drugs.
 
"Scientifically proven"? How does one use science to prove that a song is incompetent? 
The world of rock, particularly, is littered with bands whose artistic output declined after a period of quality. Some of them just decided to go for the money. Certainly JA is one of them. Others had a drastic change in personnel that altered the chemistry of the product.  Or lost recording contracts, or producers, or managers. Or their popularity just petered out.  It's a tough business.  The Who. Chicago (Transit Authority).  Aerosmith. I'm sure there are a bunch. 
 LowPhreak wrote:
They don't make bands like the Airplane anymore.  :(  I miss em.

 
The crazy times in which they lived made that band.  We still live in crazy times but if you put the same kinds of people together today there would be no scene for them.  Rock music has become too corporatized and controlled with too much emphasis on ego.  You could never get lady gaga, miley cyrus or dave matthews band to share a stage or collaborate or even like each other for long.  They are competing for the same few dollars in peoples pockets.  Rock bands in the past never thought once about competing with anyone monetarily...maybe artistically...but everyone just loved the other for their creativeness and talents and freedom of expression.  Now, we take all that for granted.
John Cipollina was right there with Jorma on the SF "evil" acid guitar sound.  Great song.
 LowPhreak wrote:
They don't make bands like the Airplane anymore.  :(  I miss em.

 
The problem is members go out and make songs like "Built This City" - scientifically proven to be the worst song ever created. People change ... perhaps the long term effect of too many drugs.
 martinc wrote:
Does this not define the acid guitar sound

 
Jorma was the king of the San Francisco hyper vibrato and this is a classic example.  
They don't make bands like the Airplane anymore.  :(  I miss em.
 paraclete wrote:
One of my favorite songs of all time.  It's one of those that I MUST stop, look up with eyes closed, and let this wash over me.  Ahhhhhhh!

 
Wow man yeah, Jorma's sound is sooo deep and cool, this is totally waving over me, Cheers! 
One of the seminal albums of the era. Fantastic. 

gorgeous song...  love it...
 
Wow, talking about taking one back to their childhood memories. Liked it then, love it now.
 funkyalfonso wrote:
Some people really don't like their cover of "Wooden Ships" on this album but I think it is wonderful. And if there was ever a need for an anthem for those times, the title track would do it.
 
Their version of Wooden Ships made me get the meaning of that song. I agree, fantastic.
Love this album.  Keep hoping RP will play We Can Be Together.
"We are forces of chaos and anarchy,
Everything they say we are, we are....
And we are very proud of ourselves"
One of my favorite songs of all time.  It's one of those that I MUST stop, look up with eyes closed, and let this wash over me.  Ahhhhhhh!
Does this not define the acid guitar sound
 paulmack wrote:

Jorma sang lead on at least one song every album.
 
Wow. I didn't know that. Which ones on Takes Off and Surrealistic Pillow?
One of their best albums!
Some people really don't like their cover of "Wooden Ships" on this album but I think it is wonderful. And if there was ever a need for an anthem for those times, the title track would do it.
Never liked this one as much as some of their others.  The guitar is the best part.  A 6 from me.
Wow! A real oldie but goodie
 UltraNurd wrote:
What's the lyric about "long ton liars"? It sounds like something I've heard in another song, but I can't place it.
 

That would be "long tongued liars".  Man, I love the guitar in this.  Jorma really shines.
 paulmack wrote:

Jorma sang lead on at least one song every album.
 
Guess that's what I get for not having more than one album by them. And not paying attention Embarassed
 Proclivities wrote:


That may be somewhat true, but I can't really agree with your seven prior posts - their arguments are not quite as well-thought-out.

 
Cracked me right up... Brilliant.


 Dave_Mack wrote:
Wow, nice. I didn't know Jorma ever sang lead with the Airplane.
 
Jorma sang lead on at least one song every album.
Wow, nice. I didn't know Jorma ever sang lead with the Airplane.
What's the lyric about "long ton liars"? It sounds like something I've heard in another song, but I can't place it.
In case you forgot what the interior of the album cover looked like..I added feet for scale..Breakfast of champions..

https://8020.photos.jpgmag.com/2222887_92473_ed1a1596ad_p.jpg 
whoa..this brought me waaaay back..
 
 Mugro wrote:

I love Jefferson Airplane, but this song sounds dated. Sorry.

 
Yeah, and that is what makes it good! Even the little bird, Ben-Jammin' Houdini Tai-Tan-ic-a Jackson² (Squared) enjoyed singing along with this great older classic and that has to count for a lot. =D

Nice version of this old folk song...cool GTR!
Have this on Quad vinyl.

Love it.
 bobzane wrote:

 

That may be somewhat true, but I can't really agree with your seven prior posts - their arguments are not quite as well-thought-out.

This was so refreshing after that awful White Rabbit cover!
Bobzane, have you come down from that May 2 acid trip? 

Definitely a song from the 60s but it still really works for me.  
This is very nice, sounds kinda like Jon Redfern which is a good thing.

Not unusual for someone with nothing to say to post in the forum however I think doing it 9 times is a first (take your elbow off the submit key bobzane).


I love Jefferson Airplane, but this song sounds dated. Sorry.



one of the first albums I ever bought. great album
Could not agree more. That cover of White Rabbit needs to follow OBL to the bottom of the Arabian Sea. oldsinger wrote:
Nice to hear the real thing (Airplane) after a pretty weak imitation on a cover of White Rabbit.
 


One of the BEST Jefferson Airplane songs ever!   They not only could rock the house, but could do sweet sweet ballads.  "Comin' Back to Me" for example.  Hot Tuna did this song as well, with several outstanding versions out there.

 drictor wrote:


Coding to music as well, at least of the software variety...
 
Tis the only way to code!
Great vocals and guitars from Jorma. Thanks for playing...it's been so long.
Nice to hear the real thing (Airplane) after a pretty weak imitation on a cover of White Rabbit.
 coding_to_music wrote:
yay
 

Coding to music as well, at least of the software variety...
No comments?  Unbelievable...

10 - Godlike
god-like...