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Red Octopus

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Red Octopus
Red octopus jefferson starship.jpg
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
ReleasedJune 13, 1975
RecordedFebruary 1975 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA
ProducerJefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Dragon Fly
(1974)Dragon Fly1974
Red Octopus
Alternative cover
Cover art of original LP release
Cover art of original LP release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB− [2]

Red Octopus is a 1975 album by Jefferson Starship. 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 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

Side one
1."Fast Buck Freddie"Grace SlickCraig Chaquico3:28
2."Miracles"Marty BalinBalin6:52
3."Git Fiddler" (instrumental) Papa John Creach, Kevin Moore, John Parker3:08
4."Ai Garimasũ (There Is Love)"SlickSlick4:15
5."Sweeter Than Honey"Balin, Craig ChaquicoChaquico, Pete Sears3:20
Side two
6."Play On Love"SlickSears3:44
7."Tumblin'"Balin, Robert HunterDavid Freiberg3:27
8."I Want To See Another World"Paul Kantner, Slick, BalinKantner4:34
9."Sandalphon" (instrumental) Sears4:08
10."There Will Be Love"Kantner, BalinKantner, Chaquico5:04
2005 CD bonus tracks
11."Miracles" (single version)BalinBalin3:29
12."Band Introduction" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)  1:14
13."Fast Buck Freddie" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)SlickChaquico3:34
14."There Will Be Love" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)Kantner, BalinKantner, Chaquico4:57
15."You're Driving Me Crazy" (live, November 7, 1975 at Winterland)Vic SmithSmith6:44


  • Grace Slick – lead and backing vocals, piano (4)
  • Paul Kantner – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Marty Balin – lead and backing vocals
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Papa John Creach – electric violin
  • David Freiberg – organ (2, 8), lead and backing vocals, ARP synthesizer (4, 10), keyboards (7), bass (3, 6, 9)
  • Pete Sears – bass (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10-15), keyboards (3, 5) electric (2, 11) and acoustic (6, 8-10) pianos, organ (6, 8, 9), clavinet (6), ARP synthesizer (9), backing vocals
  • John Barbata – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional personnel

  • Bobbye Hall – percussion, congas
  • Irv Cox – saxophone


  • 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


1975Billboard 200#1


  • "Miracles" (August 23, 1975) #3 US (Billboard Hot 100)
  • "Play On Love" (December 13, 1975) #49 US


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Red Octopus at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  2. ^ "CG: Jefferson Starship". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Red Octopus - Review". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jefferson Starship - Biography". Retrieved February 26, 2015. 

External links

Preceded by
One of These Nights by Eagles
Billboard 200 number-one album
September 6–12, 1975
September 27 - October 3, 1975
November 1–7, 1975
November 29 - December 5, 1975
Succeeded by
The Heat Is On by The Isley Brothers
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