Sunfighter 1971

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Sunfighter is a 1971 album created by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane. The album was released shortly after the Airplane album Bark was released, and is the second record released on the Airplane’s own Grunt label, backed by RCA. The album features a picture of their baby daughter, China Wing Kantner on the cover. Many Bay Area musicians perform on the album, including members of the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and the horn group, Tower of Power. This album was also the first that Craig Chaquico performed on; he would become the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship.

Track listing

1. “Silver Spoon” Grace Slick 5:40
2. “Diana” Paul Kantner, Slick 0:52
3. “Sunfighter” Kantner 3:50
4. “Titanic” Phill Sawyer 2:25
5. “Look at the Wood” Slick, Kantner 2:08
6. “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves” Kantner, Slick 4:59
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Million” Kantner 4:02
2. “China” Slick 3:17
3. “Earth Mother” Jack Traylor 3:16
4. “Diana 2” Kantner, Slick 1:01
5. “Universal Copernican Mumbles” Pat Gleeson, John Vierra, Kantner 2:03
6. “Holding Together” Slick, Kantner 7:40


Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
Grace Slick – vocals, piano
Jack Traylor – guitar on “Earth Mother”, vocals on “Earth Mother”
Jerry Garcia – guitar on “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”, “Million”, and “Holding Together”
Papa John Creach – electric violin on “Silver Spoon” and “Earth Mother”
Craig Chaquico – lead guitar on “Earth Mother”
Bill Laudner – vocals on “Million”
Jack Casady – bass on “Silver Spoon” and “China”
Spencer Dryden – drums on “Earth Mother”
David Crosby – vocals on “Look at the Wood”, “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”, and “Diana 2”, tambourine on “Look at the Wood”
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar on “Look at the Wood”
Graham Nash – Arp on “Look at the Wood”, vocals on “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves” and “Diana 2”
Chris Wing – drums on “China”
Pat Gleeson – moog on “Universal Copernican Mumbles”, piano on “Universal Copernican Mumbles”
John Vierra – synthesizer on “Universal Copernican Mumbles”, keyboards on “Universal Copernican Mumbles”
Phill Sawyer – sound effects on “Titanic”
Peter Kaukonen – guitar on “Sunfighter”, mandolin on “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”
Shelley Silverman – drums on “When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”
Joey Covington – drums on “Silver Spoon”, “Sunfighter”, “China”, and “Holding Together”
Edwin Hawkins Singers (Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Tramaine Davis Hawkins, Elaine Kelley, Norma J. King, Barbara Gill, Ruth Wyons, Daphne Henderson, Shirley Miller, Eddie Bayers) – vocals on “Sunfighter”
Steven Schuster – flute on “Silver Spoon” and “Sunfighter”, saxophone on “Sunfighter” and “China”, horn arrangements on “Sunfighter”, and “China”
Tower of Power (Greg Adams, Mic Gillette) – horns on “Sunfighter” and “China”