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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Rca Victor Europe
  • UPC: 078636770529
  • Catalog Number: 367705
  • Sales rank: 29,817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's No Secret (2:37)
  2. 2 Somebody to Love (2:58)
  3. 3 White Rabbit (2:32)
  4. 4 Embryonic Journey (1:53)
  5. 5 Plastic Fantastic Lover (2:36)
  6. 6 Comin' Back to Me (5:20)
  7. 7 The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil (4:34)
  8. 8 Greasy Heart (3:25)
  9. 9 Lather (2:56)
  10. 10 Crown of Creation (2:53)
  11. 11 Wooden Ships (6:24)
  12. 12 Volunteers (2:03)
  13. 13 Good Shepherd (4:22)
  14. 14 Have You Seen the Saucers (3:38)
  15. 15 Pretty As You Feel (4:29)
  16. 16 Third Week In The Chelsea (4:33)
  17. 17 Long John Silver (4:22)
  18. 18 Caroline - Jefferson Starship (7:29)
  19. 19 Ride the Tiger - Jefferson Starship (5:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miracles - Jefferson Starship (6:51)
  2. 2 With Your Love - Jefferson Starship (3:34)
  3. 3 Count on Me - Jefferson Starship (3:14)
  4. 4 Runaway - Jefferson Starship (5:21)
  5. 5 Jane - Jefferson Starship (4:11)
  6. 6 Find Your Way Back - Jefferson Starship (4:14)
  7. 7 Stranger - Jefferson Starship (4:43)
  8. 8 Be My Lady - Jefferson Starship (3:50)
  9. 9 No Way Out - Jefferson Starship (4:22)
  10. 10 Layin' It On The Line - Jefferson Starship (4:09)
  11. 11 We Built This City - Starship (4:53)
  12. 12 Sara - Starship (4:52)
  13. 13 Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight - Starship (3:41)
  14. 14 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship (4:29)
  15. 15 It's Not over ('Til It's Over) - Starship (4:18)
  16. 16 It's Not Enough - Starship (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Airplane Primary Artist, 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
Al Schmitt Producer
Mike Shipley Producer
Jeremy Smith Producer
V. Jeffrey Smith Composer
Vic 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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