Go Ride the Music and West Pole

Various Artists

Broadcast date: 1968/1970

Initial DVD release : 2008

Eagle Rock

A double DVD release of two TV specials that were originally broadcast in 1970 and 1968 respectively. The first comprises performance footage of Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service with a cameo appearance of Jerry Garcia. The second, West Pole, features studio performance footage of Sons Of Champlin and Ace Of Cups and additional music by the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Go Ride The Music

The program features performance and non-performance footage of Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service. The songs performed are:

  • We Can Be Together - Jefferson Airplane
  • Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane
  • Mexico - Jefferson Airplane
  • Warm Red Wine - Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Baby Baby - Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Subway - Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Plastic Fantastic Lover - Jefferson Airplane
  • Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
  • Mona - Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Emergency - Jefferson Airplane
  • Wooden Ships - Jefferson Airplane
The Jefferson Airplane songs were recorded live in studio on April 2, 1970. The QMS songs are from a show at Sonoma State University probably in August 1969.

Jerry Garcia appears briefly twice in this hour long program.

Go Ride The Music was first broadcast in 1970 on NET, was produced by Ralph J. Gleason and Robert N. Zagone.

Go Ride The Music was the second of a two part NET series. The first part, which featured music by Santana, the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, was;

West Pole

West Pole is hosted and narrated by Ralph J. Gleason and presents a mix of live music in the studio and backing music whilst film is being shown. The program was first broadcast on August 16, 1968 on KQED.

The songs that are heard in the programme are;

  • Music - Ace Of Cups
  • Roll with It - Steve Miller Band
  • Greasy Heart - Jefferson Airplane
  • New Potato Caboose - Grateful Dead
  • Dino's Song - Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • Sittin' in Circles - Steve Miller Band
  • Simplicity - Ace Of Cups
  • Freedom - Sons Of Champlin
  • Gospel Song - Ace Of Cups
Only the Ace of Cups and Sons of Champlin are performance footage in the studio.

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