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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The seminal San Francisco psychedelic band in the heyday of such things, Jefferson Airplane were sassy, political, and generally engaging. The band then morphed into Jefferson Starship, which was a whole other thing, a more polished band aiming at the pop charts. Eventually Jefferson Starship became just Starship, although the sound stayed aimed at the charts. This two-disc set combines the best tracks from all of these incarnations, which is a good thing if one is a fan of all of the approaches here, but not such a good thing if, like many, one prefers one version of the band to the other two. Either way, it's nice to have a survey of the Jefferson family tree in one ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The seminal San Francisco psychedelic band in the heyday of such things, Jefferson Airplane were sassy, political, and generally engaging. The band then morphed into Jefferson Starship, which was a whole other thing, a more polished band aiming at the pop charts. Eventually Jefferson Starship became just Starship, although the sound stayed aimed at the charts. This two-disc set combines the best tracks from all of these incarnations, which is a good thing if one is a fan of all of the approaches here, but not such a good thing if, like many, one prefers one version of the band to the other two. Either way, it's nice to have a survey of the Jefferson family tree in one spot, and songs (no matter which version of this outfit did them) like "Somebody to Love," "White Rabbit," "Volunteers," "Ride the Tiger," the beautiful "Miracles," "Count on Me," and the love-it-then-hate-it-sometimes "We Built This City" (it's a matter of where you are when you hear it) are all staples on rock oldies stations and they deserve to be. So there's a lot of good stuff here, even if it sounds like it's from three different bands -- it's how the story went.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 887254914327
  • Catalog Number: 549143
  • Sales rank: 7,677

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's No Secret - Jefferson Airplane (2:40)
  2. 2 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane (3:00)
  3. 3 White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane (2:35)
  4. 4 Embryonic Journey - Jefferson Airplane (1:56)
  5. 5 Plastic Fantastic Lover - Jefferson Airplane (2:39)
  6. 6 Comin' Back to Me - Jefferson Airplane (5:23)
  7. 7 The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil - Jefferson Airplane (4:37)
  8. 8 Greasy Heart - Jefferson Airplane (3:28)
  9. 9 Lather - Jefferson Airplane (2:59)
  10. 10 Crown of Creation - Jefferson Airplane (2:56)
  11. 11 Wooden Ships - Jefferson Airplane (6:27)
  12. 12 Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane (2:06)
  13. 13 Good Shepherd - Jefferson Airplane (4:25)
  14. 14 Have You Seen the Saucers - Jefferson Airplane (3:40)
  15. 15 Pretty as You Feel - Jefferson Airplane (4:31)
  16. 16 Third Week in the Chelsea - Jefferson Airplane (4:36)
  17. 17 Long John Silver - Jefferson Airplane (4:25)
  18. 18 Caroline - Jefferson Starship (7:32)
  19. 19 Ride the Tiger - Jefferson Starship (5:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Miracles - Jefferson Starship (6:54)
  2. 2 With Your Love - Jefferson Starship (3:37)
  3. 3 Count on Me - Jefferson Starship (3:17)
  4. 4 Runaway - Jefferson Starship (5:24)
  5. 5 Jane - Jefferson Starship (4:14)
  6. 6 Find Your Way Back - Jefferson Starship (4:17)
  7. 7 Stranger - Jefferson Starship (4:46)
  8. 8 Be My Lady - Jefferson Starship (3:53)
  9. 9 No Way Out - Jefferson Starship (4:25)
  10. 10 Layin' It on the Line - Jefferson Starship (4:13)
  11. 11 We Built This City (4:57)
  12. 12 Sara (4:55)
  13. 13 Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight (3:44)
  14. 14 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (4:32)
  15. 15 It's Not Over (Til It's Over) (4:20)
  16. 16 It's Not Enough (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Starship Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Marty Balin Composer
Jefferson Airplane Arranger, Producer
Grace Slick Composer
Kevin Beamish Producer
Larry Cox Producer
David Crosby Composer
Rick Jarrard Producer
Matthew Katz Producer
Larry Klein Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Ron Nevison Producer, Engineer
Keith Olsen Producer
Al Schmitt Producer
Mike Shipley Producer
Darby Slick Composer
Jeremy Smith Producer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Tommy Oliver Producer
Jefferson Starship Producer
Mark Larson Art Direction
Eddie Eddings Vault Research
Tori Larkey-Wheeler Vault Research
Ben Fong-Torres Essay
Paul Williams Tape Research
Traditional Composer
The Stills Composer
Bill Thompson Creative Consultant
Peter Wolf Producer
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