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Nuclear Furniture

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All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
Nuclear Furniture, like the other Jefferson Starship albums of the early '80s, is a competent but rather forgettable collection of radio-friendly dual guitar/keyboard period pop tunes. It holds up better than previous efforts Modern Times and Winds of Change, though, due to improved songwriting and the temporarily revitalized presence of Paul Kantner who would acrimoniously leave the band, taking the "Jefferson" with him, after this album. Kantner's three efforts -- "Connection," "Rose Goes to Yale," and "Champion" -- paint an intriguing and sometimes humorous picture of sifting through a post-apocalyptic Earth. "Champion," in fact, perfectly synthesizes his dual roles ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph McCombs
Nuclear Furniture, like the other Jefferson Starship albums of the early '80s, is a competent but rather forgettable collection of radio-friendly dual guitar/keyboard period pop tunes. It holds up better than previous efforts Modern Times and Winds of Change, though, due to improved songwriting and the temporarily revitalized presence of Paul Kantner who would acrimoniously leave the band, taking the "Jefferson" with him, after this album. Kantner's three efforts -- "Connection," "Rose Goes to Yale," and "Champion" -- paint an intriguing and sometimes humorous picture of sifting through a post-apocalyptic Earth. "Champion," in fact, perfectly synthesizes his dual roles as unapologetic idealist hippie and aging storyteller/mythmaker. The remaining tracks are largely mid-tempo rockers, sounding much like Foreigner filler. "No Way Out" became a Top 40 hit with its catchy keyboard riff, but on most of the other cuts, bandmembers Craig Chaquico, Pete Sears, David Freiberg, and Donny Baldwin are content to go through the motions. The usually thought-provoking Grace Slick commits the almost unpardonable sin of applying cheesy synth drums to her composition "Magician," but acquits herself on the smart, intense "Showdown," one of her finest moments of the '80s, both lyrically and vocally. All told, Nuclear Furniture is most notable in the Jefferson lexicon as the album that made permanent the schism between Paul Kantner's lingering political punditry and Mickey Thomas's desire for disposable arena rock. The tension between the two angles makes for an intriguing if uneven album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2008
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017656389
  • Catalog Number: 35248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Layin' It on the Line (4:11)
  2. 2 No Way Out (4:22)
  3. 3 Sorry Me, Sorry You (4:07)
  4. 4 Live and Let Live (3:51)
  5. 5 Connection (4:25)
  6. 6 Rose Goes to Yale (2:57)
  7. 7 Magician (3:23)
  8. 8 Assassin (3:53)
  9. 9 Shining in the Moonlight (3:38)
  10. 10 Showdown (3:22)
  11. 11 Champion (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Starship Primary Artist
Grace Slick Vocals
Pete Sears Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Kantner Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Thomas Vocals
Craig Chaquico Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Leader
David Freiberg Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Donny Baldwin Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Peter Wolf Synthesizer, Keyboards, Linn
Brian Macleod Drums
Technical Credits
Ron Gilbert Composer
Mark Haynes Engineer
Ron Nevison Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Mike Reese Mastering
Jefferson Starship Arranger
Rod Dyer Cover Design
Tomoyuki Yamazaki Liner Notes
Clive Piercy Cover Design
Peter Wolf Arranger, Producer, drum programming
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