The Essential

The Essential

by Jefferson StarshipJefferson Starship


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0887254914327
catalogNumber: 549143
Rank: 4431


Disc 1

  1. It's No Secret
  2. Somebody to Love
  3. White Rabbit
  4. Embryonic Journey
  5. Plastic Fantastic Lover
  6. Comin' Back to Me
  7. The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil
  8. Greasy Heart
  9. Lather
  10. Crown of Creation
  11. Wooden Ships
  12. Volunteers
  13. Good Shepherd
  14. Have You Seen the Saucers
  15. Pretty as You Feel
  16. Third Week in the Chelsea
  17. Long John Silver
  18. Caroline
  19. Ride the Tiger

Disc 2

  1. Miracles
  2. With Your Love
  3. Count on Me
  4. Runaway
  5. Jane
  6. Find Your Way Back
  7. Stranger
  8. Be My Lady
  9. No Way Out
  10. Layin' It on the Line
  11. We Built This City
  12. Sara
  13. Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight
  14. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  15. It's Not Over (Til It's Over)
  16. It's Not Enough

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jefferson 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
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
Stills   Composer
Bill Thompson   Creative Consultant
Peter Wolf   Producer

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