Box Of Rain wrote:The Airplane broke up in 72 - Jefferson Starship was a name for the congolomerate of musicians (Crosby, Stills, & Nash, etc.) that helped Grace and Paul with their joint solo adventures in the very early seventies - Blows Against the Empire, Sunfighter, Baron Von Tollbooth, and Manhole. I highly reccomend all of 'em. Jefferson Starship as an actual BAND came around in about 74. It was basically Grace Slick and Paul Kantner with a new backing band - plus Papa John Creach. First album was Dragonfly - Marty Balin came about into the fold on 1975's Red Octopus and stuck around until after Earth in 79. Dragonfly and Red Octopus are kinda nice albums, other than that they tended to be pretty mediocre. As the band chugged along, they slowly began incorporating more outside material. Perhaps as an outlet for her unused songwriting, Grace recorded "Dreams" in 79. Now THAT I reccomend over anything the Starship ever did.
Sometime in the eighties Marty AND Paul had bailed at which point the band was just "Starship", featuring the horrendous pre-pubescent vocals of the equally awful-looking Mickey Thomas, and Grace hanging on as the only original airplane member. Original material ceased, replaced by tunes by the likes of Bernie Taupin and Diane Warren. Eventually Grace bailed. I reccomend you avoid all their material like the plague.
Nowadays Jefferson starship is Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, and, uh... a bunch of random other people. Personally, I don't really keep up with 'em. No Grace, no Jack, no Jorma, no interest. WORD!!!!
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