Hits

Hits

by Jefferson Airplane
     
 
There has been no dearth of greatest-hits and best-of albums devoted to Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, but this is the first one combining tracks from all three editions of the group that started in San Francisco in the mid-'60s and ended its run in the early '90s with entirely different personnel. The band

Overview

There has been no dearth of greatest-hits and best-of albums devoted to Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, but this is the first one combining tracks from all three editions of the group that started in San Francisco in the mid-'60s and ended its run in the early '90s with entirely different personnel. The band continued to maintain the same basic elements for most of its run, the constants being a soaring male tenor (either Marty Balin or Mickey Thomas) and a stinging lead guitar (either Jorma Kaukonen or Craig Chaquico), even if its best-remembered sound was the icy, stentorian contralto of on-again, off-again member Grace Slick. To say that the elements held constant is not to say that the band continued to sound the same, but if you listen to the chronologically sequenced album through, you can hear the transition clearly. True to its title, the 35-track Hits contains all of the band's most successful singles, omitting only two of its Top 40 entries. All the big hits are here, from "Somebody to Love" through "Miracles" to "We Built This City," accounting for 18 of the tracks. The rest of the album is filled out with less-successful singles and album tracks that became band standards. As this list indicates, compiler Paul Williams is more interested in Jefferson Airplane than Jefferson Starship and Starship, which are represented exclusively by singles, and a more balanced portrait of the later ensembles might have been provided by including illuminating album tracks. But this is the best two-disc summary of a group that, despite dizzying personnel changes, maintained its commercial acumen for over 20 years.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1998
Label:
Rca Victor Europe
UPC:
0078636770529
catalogNumber:
367705
Rank:
8557

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It's No Secret
  2. Somebody to Love
  3. White Rabbit
  4. Embryonic Journey
  5. Plastic Fantastic Lover
  6. Comin' Back to Me
  7. The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil
  8. Greasy Heart
  9. Lather
  10. Crown of Creation
  11. Wooden Ships
  12. Volunteers
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Have You Seen the Saucers
  15. Pretty As You Feel
  16. Third Week In The Chelsea
  17. Long John Silver
  18. Caroline
  19. Ride the Tiger

Disc 2

  1. Miracles
  2. With Your Love
  3. Count on Me
  4. Runaway
  5. Jane
  6. Find Your Way Back
  7. Stranger
  8. Be My Lady
  9. No Way Out
  10. Layin' It On The Line
  11. We Built This City
  12. Sara
  13. Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight
  14. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  15. It's Not over ('Til It's Over)
  16. It's Not Enough

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Airplane   Primary Artist
Starship   Track Performer
Jefferson Starship   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Marty Balin   Composer
Jorma Kaukonen   Composer
Robbie Nevil   Composer
Pete Sears   Composer
Joey Covington   Composer
Craig Chaquico   Composer
Martin Page   Composer
Kevin Beamish   Producer
Larry Cox   Producer
Phil Galdston   Composer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Matthew Katz   Producer
Dennis Lambert   Composer,Executive Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Ron Nevison   Producer,Engineer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Schmitt   Producer
Mike Shipley   Producer
Jeremy Smith   Producer
V. Jeffrey Smith   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
John Van Tongeren   Composer
Ina Wolf   Composer
Tommy Oliver   Producer
Robert Randall   Composer
Jeannette Sears   Composer
Thomas Borsdorf   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Steven Cristol   Composer
Peter Wolf   Composer

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