Dragon Fly

Dragon Fly

by Jefferson Starship
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Dragon Fly

Credited to "Grace Slick/Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship", Dragon Fly was the transitional album between the various shifting aggregations Slick and Kantner had been recording with as Jefferson Airplane dissolved in the early '70s and the new Jefferson Starship (which essentially was the Airplane with a new guitarist and bassist -- Craig Chaquico and Pete Sears). But where such preceding efforts as Sunfighter, Manhole, and Baron Von Tollbooth and the Chrome Nun had suffered from indulgence and a lack of focus, Dragon Fly, from the first note of its rocking leadoff track, "Ride the Tiger" (a chart single), was a unified effort. Like much of the Airplane catalog and all of the Starship albums to follow, the album suffered from the band's communal approach to song selection (the eight tracks credited 12 writers, half of them bandmembers), leading to an unevenness in the material. But unlike the recent Kantner/Slick/etc. albums, it sounded like the work of a seasoned band. (It didn't hurt that the album was cut just after a tour, instead of before one.) Especially notable was Chaquico, who on such tracks as "All Fly Away" and "Hyperdrive" demonstrated that he was a distinctive lead guitarist able to define the Starship sound just as the very different Jorma Kaukonen had the Airplane. But what turned Dragon Fly into an artistic and commercial triumph (it was the most popular album any of these people had been involved with in five years) was the return, for one song, of former Airplane singer Marty Balin, since that one song was the epic power ballad "Caroline," which became a radio favorite and remains one of the best songs the Airplane/Starship ever did.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2007
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886971052923
catalogNumber: 710529
Rank: 31151

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson Starship   Primary Artist
Jefferson Airplane   Primary Artist
Marty Balin   Guitar,Vocals
Grace Slick   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Pete Sears   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Papa John Creach   Violin,Vocals
Paul Kantner   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Craig Chaquico   Guitar
John Barbata   Percussion,Drums
Irv Cox   Saxophone
David Freiberg   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jefferson Airplane   Producer
John Palumbo   Composer
Tom Pacheco   Composer
Larry Cox   Producer,Engineer
Steve Mantoani   Engineering
Don Wardell   Digital Series Executive Producer
Jefferson Starship   Producer
Acy Lehman   Art Direction
Frank Mulvey   Art Direction
Pacheco   Composer
Jacky Kaukonen   Executive Secretary
Peter Lloyd   Illustrations

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Dragon Fly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at Winterland for the greatest first show a group ever enjoyed playing. I do mean enjoyed...they were really enjoying themselves that night. They opened with "Hyperdrive" the sheer exhileration of this high energy song let the crowd know they were going to experience something truly special that night. This album (their first as Starship) was released shortly following this tour. By the way, something really worth mentioning is that Papa John Creech who played fiddle with them at the show celebrated his 60th birthday that night by playing a 15 minute solo that had the crowd on its feet roaring with apreciation at it's conculsion. After this fantastic preformance I was filled with anticipation for the release of thier album and I'm glad to say I was not disappoited by the great songs on it.