What Is The Best Jefferson Starship Album of All Time?

Dragon Fly (1974)
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Red Octopus (1975)
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Spitfire (1976)
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Earth (1978)
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Freedom at Point Zero (1979)
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Modern Times (1981)
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Winds of Change (1982)
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Nuclear Furniture (1984)
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Knee Deep in the Hoopla (As Starship - 1985)
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No Protection (As Starship - 1987)
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Love Among the Cannibals (As Starship - 1989)
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Windows of Heaven (1998)
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Jefferson's Tree of Liberty (2008)
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Re: Jefferson Starship - Discography
« on: July 10, 2012, 03:33:58 pm »
Starship (Knee Deep In The Hoopla) 1985

This is where the name of the band officially transformed into Starship and created the most universally depised song in the history of music with We Built This City off of the album Knee Deep In The Hoopla. Why is is hated by a lot of people? Because it's one of the most blatant instance of corporate rock, meaning it was tailored specifically to radio using what was big as far as instrumentation and production at the time of its release as well as using 5 writers or song doctors if you will. I can listen to it maybe once or twice a year if it comes on the radio or the video pops up on TV purely for nostalgic reasons. Anymore than that and it's too much.

Actually a lot of the album was constructed this way. As I remember it, only one song was written by members of the band (Mickey Thomas and Craig Chaquico) on Private Room. It was very odd to see a host of muscian's in a band as big as Starship  was at the time just turning over the reigns to outside songwriters. So obviously the bands sound was drastically altered and set a course they would never come back from. It was still successful because they spawned huge hits with We Built This City and Sara. But if you're coming at this album with the intent of getting that old school rock, you will be sadly disappointed.

Okay, enough with the negative, time for some positives and that comes in the form of some rip roaring guitar work from Chaquico who did change his style to fit the mold of those guitar gods that were walking the streets during the day. I think he felt that he needed to compete with them and beccome a bit more flashy. I prefer the older, bluesy playing of his, but I did like this "new" playing he was bringing to his arsenal. Why wouldn't I? I was on the same train during this time and was dabbling in the same techniques myself. Just listen to the solo to Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight for a prime example of this.

Fave Songs: Sara and Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight. I guess I can throw We Built This City into the mix, but I won't listen to it again for another year.

« Last Edit: July 10, 2012, 05:01:09 pm by Chiprocks1 »
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