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Playlist:The Very Best of Jefferson Starship (Eco-Friendly Packaging)

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Welcome to the Playlist series. Painstakingly compiled by the artists and the music nuts at Legacy Recordings, these collections truly represent an artists' complete body of work. We've fished through hundreds-thousands-of tracks to cherry pick the perfect playlists. Not just the hits (anyone can find those). The life changing cuts. The out-of-print tracks. The fan favorites everyone loves. The songs that make the artist who they are.

You’ll no doubt enjoy the sound of the beautifully remastered songs on this CD (as opposed to MP3's that contain less information, which translate into compromised sound). But we think the thing you'll appreciate most about this Playlist is that even though you didn't make it, you might wish you did.


1. Ride The Tiger
2. Caroline
3. Miracles
4. Play On Love
5. With Your Love
6. Love Too Good
7. Count On Me
8. Runaway
9. Jane
10. Find Your Way Back
11. Stranger
12. Winds Of Change
13. Be My Lady
14. No Way Out
15. Layin' It On The Line

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 21, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B001G7ID9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Craig A. Buxton on August 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Most compilations, particularly the "budget-friendly" ones, provide edited songs for radio play (at one time called "singles"). I was pleased to note the full-length album versions of "Miracles," "Caroline," "Ride the Tiger," and "Runaway." Also nice to see "Winds of Change" from the underrated album of the same name.
You'd still need another disc to represent Jefferson Airplane, and while this one does not feature Starship recordings, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Formed in 1965 San Francisco, Jefferson Airplane was an incredibly influential proponet of psychedelia, but the drugs, sex, and rock and roll lifestyle took a toll over the years. In the early 1970s Marty Balin left the band, Grace Slick survived a nasty car crash, and by 1972 everyone concerned thought they were pretty much over it, and Jefferson Airplane dispanded. But in 1974 the band reformed as Jefferson Starship, and over the next ten years released six more albums, with the 1975 RED OCTOPUS charting at number one.

BLOWS AGAINST THE EMPIRE is sometimes described as a Jefferson Starship recording, but it isn't among the "accepted" releases, and THE VERY BEST OF JEFFERSON STARSHIP offers nothing from it. The recordings here are from DRAGON FLY (1974) with "Ride the Tiger" and "Caroline;" RED OCTOPUS (1975) with "Miracles" and "Play on Love;" SPITFIRE (1976) with "With Your Love;" EARTH (1978) with "Love Too Good," "Count On Me," and "Runaway;" FREEDOM AT POINT ZERO (1979) with "Jane;" MODERN TIMES (1981) with "Find Your Way Back" and "Stranger;" WINDS OF CHANGE (1982) with "Winds of Change" and "Be My Lady;" and NUCLEAR FURNITURE (1984), with "No Way Out" and "Laying It On The Line." Tremendous in-fighting had always been a hallmark of Jefferson Airplane and this remained true of Jefferson Starship: the band's line-up changed from recording to recording, with both Marty Balin and Grace Slick leaving the band at various points and Mickey Thomas coming in as male vocalist in 1979.

Most "Best Of" collections seem calculated to inspire arguments among fans, who seldom agree on what should and shouldn't be included.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on August 6, 2013
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This disc starts off sounding great and continues until tracks from "Modern Times" and "Winds Of Change", which are all very flat sounding. I was curious about this so I extracted the entire waveform and found that those tracks are all chopped off at a certain volume level, having been taken from overly-loud masters and then reduced to match the volume level of the other tracks on the CD. This literally killed all the dynamics in those songs. Another sad consequence of the 'loudness wars'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee Tee on December 30, 2011
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this compilation is a great compilation of the best stuff from both the mickey thomas and the marty balin years. the earlier compilation released by bmg included hits by starship, the band name adopted when founding member paul kantner sued to cease and desist usage of the jefferson starship name. music-wise, the starship years were weak. this collection includes some faves from the balin era: miracles, caroline, with your love, and count on me. from the thomas years, highlights include: jane, find your way back, stranger, and ends appropriately with what i feel is the last good js song' layin it on the line' . this is the best single disc introduction to js that's out there, but also get some of the original studio stuff like red octopus and freedom at point zero, to supplement if js is your bag.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Nelson on December 12, 2012
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The sound is first rate. That's all that mattered to me since I was sold on the track listing. You couldn't ask for much better from a single Jefferson Starship disc. It's soup to nuts as far as covering from beginning to end of the bands tenure. Also, great price for 70 plus minutes of music. If you're a younger person, less familiar with the band and want to explore, this is a real nice disc with most, if not all, of their best songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William West on December 10, 2012
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I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed Jefferson Starship's music. Each song on this release is a solid piece of work and is easy to listen too. "Jane" is a particular favorite of mine. Mickey Thomas' vocals and Craig Chaquico's guitar work make it a "classic" in my opinion. This is NOT Jefferson Airplane and yes, this is commercial Top 40 rock and roll. The music's commercial success is an indication of how good this music really is. I'm glad I bought this playlist and I'm sure I'll listen to it many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lane on July 25, 2011
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This is a great compilation of Jefferson Starship. I only got it for a couple of the songs and when I heard the others I got hooked on it. My father loved them and I can't get this CD back! This is a must have for any Classic Rock or Airplane/Starship fans. Great CD!!
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If you are buying/considering this disc, you likely already understand the progression this band took from the '60s Jefferson Airplane to the late '80s/'90s Starship. That being said, this CD paints a very clear picture of that progression through, what I consider, to be the best, most interesting phase of this band - the Jefferson Starship era.

The CD is layed out in chronological order. There have been alot of bands who's greatest hits CDs have not necessarily followed a time progression, and that has been fine. In this case, it is essential that they did (and would have been disastorous if the hadn't).

The CD begins with Ride the Tiger. This, and Caroline, make it very clear that Jefferson Starship came directly from Jefferson Airplane. They are also highlights from that "style" of the Jefferson catalog.

The next few songs are the Marty Ballin influenced era of Jefferson Starship. In my opinion, these are the weakest songs on the disc. What they do remind you of is the true sense of what drove the soft rock/pop music of the '70s: repetition of a basic chord structure, some basic electronic flurishes around the music (being the '70s, the music industry was still just beginning to experiment with what they could do with a synthesizer and that technology was very basic back then), and absolutely no thought required in the lyrics. While Jefferson Starship/Marty Ballin didn't define this approach, they certainly embraced it for a time before he left the band and it served them well. These are not bad songs for the period, but they are "period" songs.

Then, we come to Jane. When Marty Ballin left the band, they definitely chose a different direction.
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