Rhino Entertainment announced a new acquisition deal that includes the rights to the legendary Jefferson Starship and Starship catalog, as well as Grace Slick’s solo albums, selected Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna releases, Paul Kantner and David Freiberg solo recordings, and other gems from Grunt Records’ vault. Rhino promises “a plethora of physical and digital titles” on the way.
The agreement includes music that spans more than 20 years: from Jefferson Airplane’s Long John Silver (1972) to Starship’s 1991 compilation Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change, 1979-1991). In those twenty years, the Jefferson Airplane family underwent numerous changes. In 1972, the group went on hiatus. In the interim, bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen continued on with their side project, Hot Tuna, releasing five albums over five years, including their first studio effort, Burgers (1972).
The following year, lead vocalist Grace Slick released her first of four solo albums, Manhole. That same year, she teamed up with bandmate Paul Kantner to form Jefferson Starship, which featured other Airplane alumni such as David Freiberg, Papa John Creach, and John Barbata, as well as guitarist Craig Chaquico. In 1975, Marty Balin, founidng member of Jefferson Airplane, joined the group. They released eight albums from 1974 to 1984, which included a number of successful singles, including “Count On Me,” “Jane,” “Find Your Way Back, and “Miracles” from their 1975 2x-Platinum #1 album Red Octopus.
In 1985, Slick, Chaquico, Mickey Thomas, Pete Sears, and Donny Baldwin changed direction and their name. Now christened Starship, the band would go on to record three albums, including their Platinum-selling debut, Knee Deep In the Hoopla. With its iconic #1 hit singles “Sara” and “We Built This City,” it became one of the defining albums of the decade.
Now, as part of Rhino’s acquisition deal, more than 25 classic albums from the Jefferson family tree have found a new home under one roof and are now available on digital download and streaming services. Some, such as Grace Slick’s solo albums, have never been available digitally before.
“We’re real happy to have Rhino take over so much of our catalog,” said bassist Jack Casady in the press release. “They have an avid interest in keeping all the great music from our youth relevant and we look forward to a great relationship and all that will manifest.”
“With Rhino’s awesome track record of bona fides I am thrilled that they will be shepherding the re-releases of so much of our catalog,” added bandmate Jorma Kaukonen. “I can think of no better record company to handle this task.”
As part of the roll-out, Rhino has released a brand-new digital compilation, Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship. The collection brings together 20 tracks from across the bands’ recorded legacy and is available now on digital download and streaming services.
Scroll down for all the details on Starship Enterprise: The Best of Jefferson Starship and Starship, as well as a partial list of the albums included in the deal, all of which are now available on digital and streaming services.
Jefferson Starship/Starship, Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship (Rhino, 2019) (Amazon U.S.)
1. “Ride The Tiger” – Jefferson Starship
2. “Caroline” – Jefferson Starship
3. “Fast Buck Freddie” – Jefferson Starship
4. “Miracles” – Jefferson Starship
5. “Play On Love” – Jefferson Starship
6. “With Your Love” – Jefferson Starship
7. “Count On Me” – Jefferson Starship
8. “Runaway” – Jefferson Starship
9. “Jane” – Jefferson Starship
10. “Rock Music” – Jefferson Starship
11. “Find Your Way Back” – Jefferson Starship
12. “Layin’ It On The Line” – Jefferson Starship
13. “No Way Out” – Jefferson Starship
14. “We Built This City” – Starship
15. “Sara” – Starship
16. “Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight” – Starship
17. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” – Starship
18. “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” – Starship
19. “Set The Night to Music” – Starship
20. “It’s Not Enough” – Starship
Tracks 1 and 2 from Dragon Fly, originally Grunt LP BFL1-0717, 1974.
Tracks 3-5 from Red Octopus, originally Grunt LP BFL1-0999, 1975.
Track 6 from Spitfire, originally Grunt LP BFL1-1557, 1976.
Tracks 7 and 8 from Earth, originally Grunt LP BXL1-2515, 1978.
Tracks 9 and 10 from Freedom At Point Zero, originally Grunt LP BZK1-3452, 1979.
Track 11 from Modern Times, originally Grunt LP BZL1-3848, 1981.
Tracks 12 and 13 from Nuclear Furniture, originally Grunt LP BXL1-4921, 1984.
Tracks 14-16 from Knee Deep In The Hoopla, originally Grunt LP BXL1-5488, 1985.
Tracks 17-19 from No Protection, originally Grunt CD 6413-2-G, 1987.
Track 20 from Love Among The Cannibals, originally RCD CD 9693-2-R, 1989.
A partial list of albums included in the deal, all of which are now available digitally:
Long John Silver (1972)
Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (1973)
Dragon Fly (1974)
Red Octopus (1975)
Freedom At Point Zero (1979)
Modern Times (1981)
Winds Of Change (1982)
Nuclear Furniture (1984)
Knee Deep In The Hoopla (1985)
No Protection (1987)
Love Among The Cannibals (1989)
Greatest Hits (Ten Years & Change 1979-1991) (1991)
The Phosphorescent Rat (1974)
America’s Choice (1975)
Yellow Fever (1975)
Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! (1981)
Paul Kantner/Grace Slick/David Frieberg
Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun (1973)