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Blows Against the Empire
     

Blows Against the Empire

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by Paul Kantner
 

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Paul Kantner's debut solo album actually was credited to "Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship," the first use of the "Starship" billing, predating the formation of the group with that name by four years. Kantner used it, extrapolating on the name of his current band, Jefferson Airplane, to refer to Blows's science fiction concept: A bunch of left-wing hippies

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Paul Kantner's debut solo album actually was credited to "Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship," the first use of the "Starship" billing, predating the formation of the group with that name by four years. Kantner used it, extrapolating on the name of his current band, Jefferson Airplane, to refer to Blows's science fiction concept: A bunch of left-wing hippies closely resembling his San Francisco Bay Area compatriots hijack a government-built starship and head off to re-start the human race on another planet. Kantner had presaged this post-apocalyptic colonization idea on "Wooden Ships" on the last Airplane album, Volunteers, and here he expanded it out to album length with the help of members of The Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Crosby, Stills and Nash, plus assorted others, a shifting supergroup informally known as PERRO, The Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra. (Kantner later would borrow that name for a subsequent solo album.) Blows actually was a little loose as concept albums go, seeming as concerned with the arrival of Kantner and Grace Slick's baby as with the departure of the starship. Kantner employed often dense instrumentation and complex arrangements, but there were enough hooks and harmonies to keep things interesting. Blows eventually went gold, and it was even nominated for a science fiction award usually reserved for novels.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886973356715
catalogNumber:
733567

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Kantner   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Hart   Drums
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Guitar
Jefferson Airplane   Track Performer
Jorma Kaukonen   Guitar
Graham Nash   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Grace Slick   Keyboards,Vocals
Joey Covington   Percussion,Drums
Peter Kaukonen   Guitar
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Jack Casady   Bass
David Crosby   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Freiberg   Vocals,Background Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann   Drums
Jefferson Starship   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Kantner   Producer,Audio Production
Ron Dudley   Contributor
Phil Sawyer   Contributor
Bill Thompson   Contributor
Pat Ieraci   Engineer
Allen Zentz   Engineer
Joe Lopes   Engineer
Jeff Tamarkin   Liner Notes

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Blows Against the Empire 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As fresh and invigorating today as it was when first released. The tunes still merit rave reviews. Taken together, the musicians, music and Grace Slick’s vocals to boot…What could be better
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Member of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, along with Crosby/Nash and others participated in creating this wonderful Science Fiction album about leaving earth to start a new life. A truly great album and one that should not be missed by the fans of any of the groups involved. This is a Paul Kantner project that names this collaboration group "Jefferson Starship" but it should not be confused with the post-Airplane group of that name.
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