Without Balin's romantic songwriting and charismatic stage presence and Slick's sardonic wit and sense of drama, not to mention their highly distinctive vocals, the band was forced to develop a new personality.
This presented both opportunities and challenges that would dramatically change the sound of the band. To add to the challenges they faced, drummer Johnny Barbata was injured in a car accident. The extraordinary English drummer, Aynsley Dunbar, was brought in as his replacement. Having honed his skills with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and Journey prior to joining Jefferson Starship, Dunbar became another key element in the musician's move toward a harder arena-rock sound.
The vocal shift was just as dramatic, as the band recruited former Elvin Bishop Group vocalist, Mickey Thomas, to help fill the massive void left by Balin and Slick. Thomas' soaring falsetto also steered the band toward a more mainstream corporate rock sound. The combination of Thomas' falsetto and Dunbar's drumming, along with a shift in songwriting responsibilities to Chaquico and Sears, led to a sound that was savaged by the critics and left many of their long time supporters behind.
The band was clearly heading in a more mainstream direction, but with the introduction of MTV right around the corner, the new music Jefferson Starship created would soon capture the attention of a new generation of fans. At the dawn of the new decade, these new elements were firmly in place and the group celebrated by performing a series of concerts before intimate home town crowds at X's, a new wave disco in the North Beach section of San Francisco.
With a capacity of approximatelythis was the most intimate venue the group had performed in for years. The first four songs focus on Kantner's songwriting and from the opening song, "Ride The Tiger," one can tell this is a new energized rock band with a new sense of mission. The "Girl With The Hungry Eyes" that follows embraces the new wave that was becoming increasingly popular, before the group sinks its teeth into a double dose of Airplane-era classics, "Have You Seen The Saucers" and "Wooden Ships," the latter with an entirely new a cappella intro that showcases the new vocal blend within the group.
With the exception of a sneak preview of Pete Sears' "Stranger," which would eventually appear on the Starship's album, Modern Timesand "Somebody To Love," with Mickey Thomas taking lead vocal duties and the band tossing in an instrumental nod to The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," they focus exclusively on Freedom At Point Zero material for the next hour. Fans of this album will be delighted, as all these songs have greater energy than their studio counterparts and the band are obviously having a fine time performing them before such an intimate and responsive audience.
As it was p. West Coast time, this precedes a Happy New Year shout-out to the East Coast radio listeners, before they dive in to the afore-mentioned "Stranger," a new song yet to be recorded. Two songs each of the primary songwriter's contributions to Freedom At Point Zero are next included.
Kantner delivers the title track as well as "Lightning Rose," one of his iconic female figure songs that manages to merge his science fiction fixations with a declaration of love, which seems to be partially inspired by his relationship with Grace Slick. Pete Sears' contributions to the album are showcased with back-to-back performances of "Awakening" and "Fading Lady Light" and Craig Chaquico struts his stuff on "Just The Same" and the single he penned for the band, "Rock Music," an accessible good time sing-a-long number.More Images.
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RCA Victor. Grunt 3Grunt 3.Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Freedom At Point Zero. Jefferson Starship November 1, Add to Wishlist. Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Freedom at Point Zero is the fifth album by Jefferson Starship and was released in 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.
Aynsley Dunbar plays drums on this album; he had left Journey the previous year. 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.
Reviews Review Policy. Flag as inappropriate. See more. French Kiss. Bob Welch. The songs, with the exception of "Sentimental Lady", were intended for a projected third album by Welch's previous band, Paris.
However, the group fell apart in before recording could begin. So instead, Welch used these songs for his debut solo album. For the most part, French Kiss presents a mix of hard rock guitar, disco-ish rhythms and sweeping strings. The big hits were "Ebony Eyes", which peaked at number 14 in the US; and a revised version of "Sentimental Lady", a song that Welch had originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac in for the album Bare Trees, which peaked at number 8.
The album itself peaked at number 12 in the US and later went platinum.Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Add to Wishlist. Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Reviews Review Policy. Flag as inappropriate. See more. Quarterflash is the debut album of American rock band Quarterflash. It also hit No. The follow-up single was "Find Another Fool", which reached No.
It is also a featured song in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Winning Combinations.
Classic AOR Hits. Solo Collection. Glenn Frey. Wheels Are Turnin'. REO Speedwagon. It is their second best-selling album, tied with Good Trouble, reaching No. These singles also reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hotreaching 19 and 34, respectively. Jefferson Starship Albums. Nuclear Furniture. Jefferson Starship. Nuclear Furniture is the eighth album by the American rock band Jefferson Starship and was released in It was the last album released by the band until 's Windows of Heaven, and was also the final album by the band before the departure of leader Paul Kantner and the formation of the offshoot band Starship.
Winds Of Change. Winds of Change is the seventh album by Jefferson Starship and was released in It was the first studio album produced after Grace Slick rejoined the band as a full member.Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases.
Jefferson Starship February 6, Add to Wishlist. Listen to this album and millions more. First month free. Earth is the fourth album by Jefferson Starship.
The album was recorded inwith the same band lineup as the previous album, Spitfire and released in The band had not toured inpartly due to Marty Balin's reluctance to commit to the band.
The song "Count on Me" became a Top 10 single, peaking at No. The album hit No. A US and European tour followed. A riot in West Germany occurred after the band decided not to play without Grace Slick, who was ill.
They lost their guitars and equipment during the riot and played one more tense show on West German TV in Hamburg, after which Slick left the band for one album. Marty Balin led the band for one more show at a Genesis concert at the Knebworth Festival in England using rented equipment. When they returned to the US, drummer John Barbata left the band after a serious car accident.
This would be the end of the s line-up and several new members joined the band, as well as a new record producer. Reviews Review Policy. Classic Rock. Flag as inappropriate.
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However, the group fell apart in before recording could begin.The song peaked on the Billboard Hot at No. It is one of the few songs that was performed live by both the David Freiberg -led Jefferson Starship and the Mickey Thomas -led Starship. GQ in said it was a "perfect, complex, trash-gem of work of art.
In Octoberthe song was released for Rock Band 4. It is used by pro wrestler Orange Cassidy as his ring entrance music when he is on the independent promotion circuit. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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US Billboard Hot . US Cash Box Top . Year-end charts [ edit ] Chart Rank Canada .Modern Times is the sixth album by Jefferson Starship and was released in Grace Slick appeared on this album after a three-year absence. She returned near the end of the recording sessions, providing background vocals on some tracks as well as lead vocals on the single "Stranger" as a duet with lead singer Mickey Thomas.
Although not appearing in the band picture on the gatefold cover, she is listed on the back cover of the LP with the credit "Introducing Grace Slick" and her picture is on the lyric sleeve with the note "Grace Slick courtesy of Grace Slick. MTV debuted in and this was the first Jefferson Starship album to have promotional music videos. It was also the first album to feature a charting single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, which had premiered earlier in the year.
The song "Stairway to Cleveland" was inspired by a harsh review that Rolling Stone had given the album Freedom at Point Zero inspiring Paul to wrap lyrics around a phrase he had heard from Paul Warren : "Fuck you! We do what we want! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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RockAOR. Freedom at Point Zero Modern Times Winds of Change Craig Chaquico. Kantner, Mickey Thomas.