Dragon Fly (album)

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This article is about the Jefferson Starship album. For other albums with similar titles, see Dragonfly (disambiguation).
Dragon Fly
Studio album by Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, and Jefferson Starship
Released September, 1974
Recorded July, 1974 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock
Length 42:25
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Blows Against the Empire
(1970)
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Red Octopus
(1975)
Grace Slick chronology
Manhole
(1974)
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Dreams
(1980)
Paul Kantner chronology
Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
(1973)
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Dragon Fly is a 1974 album credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship. It was the transitional release between the various shifting groups that Slick and Kantner had been recording with, as Jefferson Airplane dissolved in the early ‘70s and the new group Jefferson Starship began.

Background[edit]

Dragon Fly just missed the Top Ten and went gold within six months. It sold as well as any Jefferson Airplane records generally did. Although the single "Ride the Tiger" only reached #84 on the Billboard charts, the album itself hit #11.

"Hyperdrive" was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ride the Tiger"   Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner Kantner 5:11
2. "That’s for Sure"   Jerry Gallup Craig Chaquico 4:58
3. "Be Young You"   Slick Slick 3:49
4. "Caroline"   Marty Balin Kantner 7:29
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Devils Den"   Slick Papa John Creach 4:03
2. "Come to Life"   Robert Hunter David Freiberg, Steven Schuster 3:46
3. "All Fly Away"   Tom Pacheco Pacheco 5:25
4. "Hyperdrive"   Slick Pete Sears 7:44

Singles[edit]

  • "Ride the Tiger" (1974) #84 US
  • "Caroline" (1974)

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Slick – vocals, piano on "Be Young You"
  • Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar
  • Papa John Creach – electric violin
  • Pete Sears – bass on all tracks except "That's for Sure"; piano on "That's for Sure", "Caroline", "All Fly Away" and "Hyperdrive"; harpsichord on "Caroline"; organ on "Hyperdrive"
  • David Freiberg – vocals, keyboards on "Ride the Tiger", "Be Young You" and "Caroline"; piano on "Devil's Den" and "Come to Life"; organ on "All Fly Away"; bass on "That's for Sure"

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Jefferson Starship – producer
  • Larry Cox – producer, engineer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Steve Mantoani – recordist
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Acy Lehman, Frank Mulvey – art directors
  • Peter Lloyd – illustration
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heider's, San Francisco

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Dragon Fly - Jefferson Starship | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Jefferson Starship". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011.