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Gold

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by Jefferson Starship
 
This 1979 compilation culls the hit singles and strongest album tracks from Jefferson Starship's four elemental-titled albums of the 1970s: 1974's Dragon Fly (evoking air), the 1975 number one smash Red Octopus (water), 1976's Spitfire (fire), and the more obviously titled Earth from 1978. These albums

Overview

This 1979 compilation culls the hit singles and strongest album tracks from Jefferson Starship's four elemental-titled albums of the 1970s: 1974's Dragon Fly (evoking air), the 1975 number one smash Red Octopus (water), 1976's Spitfire (fire), and the more obviously titled Earth from 1978. These albums saw the Jefferson Starship hit-making machine at its peak, so this collection is a fine entrance for those new to the band's '70s material. It's a remarkably democratic set; tracks are selected evenly from Dragon Fly (three), Red Octopus (three), Spitfire (two), and Earth (three), and are divided fairly equitably among lead vocalists: Marty Balin (six), Grace Slick (four), and Paul Kantner/group (two). In the course of listening, it becomes obvious how strongly Balin's increasing MOR sensibilities were guiding the group's path as the decade progressed: By the end, he was singing all the radio hits. The Top 40 hits -- "Miracles," "With Your Love," "Count on Me," and "Runaway" -- are, of course, all included, as are a few of the group's more ambitious efforts: the sweeping soundscape "St. Charles," the heartfelt poetry of "Caroline," and the remarkable Grace Slick meditation on aging, "Hyperdrive." Unfortunately, owing to needless space considerations, some of the cuts are edited for length: "Miracles" is snipped from its seven-minute original to the 3:30 radio edit, and a minute is hacked from both "Runaway" and "Hyperdrive." The one unreleased track included, 1978's "Light the Sky on Fire," is an entirely forgettable Marty Balin vehicle with misplaced horns and a Pete Townsend-esque keyboard riff. Gold, as a compilation, doesn't adequately showcase the instrumental talents of lead guitarist Craig Chaquico, drummer John Barbata, fiddler Papa John Creach, or bassists/keyboardists Pete Sears and David Freiberg; nevertheless, it sits nicely as an overview of the group's multifaceted work in the second half of the decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972679822
catalogNumber:
726798
Rank:
8649

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Starship   Primary Artist
Marty Balin   Guitar,Vocals
Grace Slick   Vocals
Pete Sears   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Papa John Creach   Violin,Vocals
Paul Kantner   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Craig Chaquico   Guitar,Vocals
John Barbata   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
David Freiberg   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lucky Peterson   Composer
Marty Balin   Composer,Contributor
Grace Slick   Contributor
Jesse Barish   Composer
Joey Covington   Composer
Paul Kantner   Composer,Contributor
Craig Chaquico   Composer
Larry Cox   Producer
V. Jeffrey Smith   Composer
Don Reid   Composer
Jefferson Starship   Producer
Jim Payne   Composer
Gabriel Robles   Composer

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