Spitfire (Jefferson Starship album)

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Cover art by Shusei Nagaoka
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
Released June, 1976
Recorded March, 1976 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre AOR
Length 42:04
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Larry Cox / Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship chronology
Red Octopus
Flight Log
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]

Spitfire is a 1976 album by the rock band Jefferson Starship. It was released a year after the chart-topping Red Octopus. This album quickly scaled the charts, spending six consecutive weeks at number three on Billboard and going platinum. This album was released in both stereo and quadraphonic.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Cruisin'"   Charles Hickox Hickox 5:27
2. "Dance with the Dragon"   Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Craig Chaquico Kantner, Chaquico, Pete Sears 5:02
3. "Hot Water"   Slick Sears 3:17
4. "St. Charles"   Kantner, Balin, Jesse Barish, Chaquico, Thunderhawk Kantner, Chaquico 6:38
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Song to the Sun: Part I: Ozymandias / Part II: Don't Let It Rain"   instrumental / Kantner, China Wing Kantner P. Kantner, Chaquico, John Barbata, David Freiberg, Sears, Slick / P. Kantner 1:39 / 5:36
2. "With Your Love"   Balin, Joey Covington, Vic Smith Balin, Covington, Smith 3:33
3. "Switchblade"   Slick Slick 4:01
4. "Big City"   Barbata, Joel Scott Hill, Chris Ethridge Barbata, Hill, Ethridge 3:20
5. "Love Lovely Love"   Barish Barish 3:31


  • Grace Slick – vocals, piano on "Ozymandias" and "Switchblade"
  • Marty Balin – vocals
  • Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion, lead vocals on "Big City", vocals
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, vocals
  • David Freiberg – vocals, bass on "Switchblade" and "Big City", keyboards on "Cruisin'", "Dance with the Dragon", "Hot Water", "St. Charles", "Don't Let It Rain", "With Your Love", and "Love Lovely Love", Arp on "Ozymandias"
  • Pete Sears – bass on all tracks except "Switchblade" and "Big City", piano on "Dance with the Dragon" and "Don't Let It Rain", Mellotron on "Hot Water", keyboards on "St. Charles" and "Big City", organ on "Ozymandias" and "Switchblade", Moog on "Ozymandias" and "Switchblade"

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bobbye Hall – percussion, congas
  • Dave Roberts – string and horn arrangements
  • Steven Schuster – saxophone on "Don't Let It Rain"


  • Jefferson Starship – producer, art direction
  • Larry Cox – producer, engineer
  • Steve Malcolm – assistant to the engineer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Cassandra Gaviola – dragon princess
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • John Langdon – label art
  • Tim Bryant/Gribbit – album design,art direction
  • Ron Slenzak – cover photography
  • Shusei Nagaoka – illustration
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heiders, San Francisco
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan, Kendun Recorders, Burbank

Singles / music videos[edit]

  • "With Your Love" (7/24/76) #12 US
  • "St. Charles" (12/4/76) #64 US (found music video)


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