Red Octopus

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Red Octopus
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
Released June 13, 1975
Recorded February, 1975 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock, AOR
Length 42:00
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Dragon Fly
Red Octopus
Alternative cover
Cover art of original LP release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B−


Red Octopus is a 1975 album by Jefferson Starship. It was the best-selling album by any incarnation of Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off groups, and the single "Miracles" hit #3 on the Billboard chart, being the highest-charting single the band had until that point. This album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. The album itself reached #1 on the Billboard 200.

Marty Balin, one of the original founders of Jefferson Airplane, returns as a fully integrated member and writes five of the 10 tracks, including the hit "Miracles".[3] The album paved the music direction of the band for their next two albums. The group attempted to create a commercialized sound which was a total contrast to their past works.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Fast Buck Freddie"   Grace Slick Craig Chaquico 3:28
2. "Miracles"   Marty Balin Balin 6:52
3. "Git Fiddler" (instrumental)   Papa John Creach, Kevin Moore, John Parker 3:08
4. "Ai Garimasũ (There Is Love)"   Slick Slick 4:15
5. "Sweeter Than Honey"   Balin, Craig Chaquico Chaquico, Pete Sears 3:20
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Play On Love"   Slick Sears 3:44
2. "Tumblin'"   Balin, Robert Hunter David Freiberg 3:27
3. "I Want To See Another World"   Paul Kantner, Slick, Balin Kantner 4:34
4. "Sandalphon" (instrumental)   Sears 4:08
5. "There Will Be Love"   Kantner, Balin Kantner, Chaquico 5:04
2005 CD bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Miracles" (single version) Balin Balin 3:29
2. "Band Introduction" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)     1:14
3. "Fast Buck Freddie" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Slick Chaquico 3:34
4. "There Will Be Love" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Kantner, Balin Kantner, Chaquico 4:57
5. "You're Driving Me Crazy" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Vic Smith Smith 6:44


  • Grace Slick – vocals, piano on "Ai Garimasu"
  • Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Marty Balin – vocals
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, vocals
  • Papa John Creach – electric violin
  • Pete Sears – bass on all tracks except "Git Fiddler", "Play On Love", and "Sandalphon", electric piano on "Miracles", keyboards on "Git Fiddler" and "Sweeter Than Honey", piano on "Play On Love", "I Want to See Another World", "Sandalphon", and "There Will Be Love", organ on "Play On Love", "I Want to See Another World", and "Sandalphon", clavinet on "Play On Love", Arp on "Sandalphon", vocals
  • David Freiberg – vocals, bass on "Git Fiddler", "Play On Love", and "Sandalphon", organ on "Miracles" and "I Want to See Another World", Arp on "Ai Garimasu" and "There Will Be Love", keyboards on "Tumblin'"

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bobbye Hall – percussion, congas
  • Irv Cox – saxophone


  • Jefferson Starship – producer
  • Larry Cox – producer, engineer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Steve Mantoani, Jeffrey Husband – recordists
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Dave Roberts – string and horn arrangement
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heiders, San Francisco
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan, Kendun Recorders, Burbank
  • Live tracks recorded at Winterland, November 7, 1975
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Frank Mulvey – art director
  • Jim Marshall – liner photograph
  • Gribbitt! – graphics

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 #1


  • "Miracles" (August 23, 1975) #3 US (Billboard Hot 100)
  • "Play On Love" (December 13, 1975) #49 US


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Red Octopus at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  2. ^ "CG: Jefferson Starship". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Red Octopus - Review". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jefferson Starship - Biography". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
Preceded by
One of These Nights by Eagles
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 6–12, 1975
September 27 - October 3, 1975
November 1–7, 1975
November 29 - December 5, 1975
Succeeded by
The Heat Is On by The Isley Brothers