Dragon Fly (album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 1, 1974|
|Studio||Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco|
|Producer||Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox|
|Jefferson Starship chronology|
|Grace Slick chronology|
|Paul Kantner chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
Dragon Fly is the debut album by Jefferson Starship, released on Grunt Records in 1974. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a gold album. Credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship, the band itself was a turning point after a series of four albums centering on the partnership of Kantner and Slick during the disintegration of Jefferson Airplane through the early 1970s.
The album received its RIAA gold certification within six months, selling as well as most Jefferson Airplane albums. Two singles were released from the album: "Ride the Tiger" reached only #84 on the Billboard Hot 100; the follow-up single "Caroline" failed to chart. Singer Marty Balin, who had not appeared on an Airplane or Airplane-offshoot album since Volunteers in 1969, would write and sing on the single "Caroline." He would join Jefferson Starship soon after, present for most of their career during the remainder of the decade. The song "Hyperdrive" was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.
|1.||"Ride the Tiger"||Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner||Paul Kantner||5:11|
|2.||"That’s for Sure"||Jerry Gallup||Craig Chaquico||4:58|
|3.||"Be Young You"||Grace Slick||Grace Slick||3:49|
|4.||"Caroline"||Marty Balin||Paul Kantner||7:29|
|1.||"Devil's Den"||Grace Slick||Papa John Creach||4:03|
|2.||"Come to Life"||Robert Hunter||David Freiberg, Steven Schuster||3:46|
|3.||"All Fly Away"||Tom Pacheco||Tom Pacheco||5:25|
|4.||"Hyperdrive"||Grace Slick||Pete Sears||7:44|
- Grace Slick – vocals; piano on "Be Young You"
- Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Papa John Creach – electric violin
- Craig Chaquico – lead guitar
- David Freiberg – vocals; keyboards on "Ride the Tiger," "Be Young You," and "Caroline"; piano on "Devil's Den" and "Come to Life"; organ on "All Fly Away"; bass on "That's for Sure"
- Pete Sears – bass on all except "That's for Sure"; piano on "That's for Sure," "Caroline," "All Fly Away," and "Hyperdrive"; harpsichord on "Caroline"; organ on "Hyperdrive"
- John Barbata – drums, percussion
- Marty Balin – lead vocals on "Caroline"
- Jefferson Starship – producer
- Larry Cox – producer, engineer
- Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
- Steve Mantoani – recordist
- Paul Dowell – amp consultant
- Bill Thompson – manager
- Acy Lehman, Frank Mulvey – art directors
- Peter Lloyd – illustration
- Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heider's, San Francisco
- Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Dragon Fly - Jefferson Starship | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.