RCA Records released Live at the Fillmore East
in April 1998, nearly 30 years after it was recorded. At the time, Jefferson Airplane
was coming down from the peak of Takes Off, Surrealistic Pillow
and After Bathing at Baxter's
, and they were performing material form their forthcoming record, Crown of Creation
. In other words, they were at a peak, and the record has a raw, exciting energy that illustrates why the group were considered one of the greatest bands of their era.