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Red Octopus [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Technically speaking, Red Octopus was the first album credited to Jefferson Starship, though practically the same lineup made Dragon Fly, credited to Grace Slick/Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship. The difference, however, was crucial: Marty Balin was once again a fully integrated bandmember, writing or co-writing five of the ten tracks. And there can be little doubt that it was Balin's irresistible ballad "Miracles," the biggest hit single in the Jefferson Whatever catalog, that propelled Red Octopus to the top of the charts; the only Jefferson album to chart that high; and the best-selling album in their collective lives. This must have been sweet vindication for Balin,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Technically speaking, Red Octopus was the first album credited to Jefferson Starship, though practically the same lineup made Dragon Fly, credited to Grace Slick/Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship. The difference, however, was crucial: Marty Balin was once again a fully integrated bandmember, writing or co-writing five of the ten tracks. And there can be little doubt that it was Balin's irresistible ballad "Miracles," the biggest hit single in the Jefferson Whatever catalog, that propelled Red Octopus to the top of the charts; the only Jefferson album to chart that high; and the best-selling album in their collective lives. This must have been sweet vindication for Balin, who founded Jefferson Airplane but then drifted away from the group as it veered away from his musical vision. Now, the collective was incorporating his taste without quite integrating it: "Miracles," with its strings and sax solo by non-bandmember Irv Cox, was hardly a characteristic Airplane/Starship track. But then, neither exactly was Papa John Creach's showcase, "Git Fiddler," or bassist Pete Sears' instrumental "Sandalphon," which sounded like something from an early Procol Harum album. Slick has three strong songs, among them the second single "Play on Love." Like Dragon Fly, Red Octopus reflected a multiplicity of musical tastes; there were ten credited songwriters, seven of whom were in the band. If there is any consistency in this material, it is in subject matter love songs. The album is more ballad-heavy and melodic than the Airplane albums, which made it more accessible to the broader audience it reached, though "Sweeter Than Honey" is as tough a rocker as the band ever played. [The 2005 reissue of Red Octopus contains four bonus tracks including the single version of "Miracles" and songs recorded live at Winterland in 1975.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767122328
  • Catalog Number: 71223

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jefferson Starship Primary Artist
Marty Balin Vocals, Group Member
Grace Slick Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Pete Sears Organ, Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, ARP, Group Member
Papa John Creach Violin, Group Member
Paul Kantner Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bobbye Hall Percussion, Conga
Craig Chaquico Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
John Barbata Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Irv Cox Saxophone, Soloist
David Freiberg Organ, Bass, Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, ARP, Group Member
Technical Credits
Marty Balin Composer
Grace Slick Composer
Robert Hunter Composer
Pete Sears Composer
Papa John Creach Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
Craig Chaquico Composer
Larry Cox Producer, Engineer
David Freiberg Composer
Bill Laudner Road Manager
Kevin Moore Composer
John Parker Composer
Steve Mantoani Engineer
Dave Roberts Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Irwin Reissue Producer
Jefferson Starship Producer
Ricky King Mastering
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Frank Mulvey Art Direction
Jeff Tamarkin Liner Notes
Kent Duncan Mastering
Heidi Howell Publicity
Tom Choi Packaging Manager
Jeffrey Husband Engineer
Jacky Kaukonen Executive Secretary
Bill Thompson Creative Consultant, Management
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