Chaquico, still a teenager, but at least out of high school, was the logical choice for lead guitarist.
The band began rehearsals in January and opened its first tour in Chicago on March The tour ran through April, after which the band prepared to go into the studio. Peter Kaukonen did not work out, however, and he was replaced in June by British veteran Pete Sears born May 27, , who had worked on Manhole. During the recording sessions in July, Kantner reunited with Marty Balin to write the power ballad "Caroline," which Balin agreed to sing on the album.
Kantner and Slick hedged their bets by putting their names on either side of the name "Jefferson Starship" on the cover of the album, Dragon Fly, when it was released in October They needn't have worried. Even though the single "Ride the Tiger" petered out at number 84, Dragon Fly just missed the Top Ten and went gold within six months, selling as well as Jefferson Airplane albums generally did.
Balin joined the band on-stage at its performance at the Winterland ballroom in San Francisco on November 24 four years after his final Jefferson Airplane appearance and then agreed to join Jefferson Starship as a permanent member. Slick and Sears' "Play on Love" was also a singles chart entry. The album first hit number one which no Jefferson Airplane album had ever done in September, and bounced in and out of the top spot for the next two months.
Eventually, it sold over two million copies. At this point, Creach quietly exited the band.
Red Octopus set a pattern for the next two Jefferson Starship albums. Balin, whose love songs had dominated the early days of Jefferson Airplane, but who had been shunted aside by the more political and abstract interests of other bandmembers, returned to a major role thanks to the commercial success of "Miracles.
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She left the tour early, and at its conclusion Balin also quit the band. After the remaining members returned home to regroup, Barbata was involved in a serious automobile accident that forced him to drop out. This left remaining members Kantner, Freiberg, Chaquico, and Sears to figure out what to do next. This revamped sextet went into the studio in June , and in October the pointedly titled fifth Jefferson Starship album, Freedom at Point Zero, was released. Critics carped that, with Balin and Slick gone, and Thomas installed, the band's sound was indistinguishable from that of arena rock stalwarts like Boston, Foreigner, and Journey.
But, of course, those bands were selling in the millions, whatever the critics thought, and Chaquico even took the comparisons as a compliment. The album spawned a Top 20 hit in "Jane" and, while it did not match the success of its predecessors, it reached the Top Ten and went gold, validating the new version of the band, at least in commercial terms.
Slick, having overcome her personal problems, had launched a full-fledged solo career, issuing albums in and early But when Jefferson Starship toured in the summer, she went along, and soon was back as a full-fledged bandmember. The band's next album, Winds of Change, was released the following month. It sported two Top 40 hits, "Be My Lady" and the title song, and it eventually reached gold-record status. Feeling that he had lost control of the group, he determined to leave it, playing his last show on June 23 before quitting.
He also felt, however, that the band should dissolve without him, and when the other members disagreed, he sued over money and the rights to the name "Jefferson Starship" in October Kantner's suit was settled in March with a cash payment and the compromise that "Jefferson Starship," a name to be owned 51 percent by Slick and 49 percent by manager Bill Thompson, would be retired in favor of "Starship," the name by which the band would continue to work.
January 1 as by My favorite Jefferson Starship tune that I had forgotten about. I love the long play version of Miracles too but after hearing this after so many years I am inspired to take up the rhythm guitar. Kudos to Paul Kanter. This is my new favorite Jefferson Starship song.
I have not heard this song in years. Miracles, the EP version, was my favourite but after hearing this I am inspired to take up the rhythm guitar.
Starship went on to considerable commercial success in the second half of the s before splitting up in the early '90s. Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. Kantner and Slick hedged their bets by putting their names on either side of the name "Jefferson Starship" on the cover of the album, Dragon Fly, when it was released in October At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer's personal information. A Choice of Treasons. Notify me of new comments via email.
Kudos to Paul Kanter! Heard this song recently and I could swear I remember hearing a different version back in the day. I know they edited the single, I wonder if they remixed it. Just saw the J.
Starship perform in Santa Monica. Boy was I ever wrong. Really funky, hard grooving rock. I mean a singer named Jefferson, a guy, who sang Baby Take me in your arms… The singer and song sound a certain deal like Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Listen to Magnolia by J. It was released in Runaway which I love, btw is either a straight-up ripoff of Magnolia, or J. You are commenting using your WordPress.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. I always heard the first line as: I read that the lines are actually: Tagged , jefferson starship. Posted by adrianqiana on March 28, https: I totally mishearded it the same way. I also like the bass guitar in this song.
Kudos also to Pete Sears.