Red Octopus

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Red Octopus
Red octopus jefferson starship.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 13, 1975
RecordedFebruary 1975
StudioWally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA
GenreAOR
Length42:00
LabelGrunt
ProducerJefferson Starship, Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Dragon Fly
(1974)
Red Octopus
(1975)
Spitfire
(1976)
Alternative cover
Cover art of original LP release
Cover art of original LP release
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB− [2]

Red Octopus is the second album by Jefferson Starship, released on Grunt Records in 1975. Certified double platinum by RIAA in 1995, it is the best-selling album by any incarnation of Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off groups. The single "Miracles" was the highest-charting single any permutation of the band had until Starship's "We Built This City" a decade later, ultimately peaking at #3 on the Billboard singles chart; the album itself reached #1 four non-consecutive weeks during 1975 on the Billboard 200. As with several other albums from the epoch, stereo and quadraphonic mixes of Red Octopus were released concurrently.

Following a guest appearance on the preceding Dragon Fly, Jefferson Airplane founder Marty Balin returned as a fully integrated member of the ensemble. Balin wrote or co-wrote five of the ten tracks on the album, including "Miracles."[3] The group attempted to create a commercialized sound which was a total contrast to their past works, paving the musical direction of their next two albums.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Fast Buck Freddie"Grace SlickCraig Chaquico3:28
2."Miracles"Marty BalinMarty Balin6:52
3."Git Fiddler" (instrumental) Papa John Creach, Kevin Moore, John Parker3:08
4."Ai Garimasũ (There Is Love)"Grace SlickGrace Slick4:15
5."Sweeter than Honey"Balin, Craig ChaquicoCraig Chaquico, Pete Sears3:20
Side two
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Play on Love"Grace SlickPete Sears3:44
2."Tumblin'"Marty Balin, Robert HunterDavid Freiberg3:27
3."I Want to See Another World"Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Marty BalinPaul Kantner4:34
4."Sandalphon" (instrumental) Pete Sears4:08
5."There Will Be Love"Paul Kantner, Marty BalinPaul Kantner, Craig Chaquico5:04
2005 CD bonus tracks
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
11."Miracles" (single version)Marty BalinMarty Balin3:29
12."Band Introduction" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)  1:14
13."Fast Buck Freddie" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)Grace SlickCraig Chaquico3:34
14."There Will Be Love" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)Paul Kantner, Marty BalinPaul Kantner, Craig Chaquico4:57
15."You're Driving Me Crazy" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)Vic SmithVic Smith6:44

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Production

  • Jefferson Starship – producer
  • Larry Cox – producer, engineer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Steve Mantoani, Jeffrey Husband – recordists
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Dave Roberts – string and horn arrangement
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heiders, San Francisco
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan, Kendun Recorders, Burbank
  • Live tracks recorded at Winterland, November 7, 1975
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Frank Mulvey – art director
  • Jim Marshall – liner photograph
  • Gribbitt! – graphics

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 #1

Singles[edit]

  • "Miracles" (August 23, 1975) #3 US (Billboard Hot 100)
  • "Play On Love" (December 13, 1975) #49 US Billboard Hot 100, #47 US Cash Box Top 100[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann. "Jefferson Starship: Red Octopus". AllMusic. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "CG: Jefferson Starship". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  3. ^ "Red Octopus - Review". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jefferson Starship - Biography". billboard.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, January 17, 1976

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