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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972679822
  • Catalog Number: 726798
  • Sales rank: 43,235

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ride the Tiger (5:09)
  2. 2 Caroline (7:28)
  3. 3 Play on Love (3:15)
  4. 4 Miracles (3:30)
  5. 5 Fast Buck Freddie (3:29)
  6. 6 Light the Sky on Fire (4:04)
  7. 7 With Your Love (3:34)
  8. 8 St. Charles (6:39)
  9. 9 Count on Me (3:14)
  10. 10 Love Too Good (4:39)
  11. 11 Runaway (3:42)
  12. 12 Hyperdrive (6:18)
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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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