Freedom at Point Zero

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Freedom at Point Zero
FreedomAtPointZero.jpg
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
Released November 1, 1979
Recorded 1979 at the Record Plant, Los Angeles and Sausalito
Genre Rock, hard rock, AOR
Length 42:27
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Ron Nevison
Jefferson Starship chronology
Gold
(1979)
Freedom at Point Zero
(1979)
Modern Times
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C−[2]

Freedom at Point Zero is a 1979 album by Jefferson Starship. It was the first album for new lead singer Mickey Thomas, and the first after both Marty Balin and Grace Slick left the prior year (Slick rejoined the band for their next album Modern Times in 1981). Aynsley Dunbar plays drums on this album; he had left Journey the previous year. The album cover was shot on location in the San Francisco Bay on board the USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726).

The single "Jane" peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #14, and spent three weeks at #6 on the Cash Box Top 100.[3] "Jane" was featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, as well as the opening music to the film Wet Hot American Summer and its prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. In October 2015, "Jane" gained notoriety within the video game industry after several DLC packs for Rock Band 4 downloaded as the song causing several versions of the song being available when they shouldn't in a rare glitch. It is also notable for being one of the few songs that was performed live by both the Paul Kantner-led Jefferson Starship and the Mickey Thomas-led Starship. The song "Lightning Rose" predicts the concept of the Nuclear Furniture album, and in fact its character Lightning Rose would return on Nuclear Furniture as the key character in that album's concept.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Jane"   David Freiberg, Jim McPherson Freiberg, McPherson, Paul Kantner, Craig Chaquico 4:07
2. "Lightning Rose (Carry the Fire)"   Kantner Kantner 4:36
3. "Things to Come"   Kantner, China Wing Kantner P. Kantner 4:49
4. "Awakening"   Jeannette Sears Pete Sears 7:59
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Girl with the Hungry Eyes"   Kantner Kantner 3:28
2. "Just the Same"   Chaquico, J. Sears Chaquico, Eric Van Soest 5:17
3. "Rock Music"   Chaquico, J. Sears Chaquico 3:35
4. "Fading Lady Light"   J. Sears P. Sears, Mark Unobsky 3:39
5. "Freedom at Point Zero (Climbing Tiger Mountain through the Sky)"   Kantner Kantner 4:25

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards on "Things to Come"
  • Pete Sears – bass on "Things to Come", "Awakening", "Girl with the Hungry Eyes", "Rock Music", and "Freedom at Point Zero", keyboards on "Jane", "Lightning Rose", "Awakening", and "Just the Same", organ on "Fading Lady Light", electric rhythm guitar on "Fading Lady Light", vocals
  • David Freiberg – vocals, bass on "Jane", "Lightning Rose", "Awakening", "Just the Same", and "Fading Lady Light", keyboards on "Things to Come", "Girl with the Hungry Eyes", "Rock Music", and "Freedom at Point Zero"
  • Mickey Thomas – vocals
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, rhythm guitar

Additional Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Ron Nevison – producer for Gadget Productions, Inc., engineer
  • Michael Clink – engineer
  • Mike Reese – mastering
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Ria Lewerke-Shapiro – art direction, design
  • Gary Regester – photography
  • Tyrone Q. Thompson – star scout
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Recorded and mixed at The Record Plant, Los Angeles - Sausalito
  • Mastered at The Mastering Lab, Hollywood

Singles[edit]

Year Song US Billboard Hot 100 US Cash Box Top 100 US Mainstream Rock Canadian RPM UK
1979 "Jane" 14 6 13 21
"Rock Music" 29 -- --
1980 "Girl With The Hungry Eyes" 55 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freedom at Point Zero". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "CG: Jefferson Starship". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ http://50.6.195.142/archives/80s_files/19800112.html