No Protection (Starship album)

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No Protection
Studio album by Starship
Released November 21, 1987
Recorded 1987 at Tarpan Studios, San Rafael; Lighthouse Studios, Goodnight L. A., Soundcastle Recording Studio, Los Angeles; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley; and Manzanita Studios, Arrington, Tennessee
Genre Arena rock, pop rock, AOR, melodic rock
Length 49:42
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Peter Wolf
Keith Olsen
Narada Michael Walden For Perfection Light Productions
Starship chronology
Knee Deep in the Hoopla
(1985)
No Protection
(1987)
Love Among the Cannibals
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

No Protection (1987) is the second album by Starship. The album featured the hit single "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now", and the Top 10 hit "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)", the latter of which was a tune originally performed the previous year by one-time Manfred Mann's Earth Band frontman Chris Thompson for the Playing for Keeps soundtrack. With the departure of longtime bassist Pete Sears, Starship was reduced to a quartet for this effort. This was the last album to be produced for Grunt Records, and the final Starship album to feature Grace Slick on vocals; she left Starship in 1988 and rejoined Jefferson Airplane for their reunion tour and self-titled reunion album, Jefferson Airplane in 1989. The Diane Warren-penned ballad "Set the Night to Music" would become a hit four years later in 1991, as a duet between reggae singer Maxi Priest and & R&B legend Roberta Flack, as released from Flack's album Set the Night to Music.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Beat Patrol"   Johnny Warman Peter Wolf 4:23
2. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"   Diane Warren, Albert Hammond Narada Michael Walden 4:29
3. "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)"   Robbie Nevil, John Van Tongeren, Phil Galdston Keith Olsen 4:18
4. "Girls Like You"   Craig Chaquico, Steve Diamond, Mickey Thomas P. Wolf 4:15
5. "Wings of a Lie"   P. Wolf, Ina Wolf P. Wolf 4:57
6. "The Children"   Martin Page, Clif Magness P. Wolf 5:40
7. "I Don't Know Why"   Grace Slick, Jeff Pennig, Michael Luna P. Wolf 4:08
8. "Transatlantic"   Anton Fig, Galdston Olsen 4:18
9. "Say When"   David Roberts Olsen 4:23
10. "Babylon"   Slick, Tommy Funderburk, Larry Williams Olsen 4:37
11. "Set the Night to Music"   Warren P. Wolf 4:40

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Peter Wolf – keyboards and bass on Peter Wolf tracks
  • Bret Bloomfield, Maxi Anderson, Siedah Garrett, Sharon Hendrix, Phillip Ingram, Clif Magness, Jeff Pescetto, Oren Waters, Ina Wolf – additional background vocals on Peter Wolf tracks
  • Larry Williams – keyboards on "Babylon"
  • Bill Cuomo – keyboards and bass on Keith Olsen tracks
  • Alan Pasqua – keyboards on Keith Olsen tracks
  • Tommy Funderburk – background vocals on Keith Olsen tracks
  • Narada Michael Walden – drums on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • Corrado Rustici – charvel MIDI guitar on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • Bongo Bob – drum sampling and percussion on "Nothing's Gonna Stops Us Now"
  • Kitty Beethoven, Jim Gilstrap – additional background vocals on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"

Production[edit]

  • Peter Wolf – producer
  • Keith Olsen – producer
  • Narada Michael Walden – producer
  • Brian Malouf – engineer for Peter Wolf
  • Ed Thacker, Dan Garcia, John VanNess – additional engineers for Peter Wolf
  • Brian Foraker – engineer for Keith Olsen
  • David Frazer – engineer for Narada Michael Walden
  • Bino Espinoza, Dana Chapelle, David Luke, Steve Holroyd, Steve Krause, Ron Dasilva – assistant engineers
  • Starship – arrangements on "It's Not Over", "Transatlantic", and "Say When"
  • Larry Williams – arrangements on "Babylon"
  • Skip Johnson – production coordinator
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering engineer
  • Raess Design (Ted Raess) – art direction
  • Jeff Katz – photographer
  • Lisa Marie Avila – make up
  • Recorded at Lighthouse Studios, Goodnight L. A., Tarpan Studios, Soundcastle Recording Studio, Fantasy Studios, Manzanita Studios
  • Mixed at Image Recorders
  • "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" mixed at Tarpan Studios
  • Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Michael Hill – reissue liner notes
  • Dalita Keumurian – reissue project director
  • Bill Lacey – reissue audio restoration
  • Paul Williams – reissue coordination

Singles / music videos[edit]

  • "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now"
  • "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)"
  • "Beat Patrol"
  • "Set the Night to Music" (single only / no video)

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1987 Billboard 200 12

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Billboard Hot 100 1
1987 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 16
1987 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Adult Contemporary 1
1987 "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" Billboard Hot 100 9
1987 "It's Not Over ('Til It's Over)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
1987 "Beat Patrol" Billboard Hot 100 46
1987 "Set The Night To Music" Adult Contemporary 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viglione, Joe (2011). "No Protection - Starship | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011.