Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship - Blows Against The Empire [LP] (180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, gatefold, import)
Paul Kantner's 1970 debut solo/concept album, Blows Against the Empire is also credited to Jefferson Starship even though it predates the formation of the group by four years and Jefferson Airplane was still active and popular at the time. The concept album broke new ground in its presentation as a musical science fiction novel and it was nominated for a Hugo Award for best sci-fi story. The album was recorded in San Francisco by Kantner with a collective of musician friends that included members of Jefferson Airplane (Grace Slick, Jack Casady, Joey Covington), The Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart), David Crosby & Graham Nash, David Freiberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service and Harvey Brooks of Electric Flag. The dense instrumentation and complex arrangements are well balanced by Kantner's penchant for hooks and harmonies and despite its complicated subject matter, the album still went Gold.
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