Dragon Fly (album)

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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 Records
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

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 the Starship band soon after, present for most of their career during the remainder of the decade. "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 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
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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


  • 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.