DRAGON FLY (album)

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Dragon Fly (album)

Released September, 1974
Recorded July, 1974
Studio Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Rock
Length 42:25
Label Grunt/RCA
Producer Jefferson Starship / Larry Cox

Dragon Fly is the 1974 debut album by Jefferson Starship. Credited to Grace Slick / Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship, it was the transitional release between the various shifting groups that Slick and Kantner had been recording with, as Jefferson Airplane dissolved in the early 1970s and the new group that Jefferson Starship began.

The album received a RIAA gold certification within six months, selling as well as most Jefferson Airplane albums. Although the single “Ride the Tiger” only reached #84 on the Billboard charts, the album itself hit #11. “Hyperdrive” was used in the opening ceremonies of the 1976 World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmeriCon, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Track listing

Side one

1. “Ride the Tiger” Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner Kantner 5:11
2. “That’s for Sure” Jerry Gallup Craig Chaquico 4:58
3. “Be Young You” Slick Slick 3:49
4. “Caroline” Marty Balin Kantner 7:29
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
5. “Devil’s Den” Slick Papa John Creach 4:03
6. “Come to Life” Robert Hunter David Freiberg, Steven Schuster 3:46
7. “All Fly Away” Tom Pacheco Pacheco 5:25
8. “Hyperdrive” Slick Pete Sears 7:44


“Ride the Tiger” (1974) #84 US
“Caroline” (1974)
Grace Slick – vocals, piano (3)
Papa John Creach – electric violin
Craig Chaquico – lead guitar
Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals
David Freiberg – keyboards (1, 3, 4), vocals, piano (5, 6), organ (7), bass (2)
Pete Sears – bass (all but 2), piano (2, 4, 7, 8), harpsichord (4), organ (8)
John Barbata – drums, percussion
Additional Personnel
Marty Balin – lead vocals (4)
Jefferson Starship – producer
Larry Cox – producer, engineer
Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
Steve Mantoani – recordist
Paul Dowell – amp consultant
Bill Thompson – manager
Acy Lehman, Frank Mulvey – art directors
Peter Lloyd – illustration
Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heider’s, San Francisco