Software (album)

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Software
Software Grace Slick.jpg
Studio album by Grace Slick
Released January 30, 1984
Recorded 1983 at The Plant, Sausalito
Genre Rock
Length 37:04
Label RCA
Producer Ron Nevison
Grace Slick chronology
Welcome to the Wrecking Ball!
(1981)Welcome to the Wrecking Ball!1981
Software
(1984)
The Best of Grace Slick
(1999)The Best of Grace Slick1999
Singles from Software
  1. "All the Machines"
    Released: January 9, 1984
  2. "Through the Window"
    Released: June 11, 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(C-)[2]

Software is Grace Slick's 1984 album released by RCA Records. This album was recorded after she had re-joined Jefferson Starship. After working on this album, Peter Wolf would go on to contribute to Jefferson Starship's 1984 album, Nuclear Furniture. A music video was made for the single "All the Machines". Software is Grace Slick's fourth and final solo album.

Software has been described as Slick's attempt to assimilate with the techno-pop artists of the period. Guitar use is largely replaced by synthesizers and electric drums. Slick's trademark wailing vocals and improvising is replaced by more short, precise bursts. The album failed to chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics by Grace Slick / music by Peter Wolf except where noted

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Call It Right Call It Wrong"3:47
2."Me and Me"3:52
3."All the Machines"4:47
4."Fox Face"4:54
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Through the Window" (Peter Beckett)3:32
2."It Just Won't Stop"4:05
3."Habits"3:50
4."Rearrange My Face"3:25
5."Bikini Atoll" (Grace Slick)4:52

Singles[edit]

  • "All the Machines (edited)" – 3:34 b/w "All the Machines" – 4:47 (1984)
  • "Through the Window" b/w "Habits" (1984)

Personnel[edit]

  • Grace Slick – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Peter Wolf – keyboards, Linn programming, synth bass
  • Peter Maunu – guitars on all tracks except "Rearrange My Face"
  • Brian MacLeod – Simmons drums
  • Bret Bloomfield – Fender bass on "Me and Me"
  • Michael Spiro – percussion on "Me and Me", "Fox Face", "Rearrange My Face" and "Bikini Atoll"
  • Dale Strumpel – sound effects on "All the Machines" and "Bikini Atoll"
  • Sean Hopper, Paul Kantner – background vocals on "All the Machines" and "It Just Won't Stop"
  • John Colla, Mickey Thomas – background vocals on "Call It Right Call It Wrong", "Me and Me", "All the Machines", "Through the Window", "It Just Won't Stop" and "Rearrange My Face"
  • Ron Nevison – background vocals on "Me and Me"
  • Ina Wolf – background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Ron Nevison – producer, engineer, arrangements
  • Rick Sanchez – assistant engineer
  • Dee Dee Miller – production assistant
  • Peter Wolf – arrangements
  • Skip Johnson – manager
  • Michael Pangrazio – album cover illustrator
  • Paykos Phior – album cover design
  • Andrea Hein – album cover coordination, back cover concept
  • Grace Slick – front cover concept

References[edit]

  1. ^ Viglione, Joe (2011). "Software - Grace Slick | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Grace Slick". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Jeff Tamarkin. "Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane". Google.com. Retrieved March 8, 2015.