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Red Octopus


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Updated: 2017-07-29T19:26Z
Red Octopus
Red octopus jefferson starship.jpg
Studio album by Jefferson Starship
ReleasedJune 13, 1975
RecordedFebruary 1975 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA
GenreAOR
Length42:00
LabelGrunt/RCA
ProducerJefferson Starship / Larry Cox
Jefferson Starship chronology
Dragon Fly
(1974)Dragon Fly1974
Red Octopus
(1975)
Spitfire
(1976)Spitfire1976
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 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
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
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
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
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
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
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

Personnel

  • 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

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

Album

YearChartPosition
1975Billboard 200#1

Singles

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

References

  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". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jefferson Starship - Biography". billboard.com. 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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