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, CA
Genre Rock, AOR
Length 42:00
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Red Octopus
(1975)
Spitfire
(1976)
Alternative cover
Cover art of original LP release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B−

[2]

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
6. "Play On Love"   Slick Sears 3:44
7. "Tumblin'"   Balin, Robert Hunter David Freiberg 3:27
8. "I Want To See Another World"   Paul Kantner, Slick, Balin Kantner 4:34
9. "Sandalphon" (instrumental)   Sears 4:08
10. "There Will Be Love"   Kantner, Balin Kantner, Chaquico 5:04
2005 CD bonus tracks
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
11. "Miracles" (single version) Balin Balin 3:29
12. "Band Introduction" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)     1:14
13. "Fast Buck Freddie" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Slick Chaquico 3:34
14. "There Will Be Love" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Kantner, Balin Kantner, Chaquico 4:57
15. "You're Driving Me Crazy" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland) Vic Smith Smith 6:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Slick – lead and backing vocals, piano (4)
  • Paul Kantner – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Marty Balin – lead and backing vocals
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Papa John Creach – electric violin
  • David Freiberg – organ (2, 8), lead and backing vocals, ARP synthesizer (4, 10), keyboards (7), bass (3, 6, 9)
  • Pete Sears – bass (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10-15), keyboards (3, 5) electric (2, 11) and acoustic (6, 8-10) pianos, organ (6, 8, 9), clavinet (6), ARP synthesizer (9), backing vocals
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

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

Production[edit]

  • 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]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 #1

Singles[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jefferson Starship - Biography". billboard.com. 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