Dragon Fly (album)

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This article is about the Jefferson Starship album. For other albums with similar titles, see Dragonfly (disambiguation).
Dragon Fly
Dragon Fly (Jefferson Starship album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship
Released September, 1974
Recorded July, 1974
Studio Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock
Length 42:25
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Blows Against the Empire
Dragon Fly
Red Octopus
Grace Slick chronology
Dragon Fly
Paul Kantner chronology
Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun
Dragon Fly
Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Dragon Fly is the 1974 debut album by Jefferson Starship. Credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship, it was the transitional release between the various shifting groups that Slick and Kantner had been recording with, as Jefferson Airplane dissolved in the early 1970s and the new group that Jefferson Starship began.

The album received a RIAA gold certification within six months, selling as well as most Jefferson Airplane albums. Although the single "Ride the Tiger" only reached #84 on the Billboard charts, the album itself hit #11. "Hyperdrive" was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ride the Tiger" Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner Kantner 5:11
2. "That’s for Sure" Jerry Gallup Craig Chaquico 4:58
3. "Be Young You" Slick Slick 3:49
4. "Caroline" Marty Balin Kantner 7:29
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
5. "Devil's Den" Slick Papa John Creach 4:03
6. "Come to Life" Robert Hunter David Freiberg, Steven Schuster 3:46
7. "All Fly Away" Tom Pacheco Pacheco 5:25
8. "Hyperdrive" Slick Pete Sears 7:44


  • "Ride the Tiger" (1974) #84 US
  • "Caroline" (1974)


Additional Personnel
  • 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


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