Earth (Jefferson Starship album)

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Earth
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
Released February 6, 1978
Recorded July - October, 1977 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock, AOR
Length 41:27
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Larry Cox / Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship chronology
Flight Log (1977) Earth (1978) Gold (1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Earth is a 1978 album by Jefferson Starship. The album was recorded in 1977, with the same band lineup as the previous album, Spitfire. The band had not toured in 1977, partly due to Marty Balin's reluctance to commit fully to the band. The song "Count on Me" became a Top-10 single, peaking at #8. The album itself hit #5 on the Billboard charts. A US and European tour followed which resulted in an audience riot in Germany after the band decided not to play without Grace Slick who was ill. They lost all their guitars and equipment during the riot and played one more tense show on German TV in Hamburg after which Grace left the band for one album. Marty Balin fronted the band for one more show at a Genesis concert at the Knebworth Festival in England using rented equipment. When they returned to the USA drummer John Barbata left the band after a serious car accident. This would be the end of the 1970s line-up and several new members joined the band, as well as a new record producer. Success of this album led to Jefferson Starship being contacted to provide a song for the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Love Too Good"   Gabriel Robles Craig Chaquico 6:03
2. "Count on Me"   Jesse Barish Barish 3:14
3. "Take Your Time"   Grace Slick Pete Sears 4:08
4. "Crazy Feelin'"   Barish Barish 3:38
5. "Skateboard"   Slick, Chaquico Chaquico 3:18
Side B
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Fire"   Marty Balin, Trish Robbins David Freiberg, Sears 4:44
2. "Show Yourself"   Slick Slick 4:36
3. "Runaway"   N. Q. Dewey Dewey 5:18
4. "All Nite Long"   Paul Kantner, Balin, Barish, Slick Kantner, John Barbata, Sears, Chaquico, Freiberg 6:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Slick – vocals, piano on "Show Yourself"
  • Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Marty Balin – vocals
  • Pete Sears – bass on "Skateboard", "Runaway", and "All Nite Long", electric piano on "Love Too Good", organ on "Love Too Good", "Count on Me", "Take Your Time", "Crazy Feelin", "Fire", and "Show Yourself", Moog on "Love Too Good", "Skateboard", and "All Nite Long", synthesizer on "Love Too Good", piano on "Count on Me", "Take Your Time", "Crazy Feelin'", "Fire", and "Show Yourself", celeste on "Count on Me", clavinet on "Crazy Feelin'" and "Fire"
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, rhythm guitar on "Love Too Good", "Crazy Feelin'", "Skateboard", and "Show Yourself", vocals
  • John Barbata – electric drums, drums, congas, percussion, vocals
  • David Freiberg – vocals, bass on all tracks except "Skateboard", "Runaway" and "All Nite Long", organ on "Skateboard", "Runaway", and "All Nite Long"

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Jefferson Starship – producer, arrangements, art direction
  • Larry Cox – producer, engineer
  • David Frazer – assistant engineer
  • Steve Hall – recordist
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator, art coordination
  • Nat Quick – illustration
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Cynthia Bowman – art coordination
  • Bill Laudner – art assistant
  • Gribbitt (Tim Bryant) – art director
  • Don Davis – Earth dust sleeve illustration, Earth label illustration
  • Roger Rossmeyer – photography
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heiders, San Francisco
  • Strings and Horns arranged by Gene Page, Whitney Recording Studio, Glendale
  • Mastered by John Golden at Kendun Recorders, Burbank

Singles[edit]

  • "Count on Me" (3/11/78) #8 US
  • "Runaway" (5/27/78) #12 US
  • "Crazy Feelin'" (9/9/78) #54 US

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Earth - Jefferson Starship | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Jefferson Starship". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011.