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    Jefferson Airplane Takes Off Easel-Back Promo Standee (RCA, 1966).
    A rare easel-back promotional store display for Jefferson Airplane's debut LP, dating to the summer of 1966. RCA Records made no promotional poster for their new act unknown outside of San Francisco, instead opting to take the album cover slick (the mono version, btw), adhering it to cardboard and punching an easel on the back. A standard promotional trick of the day to get record and department stores to place it on their counters, stirring up awareness.

    A landmark of San Francisco rock history, Takes Off featured original vocalist Signe Anderson and drummer Skip Spence, both of whom later left and were replaced by Grace Slick and Spencer Dryden, respectively. A cherished gem of mid-60's folk rock, Takes Off was the first LP released by a major label from the nascent San Francisco rock scene. The Dead, Country Joe and Big Brother (with Janis) would come along in 1967, and Quicksilver in '68. But in 1966, the Airplane stood alone.

    This album featured such classics as "It's No Secret," "Come Up the Years" and "Runaround," back when Marty Balin and Paul Kantner took the lion's share of vocals. And if this standee was made when the LP was very first released - as they usually were, as marketing devised their game plan - then you can include the rare "Runnin' Round This World" on that list as well. Too bad there's no back cover for us to see, but one can only imagine!

    Measures 12.4" x 12.4". In Very Good Minus condition with corner bumping and wear and tear, along with discoloration and darkening on the back, as well as indentions to the front portion. Notice also the back has some tape with a name written on it, and even "Elvis" scrawled on there for some unknown reason. But it's the front that counts, with that cool posed photo of the six original members in front of an old prop airplane... surely the record company's idea! COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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